‘When the weather’s warm’


Background Scripture 1 Thessalonians 4:13—5:28. Devotional Reading: Joel 11:3-16. The feedback from Thessalonica was very encouraging – except for one thing: a potential threat to the life of the congregation there. Someone – and we do not know who, when or how – threatened to divide the church with misleading and harmful pronouncements on the second coming of Jesus Christ. […]


REVIVALS NEW BETHEL BAPTIST, Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland, will have revival services at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4, and at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, July 5, through Friday, July 9. Pastor is Eric Stone. Helper is William McClellan. THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER TABERNACLE, 46 Daileys Drive, Oneonta, will have camp meetings July 5 – […]

Jones elected mayor


Cleveland voters last week returned a former mayor to office in a race where four candidates sought to define themselves as future leaders. Jerry Jones, who had finished a distant fourth to Larry Longshore in the 2009 Cleveland mayoral election and this year pledged to be the voice of the people, finished with a strong lead. Cleveland’s park and street […]

Policy changes considered; new teacher hired


In a meeting that lasted more than two hours, the Oneonta City Board of Education discussed changing two system policies and hired a new high school math teacher. Supt. Scott Coefield asked the board to consider updating policies on delegation of parental authority (concerning student enrollment in emergency situations or extenuating circumstances) and use of private vehicles for transportation of […]

Welcome to the (squirrelly) crowd

Community News

BLUE BELL/WRANGLER REUNION will be held Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. in the Woodmen of the World building on Ala 75. Everyone is invited to come and bring a covered dish and items of interest to share. FERAL CAT PROGRAM Blount County now has a feral cat program to assist in trappping, spaying/neuering, and returning the […]

Bentley and Byrne butt heads gently

The defining moment of the 90- minute Oneonta forum featuring Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Bradley Byrne and Dr. Robert Bentley came moments from its conclusion when the crowd burst into applause. The ovation, with most of the audience standing except the dignitaries at the front tables, set the tone for the morning and perhaps the entire campaign when Bentley vowed: “I […]

Time to heal

Everyone knows Cleveland has had more than its share of controversy, but on June 22, 2010, the citizens finally got a chance to have their voices heard. After months of work on behalf of the citizens, a new mayor was elected to begin the process of suturing the wounds that have been inflicted on the town. As founding father Thomas […]

What has your town council done for you?

It has recently come to my attention that our town council is trying to be more than just a small-town Town Council. What I am about to tell you is in black and white at the town hall and you have a right to see for yourself. Just think who your town council members are. They are your neighbors who […]

Pot holes

How did we ever manage to build our road beds and then pave or concrete them, and now we can’t come up with enough money to fix the pot holes and keep the roads up? We are knocking wheel alignment out and ruining our tires hitting these pot holes. – D.F. Owens Altoona