The lobbyists will figure out a way

A Montgomery lobbyist was overheard during the recent special legislative session on ethics saying, jokingly of course, “I guess we’ll just have to go back to doing it the way they used to down here … small bills in brown paper sacks.” Not quite that bad, I say, although I agree with one lawmaker who compared the new ethics law […]


Witness for the redemption

Background Scripture Isaiah 43. Devotional Reading: Isaiah 63:7-14. Distinguished surgeons from many lands were watching a delicate surgery by a prominent British surgeon, Lord Moynihan. Afterwards he was asked how he could remain so concentrated. “Well, it is like this:” he said, “there are just three people in the theater when I operate – the patient and myself.” “But that’s […]



President Obama is under fire from members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus for remarks he made during a recent speech in Indonesia. Apparently the President said that “E Pluribus Unum” is a good summary of the American experience. The phrase means “out of many, one.” The prayer caucus took exception claiming that “In God We Trust” is actually the national […]

Children pray for new heart


SPECIAL EVENTS CALVARY EPISCOPAL, 1002 Park Avenue, Oneonta, will celebrate Christmas Eve Friday at 5 p.m. with a Service of Lessons and Carols followed by the Holy Communion. A short reception in Sam Burke Hall will follow. No service will be held Christmas Day, but regular schedule will resume with Holy Communion Sunday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. PINE BLUFF […]


will have New Year’s Eve singing Friday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. Singers will be the BlueGrass Gospel from Cullman. Snacks will be served that night at the church, located three miles south of Oneonta on Ala 75 at Allgood. For more information, contact Marfaye Love, 274- 0636.

A gift to the community

It is thought to be one of the first Twelfth Night celebrations in the county. Calvary Episcopal Church in Oneonta invites the entire community to an evening of merriment, entertainment, and refreshments Tuesday evening, Jan. 4, from 7 to 9. Josephine Rouse, church music director and organist, presented a Twelfth Night celebration at a study club meeting some time ago. […]

Donny Ray chosen new chamber head

Former Blount County Revenue Commissioner Donny Ray has accepted the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ appointment to fill the position of executive director. Ray assumes the position left vacant upon the death Dec. 2 of former chamber head Charles Carr. “On behalf of the chamber board of directors, we are excited to welcome Donny as […]

‘Do you SEE what I SEE?’

Locust Fork accepts bid on rescue vehicle

Bitter cold didn’t keep Locust Fork Town Council from continuing its full agenda Dec. 14, including accepting a bid for a new rescue vehicle for the town’s volunteer fire department. After the department bid-evaluation committee’s extensive study of the two bids submitted, its members and the council recommended Sunbelt Fire Inc.’s $112,943 bid. The council approved Charles Gilliland’s motion to […]