Redskins No. 5; Bulldogs No. 10


Blount County had two teams make the top 10 in the preseason high school football poll released last week by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) and another school just missed the top 10. Oneonta is the highest ranked team from the county in the preseason coming in at No. 5 in Class 4A. The Redskins are coming off a […]

Cheak wins swimming gold

Oneonta’s Noah Cheak won three gold medals at the state swim meet last month at Cullman. He finished first in the 50-meter freestyle, 50-meter breaststroke, and 100-meter freestyle events and was the only event winner for the Oneonta team. Gemma Coulls finished second in the girls 50-meter freestyle and third in the 50-meter breaststroke. Max Coulls finished third in the […]


DANNY B. HICKS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Thursday, Aug. 20 at Heritage Golf Course in Oneonta. The four-man scramble tournament will feature 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. flights. The entry fee of $340 per team includes lunch and eight mulligans. Cash prizes will be awarded – $600 for first place, $400 for second place, and $300 for third […]

Museum gets 1790s family Bible

George Washington was president of the United States; Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state; a young upstart named Napoleon Bonaparte was positioning himself as the Emperor of France; and the birth of Joel Blackburn was being recorded in a family Bible now archived in the Blount County Memorial Museum. Larry Brewer of Oneonta donated the Bible […]

Oneonta students visit DeSoto Caverns

Oneonta Elementary students of Nancy D. Hopewell were delighted when their teacher was awarded an $800 Target Field Trip Grant. This enabled the 17 third-grade students to take a trip to Childersburg’s DeSoto Caverns, located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The grants are designed to help bring learning to life for students. Hopewell’s group was selected from more […]


AIRMAN BRADEN N. IRBY graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the […]

A flock of angels

Jean Gargus is so smitten by angel figurines that she has amassed a collection of them. “Someone gave one to me and I thought it was so beautiful, I started selectively buying them wherever I went,” she said. Jean has agreed to share the beauty of her large collection by lending a portion of it to the Blount County Memorial […]


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Hard answer

It plays out all over the country: the demand to maintain the standard of living of a highly industrialized and spoiled society as opposed to the present destruction of the environment and the prediction of far more devastation as we heat up the Earth, the only home we have. Burning fossil fuel to produce electricity is a main source of […]