Are we there yet?

Is it spring yet? Some indicators say it is and some say it is not. Technically, the official spring season arrived in Blount County this year at precisely 12:48 a.m. on March 20, when the path of the sun was directly above the equator on its move toward the northern hemisphere. However, what about the cold nights we have had […]

Are you ready to boogie?

Boogie(v): derived from the Sierra Leone term “bogi”, which means “to dance”; it may be akin to the phrase “hausa buga”, which means “to beat drums.” Boogie Bottoms plans to have a little of both. This Saturday, April 4, Boogie Bottoms opens to the public with its first annual Crawfish Festival. Along with fresh Louisiana mudbugs, visitors can enjoy music […]

Woman of Distinction

Oneonta’s Dr. Syble Hazelrig Brindley (second from left) is one of 10 named women of distinction by the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama board of directors. Accompanying her March 13 at the recognition luncheon-reception at the Harbert Center, Birmingham, were her husband, Dr. Joe Brindley; two of her former Oneonta High School students Alane Quinn Larimer (extreme left) and […]

It was an inspiring event

The luncheon-fashion show hosted by Oneonta’s World Outreach Center March 21 was a celebration of Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ successful organizational year in Blount County. Speaking to some 150 guests, Lynette Glatzer, board chairman and driving force, summarized all the reqirements that had to be met in order to become an approved, functioning agency dedicated to matching big brothers to little […]

Historical View of Economic Downturn

July 2008 - February 2009

July 2008 – February 2009 Blount County ’08 Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec ’09 Jan Feb   Unemployed* 1174 1140 1156 1134 1314 1523 1827 2132   Unemp.% rate 4.4 4.3 4.4 4.3 5.0 5.6 7.1 8.2   Alabama                 Unemployed* 119,896 121,861 115,479 120,394 127,837 139,443 167,106 180,547 Unemp.% rate 5.5 […]

Industrial relations director to discuss unemployment at next breakfast

Update from the chamber of commerce

Tom Surtees, director of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), will speak at the monthly Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday, April 22, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be sponsored by Spring Valley Beach. Mr. Surtees will be speaking about unemployment trends, new benefits, future job prospects, and the state’s […]

The return of the small-town pharmacist

J&M Pharmacy

Janna Faust and Mike Steadman are small-town pharmacists and that is evident at their new J&M Pharmacy. Faust, an Oneonta alum and Auburn pharmacy school graduate, and Steadman, a Hueytown alum and Samford pharmacy school graduate, make a nice team. “We both had worked in the larger chain stores for years,” said Faust. “We just finally decided that we wanted […]

Council welcomes new company and jobs

City of Oneonta

With Mayor Darryl Ray’s projection of more than 100 new jobs, the Oneonta City Council at its latest regular session granted tax abatements to two firms. Tennessee Valley Metals (TVM) has purchased the old Southern Comfort building in the city’s industrial park and will soon consolidate facilities there from three other locations. The move will entail the transfer of between […]

What can you do?

Focus on prevention.

Reach out: support kids and parents to help reduce stress that leads to abuse/ neglect. •Help a parent you know: volunteer to run errands, baby sit, listen. •Talk to neighbors about watching out for each other’s kids. •Donate your used clothing, furniture and toys to families in need. Raise the issue: by educating yourself and others about neglect/abuse. •Copy information […]

Child abuse facts

Abuse and neglect have lifelong consequences for a child, including delinquency, criminal involvement, drug addiction, chronic health and mental problems, overall decline in lifetime productivity, and increased risk of continuing the cycle of abuse. Adverse consequences of abuse are often pronounced, immediately evident, enduring, and multifaceted, including: •Poor physical health – e.g. fatigue, hypertension, impaired immune system functioning, obesity. •Poor […]