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THE LITERACY COUNCIL has an immediate need for volunteer tutors to work with struggling adult readers in Blount County. The group is presenting a basic literacy tutor training workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. two consecutive Thursdays, April 8 and 15, at Hope House, 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta. Those interested can register at or call Theresa Sterling at […]

Quality schools ‘single most important thing’ for governor, Davis tells breakfast audience

In an address last week to 135 at the monthly county-city Chamber of Commerce breakfast, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis (D- Birmingham) named quality of education in Alabama as the most important political issue facing the next governor. Davis is a gubernatorial candidate in the November election in a field of two Democrats and seven Republicans. In a 30-minute talk Davis […]

Update from the Chamber

Judge Roy Moore is April breakfast speaker

Judge Roy Moore will be the featured speaker at the monthly Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast scheduled for Thursday, April 22, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be sponsored by Spring Valley Beach. Judge Moore, a candidate for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination, will conclude the series featuring the eight candidates vying for […]

Wind pulls a few strings for Kite Day

The sky over the Hayden football field Thursday afternoon was a swarm of high-flying kites, as Hayden Primary’s annual Kite Day became the perfect excuse for many elementary students and their parents to fly kites. The football field transformed into a rolling sea of children, flying geckos, Barbie, and fantastical kites, each trying to be the one to harness the […]

Blountsville Historical Society planning festival, reenactment

Blountsville Historical Society is preparing again for its annual Heritage Festival and Forrest-Streight Civil War Raid reenactment. Begun in 1999, the event is the society’s fundraiser for its many history/heritage projects. Included among these projects have been building stabilization, renovations, museum displays, research, landscaping, costuming, concerts, parades, fair and festival booths, cemetery walks, school and civic club presentations, a joint […]

Pro rodeo in Oneonta for two performances

The 29th annual Blount County pro rodeo comes to town April 9 and April 10 for two 8 p.m. performances. Each year businesses cooperate to bring the rodeo to the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center at 500 New Street in Oneonta. The Blount County rodeo draws fans from six surrounding counties and all over north Alabama. The chuck wagon races, chicken […]

Good news in Oneonta, Alabama

In this time of change in America, how good it is to find righteousness and wisdom in the mayor’s office and sitting in the city council chambers. Our mayor and city council are such wonderful people. They serve with honor and humility and use wisdom in everything they do. They live by this everyday. Truth perseveres with them and loving-kindness […]


My neighbor killed my beaver that lived in my pond and destroyed its dam. I wanted to know what can be done about it. Who do I contact? Any suggestions will be a help. Don Logan Blountsville

Privileged to be referee

For the past 8 years, I have had the privilege of working with Pastor Rick Lumen at the Oneonta Worship Center in the capacity of “referee” for the men’s basketball league. The Worship Center and Pastor Rick host this league every year. I want to commend Pastor Rick and his staff for what I believe is the best men’s Christian […]

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