Shelby visits for chamber breakfast

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby will hold a town hall-style meeting Thursday Jan. 13 at the January chamber of commerce breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Twin Oaks at Heritage Green. Shelby will address the legislative agenda for the first session of the 112th Congress as well as other important issues facing the nation and the state. Following his remarks, he will […]

Oneonta denies rezoning request for hobby farm

Acceding to the unanimous recommendation of its planning commission, the Oneonta City Council denied a rezoning request by Maria Piceno-Zavala. Piceno-Zavala had asked rezoning of a 4.72-acre site at 1095 Valley Road to permit a hobby farm. No one spoke on the matter at the 5:15 p.m. public hearing before the council session. Reading from the planning commission report, Mayor […]

Covered Bridge repairs slowed by approval delays


“Hurry up and wait” might be an apt summary of progress toward reopening Blount County’s covered bridges, since they were closed for repairs in the summer of 2009. The bridges were closed indefinitely by the Blount County Commission at the recommendation of county engineer Richard Spraggins. Spraggins recommended the closings for safety reasons because all three bridges failed to meet […]

Special Needs Foundation disburses over $375,000

With renovations at the Cleveland workshop building leading the way, the Special Needs Foundation of Blount County (SNF) reported spending over $375,000 in the past fiscal year on Arc (formerly Association of Retarded Citizens) services. Arc of Jefferson County, which administers Arc programs in Blount County, purchased the Cleveland structure for use as a multi-purpose facility. Over the past five […]

Navigate icy roads safely as winter hits full swing

Winter roads are rarely safe. Motorists who live in areas of heavy snowfall know full well the dangers of driving in the snow, while drivers who don’t routinely drive on snowy roads might face slick and icy conditions as winter hits full swing. Regardless of the obstacles a motorist faces in the winter, defensive driving is always the safest approach […]


BRITTANY L. TUMBLIN has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, she studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, […]


AMNESTY AT ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is still in effect until Jan. 31. All books and other materials returned in circulating condition by that date will have all fines and fees forgiven. This is the perfect opportunity to return that book you lost three months ago and found under the bed last week. Bring it back by Jan. 31 and get […]

Alabama Scene

Alabama Scene

Where the gold glitters Gov. Bob Riley leaves office this month with an unemployment rate hovering at about 20 percent in Alabama’s Black Belt counties, the poorest of the poor in Alabama. He refuses even to acknowledge it was his actions in forcing the closing of three bingo facilities that caused those numbers to skyrocket by the loss of over […]

Commission meeting rescheduled

The Blount County Commission has rescheduled its January 2011 business meeting. Originally set for Monday, Jan. 10, it has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. The work session will be held at its regularly scheduled time tomorrow, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m. The business meeting will revert to its regular second Monday of the month in February.

OFFER’s Holiday Tour enjoyed by all attendees

The heavy attendance by those who came to view the beautifully decorated buildings in Oneonta on display during OFFER’s Holiday Tour before Christmas may provide incentive for other owners in Oneonta to allow their homes and businesses to be featured in next year’s tour. The OFFER group is already looking for and inviting residents and business to open their doors […]