He loved Blount County

Let there be no doubt – Blount County lost one of its biggest assets last week with the passing of Charles Carr. Charles was more than just the executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. He was a man who loved Blount County. Her beauty, her people, her culture, even her business and political landscape. Charles was Blount […]

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Riley and the ethics session

Gov. Bob Riley has called lawmakers to Montgomery this week to take up ethics legislation he is proposing. While I think the state’s ethics law needs strengthening, a legitimate question for the governor would be: “Why did you wait until five weeks before leaving office to call a special session on ethics or any other subject that will unnecessarily cost […]


For the health of it Over the past several weeks I have been noticing how people view themselves. I have heard numerous times – “I want to lose weight” or “I am exercising but I am not getting skinny” or “I NEED to lose weight.” My favorite, and the reason for this article, is “I can’t come to the Gym […]


A PARABLE OF CHRISTMAS FOR OUR TIME A few years ago, I became aware of a church in Texas that pulls out all the stops in celebrating Christmas. For over 25 years, Northside Baptist Church in Victoria, Texas, has hosted an elaborate Christmas play. This presentation has everything: shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus, and even animals. In […]


The ‘chosen’

Background Scripture Isaiah 41:1–42:9. Devotional Reading: Ephesians 1 John 4:13-19. It is 539 B.C. In Babylon the Jews huddle together in the darkness of their exile. In Jerusalem the Jews who remain wander through the ruins of their once-beautiful city. And then, piercing their darkness, comes the voice of God through his prophet II Isaiah: “Listen to me in silence, […]


SINGINGS MT. EBELL COMMUNITY CHURCH in Rosa will have a benefit singing for the Charles Cooper family Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Several gospel groups will be peforming. Pastor is Dennis White. For information, call 256-931-6773 or 256-550-1910. MT. CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST will have a Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. The King’s Messengers will be special […]

101 Angels

From the writings in the Torah and throughout the Old Testament, from the books of the Christian New Testament, and even into modern literature, we read many accounts of the appearance of angels. Some are described as beautiful human-like winged beings, some as white-robed male humans, as pillars of light, or even as a burning bush. Theologians and Bible scholars […]


Durante Windows & Siding of Irondale has partnered with World Outreach Center in Oneonta to help provide Christmas to children in Haiti who are still living in tents after the devastating earthquake there. The Durante team is donating 5 percent of all sales generated Dec. 1 through Dec 11 to World Outreach Center for the “Christmas in a Tent” Haiti […]

County leader Charles Carr dies of heart attack at 63

Charles Carr, executive director of the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce died last Thursday of a heart attack, following a brief illness in recent weeks. His death deprives the county of one of the most respected and effective leaders of his generation. Carr, 63, had served as chamber director since May 2002, when he succeeded the retiring Pat […]

Her first Christmas parade

Eyes wide with delight, mouth a perfect ‘o’ of amazement, face alight with excitement … Gracie Dudley is clearly enjoying her first Christmas parade Thursday night in Oneonta. This joyful little girl is the daughter of Mandy and Steven Dudley of Locust Fork and the granddaughter of Libby and Ricky McCay.