GOP’s growing pains in Alabama

Alabama Scene

You see it all the time in many organizations. A church grows too large. Part of its congregation is unhappy with the direction it has taken and breaks away to form its own ministry. The same happens with political parties. This year the Republican Party in Alabama had one of its largest turnouts ever in a NON-PRESIDENTIAL primary election…nearly a […]

What are you waiting for?

Background Scripture 2 Thessalonians 2. Devotional Reading: Psalms 33:4-12. Biblical scholar William Barclay says of 2 Thessalonians 2, “This is undoubtedly one of the most difficult passages in the whole New Testament.” I’m glad I’m not alone in thinking that. Nevertheless, it is the passage selected by the 61-person committee representing some 18 denominations that use the Uniform Bible Lessons. […]


SINGINGS MOUNT EBELL COMMUNITY CHURCH, Rosa, will have singing Sunday, July 18, with special group The Boys of Alabama performing at 2 p.m. Preaching at 11 a.m. will be followed by dinner on the ground at 12:30 p.m. prior to the singing. Everyone welcome. WELCOME #2 BAPTIST will have homecoming Sunday, July 18, with lunch at noon followed by 2 […]

Commission approves community corrections plan, transportation, M4A, computer support agreements

The Blount County Commission Monday approved the Blount County Community Corrections program plan for 2011, following its presentation in the business meeting by community corrections executive director Darryl Wheeler. Wheeler said the agency plans to add two employees this year, and will introduce new programs aimed at reducing the number of offenders incarcerated in the county jail as well as […]

Virtual Alabama maps Oneonta schools

“The purpose of Virtual Alabama is for all schools in our state to have a common operating picture for disaster planning, response, and recovery,” Moody Duff of Auburn University-Montgomery’s Center for Government said to a select group last week in the Oneonta High School media center. Assembled were school and city officials along with representatives from the police and fire […]

The wise barred owl

This owl is a resident of the Rosa community. It appears to be a barred owl (Strix varia), also known as a hoot owl, and is one of the more common varieties of owl native to our area. The barred owl is generally quite skittish and very easy to flush. However, according to photographer Susan Johnson, this owl apparently is […]

New Cleveland mayor means business

When Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones was elected, those who know him were sure he would take his role seriously. The Cleveland council learned July 6 just how seriously when his first meeting as mayor lasted nearly two hours – compared with the average one-hour meetings. A new platform and a new setting in the council chambers, including new seating arrangements, […]

Hayden proceeds with application for clinic grant

Several interested town residents at a public hearing July 7 at Hayden Town Hall learned more about the town’s pending application for a $250,000 community development block grant to construct a municipal medical clinic. Community development block grants are funded through Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for projects that improve citizens’ lives. The need for a medical clinic […]

No visible progress on preserving covered bridges

Resident laments condition of covered bridges Engineer reports on development of plans for repair

“It has been a year since the covered bridges were closed and I was just wondering how the repairs are coming along. I haven’t heard or read anything in the paper about them. I know they were supposed to start on Swann this spring, then Horton Mill was next on the agenda with Easley being the last to get attention. […]

Services for former resident

Portia Butler Smith, 40, daughter of Nathaniel and Doris Butler of Oneonta, was reported drowned in the James River in Richmond, Va., last Wednesday, July 7. She attended school in Oneonta and currently lived in Richmond. A memorial service will be held for her Saturday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at E Street Church of Christ. Her funeral was to […]