Dobson to speak at chamber breakfast

Judge John Dobson, who presides over the county’s drug court, will be the guest speaker this morning at the monthly breakfast of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. This month’s coffee is sponsored by Superior Bank. Dobson, who was honored as the chamber’s Pat Bellew Citizen of the Year at last month’s banquet, retired as district judge in the summer […]

Horton Mill Covered Bridge cleanup and work day set

The Friends of the Covered Bridges of Blount County, in conjunction with the Blount County Master Gardeners Association, will host a bridge cleanup and work day at the Horton Mill Covered Bridge on Ala 75 north on Saturday, June 25, at 7 a.m. The group will be removing overgrown plants and vines, as well as picking up trash around the […]


All smiles despite the heat

Oneontan receives Helen Keller Courage Award

Oneonta’s Danny Frasier has been chosen to receive this year’s Helen Keller Courage Award and will be honored during the festival in Tuscumbia this weekend. Frasier will speak to the Keller Kids on Thursday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. and appear later in the town parade at 6 p.m. On Friday, day two of the three-day event, he will attend […]

‘I try, I will, I can’

Tornadoes show ‘what people are made of’

It seems that everyone is so busy with their own lives, that is until a tragedy like the storms comes. Then we see just what people are made of. They came from far and near to help one another. It didn’t matter what color skin or origin. All we can says is, “Thanks everyone, and may God bless you.” Tornadoes […]

Beautification awards for June

Keep safety in sight this 4th of July

The sights and sounds of a fireworks display are a traditional part of a 4th of July celebration. Unfortunately, fireworks can also lead to another annual tradition – a trip to the emergency room. Approximately 6400 Americans are treated annually for fireworks-related injuries during the 4th of July holiday period. And of those, almost 1600 are treated for injuries to […]

Absense of lead FBI agent, missing notes, create mystery in bingo trial

The sudden exit of the lead FBI agent from the courtroom in the bingo case prosecution on the first day of the trial in Montgomery has lent considerable mystery and speculation to the atmosphere surrounding the circus like event at the federal courthouse in the capital city. Already the case has seen the first lead prosecutor, Peter Ainsworth, shipped back […]

Black bears part of Alabama’s ecosystem

Recent sightings of black bears in different parts of Alabama have many wondering if the animal’s presence in the state is increasing. The heart of bear country in Alabama is its piney woods hills, titi thickets, and river swamps. This has been the case for hundreds of years. In the midst of these natural habitats is a relatively new landscape […]