Busy, bidin’ your time


Background Scripture 2 Thessalonians 3. Devotional Reading: Psalms 89:1-8. Today, as I prepared to write, one of George Gershwin’s songs came to mind: I’m bidin’ my time, Cause that’s the kind of guy I’m, While other folks grow dizzy, I keep busy, Just bidin’ my time. That term, “bide,” is not used much today. It is defined as “to endure, […]


SINGINGS NEW HOME #1 MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have its monthly singing July 25 at 1:30 p.m. Specials will be The Evangelaires and Union Hill’s sign choir Hands to Serve. Pastor is Tommy Riggs, and singing chairman is Verbon Lancaster. Everyone is welcome to come for lunch following the morning service. VBS MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST, on county road 47, Blountsville, will […]

Speculation about Dr. Hubbert’s plans continues

Saying that leaving a vice chairmanship of the State Democratic Party would allow him to work more effectively on behalf of Alabama Education, Dr. Paul Hubbert stepped down last Friday from that partisan leadership position in state politics. “I believe AEA interest is better served by my leaving any leadership role in the Democratic Party and being free to work […]

Red Hats

The bookworm sez

Red Hats by Damon Wayans, c.2010, Atria Books, $19.99 / $27.00 Canada, 214 pages Sometimes, you feel like you’re being stalked. The woman two doors down keeps asking you to lunch or to join her after work or to check out her book club. You’ve politely (and not-so-politely) declined at least 10 times and she keeps on asking. She’s nice […]

Community News

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL announces dates for new student registration and parent/student orientation. New students may register July 29 and July 30. Parent/student orientation for all students will be Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for grades 7 and 8; Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. for grades 9 and 10; and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. for grades 11 and 12. SENIOR […]

Lee Ridge developer and residents seek help from Snead council

Lee Ridge subdivision developer Terry Stover asked the Snead Town Council to accept streets in his subdivision as town property. Councilors declined to so act. Stover spoke intermittently between comments from subdivision residents and council members. Eventually, Stover, who had opined that the present council would not accept the road regardless of any repairs he might make, left the meeting. […]

Dobson announces retirement as district judge; eyes new job

District Judge John Dobson has announced he will retire from office effective July 30 after nearly 22 years on the district court bench. Following retirement, he will move immediately to a new job as judge and head of the Blount County adult drug court, already approved and funded by the state Administrative Office of Courts, and currently in the process […]



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Expert to analyze gulf oil spill at breakfast

Update from the chamber

The monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Twin Oaks. The program will be sponsored by Tyson Foods and features Dr. Keivan Deravi. Gov. Bob Riley has appointed Dr. Deravi to analyze the impact on Alabama’s economy of the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. […]