Something different this way comes

Drug court. It’s called court, but it’s different from any other court you’ve ever seen or heard of previously. How so? Traditional courts are mainly about establishing innocence, guilt, or degree of guilt and assigning appropriate punishment. Those concepts aren’t foreign to drug court, but the main focus, rather than punishment, is rehabilitation. Punishment isn’t unknown, but it’s generally the […]

Alabama Youth Home brings hope, one youth at a time

It doesn’t take much time spent with Randy Hale, vice president/program coordinator, and the staff at the Alabama Youth Home in Hayden to sense their incredible commitment to nurturing, teaching, and disciplining the girls aged 13-18 who call this their home. While abuse, neglect, and abandonment leave thousands of girls homeless each year, Alabama Youth Home strives to bring hope […]

Oneonta out of all county tournaments

Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, Oneonta High School is excluded from participating in any Blount County athletic tournament. “We just feel that it is time for (the Blount County system) to have our own championships,” said Blount County Supt. Jim Carr. “That comes from all facets of our system – from the coaches, administrators, board members, and fans. There […]

Solid Waste Authority recommends halting County Line landfill

The Blount County Solid Waste Authority Thursday recommended in a strongly worded letter that the Blount County Commission oppose construction of a 219-acre, 2000-tonper day landfill proposed by the town of County Line. The proposed service area for the landfill is the entire state of Alabama. Solid Waste Authority Chairman Bob Shows appeared at Thursday’s evening commission work session to […]

Indiana man found guilty in drug case

An Indiana man has been found guilty by a Blount County jury in a drug trafficking case that began in 2008 with a traffic stop on I-65. Raymond Britt, 35, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., was found guilty of trafficking cocaine and marijuana after less than an hour of deliberation by a circuit court jury. “Mr. Britt brought a significant amount […]

Buzzing about the bee

Thanks for ‘Operation Grateful Heart Fund’

We are expressing our sincere thanks for the “Operation Grateful Heart Fund” sponsored by the Blount County Museum in Oneonta, which pays the postage for boxes we have been sending to our deployed sons in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thank you to Amy Rhudy and to all who contribute to that fund. Ralph and Elaine Gardner Oneonta

‘Time frame… only a theory’

In the 3/2/11 edition of the paper, there was a picture of a SMART Board in one of the county schools. This type of technology is great when properly used and can help tremendously in the classrooms. However, there was a statement made in the comment stating it shows how over millions of years the super continent Pangaea separated into […]

Don’t dump on Blount

I just heard the other day that a new landfill for household and medical waste is proposed for Blount County. Have you heard about it? The small town of County Line is proposing a 2000-ton-per-day landfill on 219 acres of privately owned land that was recently annexed into Blount County. Obviously more landfill than is needed by this small town […]


A public safety fair is being sponsored Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. till 12 noon by Oneonta Public Library and Oneonta Fire Department. The fire department will have information about fire and weather safety and will have a fire truck for display in the library parking lot. Oneonta Police Department will have information about the “Stranger Danger” program and […]