PENELOPE LORRAINE MEADOWS of Oneonta was inducted into the Alpha Chi Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Wallace State Community College on Sept. 29. Daughter of Linda Meadows and the late Jack Meadows of Candler, she is majoring in sociology/social science. Phi Theta Kappa was established in 1918 by two-year college presidents and is the oldest and most prestigious […]

Veterans tribute at Blountsville

“What did you do in the war, Grandpa? Why?” “What does patriotism mean? What is duty?” “What does it mean to preserve freedom?” These are questions that can be answered during Blountsville Historical Society’s tribute to veterans Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the town’s historical park, two miles north of the gazebo on U.S. 231. […]


JAMES P. STORIE has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The 32 days of training provided the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in such areas as military life, administration, and logistical support. Although continued military training and […]


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Cleveland Elementary “McTeachers”

McDonald’s restaurant in Oneonta recently hosted a project to help local schools raise much needed money for school projects that are not funded by state and county budgets. Dr. David Bradford, principal of Cleveland Elementary School, brought more than 20 teachers and staff personnel to McDonald’s on Saturday to work a shift flipping and serving burgers to a packed house […]

Schools to honor veterans

Veterans appreciation ceremonies will be held Nov. 10 at three high schools in Blount County. Oneonta High School will hold its program at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium. Veterans are invited to attend and participate as guests of honor. Hayden High School plans its program at 1:30 p.m., when the school band will heighten participation for veterans, who stand to […]

City agrees to four-legged police officer and new fence at Woodland Park

The Oneonta City Council voted to accept an “unexpected offer” of a trained police canine. According to Oneonta police chief James Chapman the “going rate” for such dogs is $7500. The city can obtain this one, the chief says, for $1800 of out-of-pocket expenses. The dog, Negao, comes from another agency, which discontinued its program. Officer Jonathan Ledbetter will train […]

Courthouse employees join Halloween fun

Employees at the Blount County Courthouse dress like Halloween trick-or-treaters to bring smiles to children’s faces. The festively dressed ladies share treats with the excited 4-year-olds from Lester Memorial Childcare Center who were invited to the courthouse Friday, Oct. 30, for early holiday bags of treats.

Veterans Day Ceremony set

A special ceremony honoring county veterans of foreign wars will be held at First Baptist Church of Oneonta following the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 7. The time is approximately 11:30 a.m., as soon as the parade itself concludes. Organizer Wayne Bynum said the program will include guest speakers representing the Korean War and Vietnam War. Local veterans will […]