Winsome Brownies love pumpkins, flags

Second-grade members of Brownie Troop 587 eye the camera as they wave flags after learning flag etiquette during a November flag ceremony taught by Robert L. Venable (right) of the American Legion and Donny Jackson, a former Boy Scout and war veteran. Brownies shown are Briana Oliver, Bethany Hogeland, Anna Liz Miller, Abigail Logan, Sara Beth Treutel, Victoria Casas, and […]

Lynda Ruth Stephens celebrates 104

Lynda Ruth Stephens celebrated a milestone last week at TLC Nursing Center with refreshments and a reception in the lunchroom crowded with well-wishers. She was 104. Among others on hand to help celebrate were (from left) Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray, state Rep. Elwyn Thomas, and chamber of commerce president Charles Carr. Miss Stephens was born in 1905 in Dickert, Ala., […]


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Community Arts Council gets hand from CAWACO RC&D

The Community Arts Council sponsored this production of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast” as its Missoula Children’s Theater production this year, starring 48 Blount County children, grades 1-12, involved in week-long instruction and rehearsals to learn songs, lines, and choreography for the musical. But it almost didn’t happen. The arts council’s fundraising last year produced only about 15 percent […]

Crime Stoppers program up and running

The number to remember is 274- 2746. Or if it helps, think of it as 274- CRIM(e). That is the number for the new Crime Stoppers hotline. The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is for reporting tips on crimes that have either happened or will happen. The key to a Crime Stoppers […]

Oneonta buys asphalt packer, reappoints Camp to housing authority

In a brief meeting last week, the Oneonta City Council accepted the lone bid of $26,221.11 by Thompson Caterpillar on a new asphalt packer. The packer replaces a nearly 20- year-old similar model. The council also accepted the recommendation of its housing authority to reappoint Hugh Don Camp to that board. Camp’s term was to end Dec. 2. In informational […]

Alzheimer’s patient abandoned

“ Old age,” wrote Trotsky, “is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.” An 87- year-old Oneontan, and one of 4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, has been long past expecting anything. Last Wednesday, a staff member at St. Vincent’s Blount in Oneonta was approached by a man escorting the elderly gentleman into the emergency […]

What are drug courts and why are they needed?

What are they? Drug courts are specially designed courts that handle cases of nonviolent substance-abusing offenders within the adult and juvenile justice systems. Why are they needed? The Blount County Sheriff’s Department has logged 465 arrests on drug charges, just through October this year, with $482,790 in confiscated drugs. They’ve destroyed 53 meth labs. State prison overcrowding means that many […]

Blount County author publishes major novel

Reading, signing set locally

T. K. Thorne (Teresa), of Straight Mountain, has written a major novel called Noah’s Wife, published by Chalet Publishers, of Arizona and Alabama. The book is a serious work of fiction set during the dawn of civilization near the shores of the Black Sea in modern day Turkey. Cover design is by Thorne’s sister Laura Parenteau, of Highland Lake. A […]

Christmas Parade Route

Start at red light at Daniel Shopping Center (Save-A-Lot). Proceed south on Ala 75 to 1st St. at Picket Fence; turn left (walking groups turn right to disperse at Lester Memorial parking area). Proceed on 1st street past Miller Gallery to East 1st Ave (Main Steet) downtown; (bands turn right on Main Street and board buses in front of Children’s […]