Blountsville native in welding competition

Wallace State Community College welding graduate Drew Hendrix has been busy preparing for a prestigious technical skills competition. The Blountsville native competed recently at the 47th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City, Mo., after winning the state event in April in his first attempt. Hendrix, a J.B. Pennington High graduate, is the third Wallace State […]

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Fire lashes basket factory Fire destroyed the Oneonta Basket Factory last Wednesday afternoon about 6:30 o’clock. That part of the factory that housed the heavy machinery was a total loss; the front part of the building housing some of the light machinery and storage space was saved. One of the principal industries of the town, the basket plant gave employment […]

Oneonta travel team places second

Blount County 4-H members place second at district contest

Four members of the Blount County 4-H program won second place overall at the 2011 North Alabama 4-H District Livestock judging contest held Thursday, June 16, at the Debter Hereford Farm in Horton. Junior team members Mekenzie Standridge, Gracie McPherson, Lyndsey Nolen, and Owen Cornelius brought home a second place ribbon in the overall team contest. They each also placed […]

Alligators – natural wonder or dangerous predator?

Few wild animals living in Alabama today bring out the darkest fears in our imagination. The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is one animal that does. This animal is dangerous and does warrant some caution by anyone who ventures into its habitat. But is it really the mindless man-eater of our nightmares? Alligators are becoming more common in Alabama, its populations […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is now looking for officials for the 2011 season. For more information, contact Tim Clevenger at 205-617-1102 or Blake Pettus at 429-2079. SOUTHEASTERN YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADER REGISTRATION will be held every Saturday in July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school concession stand. Registration is for players ages 5-12. For more information, […]



Bruce and Joan Moody of Oneonta announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Noel Moody, to Jacob James Wiggins, son of Elaine Vincent and the late Randy Wiggins. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Kirk and Fannie Holt of Nectar and the late Elvin and Eldora Moody of Altoona. She graduated from both Oneonta High […]

Sounds of didgeridoo enthrall listeners

When Oneonta Public Library staffers were planning their summer activities, one thing they knew for sure. They wanted Mark Seymour to play his didgeridoo. Most people don’t know what kind of instrument this is, but it fit perfectly the reading program theme “One World, Many Stories.” Kids and parents alike were enthralled with the strange look and sounds of the […]

Ladies’ luncheon to feature humorist

Ann Murphree has invited Patti Westmoreland, a Christian speaker and humorist, to talk at a women’s special luncheon Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Charlie B’s in Oneonta. Westmoreland labels herself “100% High Octane Southern Sunshine,” and when she takes center stage as “Gracie Dwiggers, Queen of the Rainbow Trailer Park,” those who’ve heard her say the audience roars. […]