Career Tech welding school prepares students for certification, good jobs



By 2010, there’ll be a shortage of 200,000 welders nationwide in fabrication and construction, according to Randy Hammond, welding instructor at the Blount Career Technical Center at Cleveland. “According to industry sources, the average age of welders in this country is in the mid-fifties, with many approaching 60 years old,” said Hammond. “They estimate that over half of the industry’s […]

Shelby town meeting zeros in on economy



“We’re a nation headed down the road to financial destruction. If we load our nation up with debt, we’ll undermine everything we believe in, and our grandchildren will not have the opportunities we’ve had.” So saying, Richard Shelby, senior senator from Alabama, kicked off his town meeting at Oneonta’s city hall last Friday afternoon and summarized much of the discussion […]

City, county schools conducting Child Find



Oneonta City and Blount County school systems are conducting Child Find campaigns in their districts in an attempt to identify children ages birth through 21 who have disabilities. Referrals may be made by parents, child-care providers, social service agencies, and others interested. “Both systems ensure that all children in our districts have access to resources and agencies that can help […]

Oneonta boosters offer classes as fundraiser



The Oneonta High School Academic Boosters Club has scheduled a weekend of enrichment as its spring fundraiser. Offering 14 courses at $10 an hour, the club hopes to expand community interest while at the same time raising money to recognize and supplement education. To be presented Saturday, March 7, the classes will feature volunteers who will share knowledge in areas […]

Hope House offers youth empowerment, stop smoking classes



Hope House Inc. announced this week it will offer two series of classes beginning in March. Youth Empowerment The Youth Empowerment class series is for Blount County young people ages 13 to 18 and their families. The class is offered Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for 12 weeks, beginning Mar. 3. Topics covered include anger management, assertiveness, money management, […]

Snead lacks quorum, opens bids



With Mayor Tim Kent and councilors Trudy Campbell and Phillip McHan absent, Snead councilmen James Campbell, Jack Freeman, and Charles Sanders oversaw sealed bid openings for a new firetruck at their scheduled Feb. 23 council session. Representatives from KME (NAFECO), Pierce, and Sun Belt fire equipment attended the meeting. Town clerk Rae Ware expressed reservations over opening the bids, despite […]

New fire truck for Brooksville



The Brooksville Fire and Rescue Department has just acquired a shiny, new 1998 Freightliner fire engine to replace the 1977 model truck that failed its pump test last year. The new vehicle has a 325-horsepower engine and pumps 1250 gallons per minute. It has a Saulsbury rescue-type body that allows loading of both fire and rescue equipment, including extrication tool. […]

Alabama Scene

$195 per hour is a real stimulus

It seems as though everybody in Alabama is after a chunk of the President’s $787 billion stimulus bonanza. The headlines tell the story thusly: “Alabama Port Authority seeks $27 million… Cities, counties fight over stimulus funds… Alabama in line for billions… Stimulus offers hope for road crews… Riley says stimulus key to state’s budget” and on and on and on. […]

Clearly Speaking

Financial Planning - Helping You See the Big Picture

Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached. That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you reach your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, […]

From the Archives



Advanced To Second Class The Oneonta postoffice has met all requirements to be advanced to a second class office on July 1st. The business of the office increased more than fourteen per cent last year, putting the receipts from the sale of stamps at more than eight thousand dollars. The money order business was more than forty thousand dollars. It […]


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