Night on patrol

Thankfully, I have never been arrested,and prior to Friday night I had no clue what happened after someone was arrested. But now, from witnessing someone being handcuffed and watching them unwillingly going through the process, I have been enlightened. I had the privilege of riding with the Oneonta Police Department Friday night. I had no preconceived notions of what was to […]


Personnel decisions dominate agenda

One administrative position and several teaching openings were filled last week during a special meeting of the Blount County Board of Education. Southeastern School, which is transitioning to a high school, will now have an assistant principal. Glenn Puckett, formerly the graduation coach of the career focus program at the Blount County Career Technical Center, is the school’s new assistant […]


Possible out-of district tution increase discussed

The Oneonta Board of Education discussed multiple policies for the upcoming school year at their meeting on Monday. Among those was the possibility of increasing the out-of-district tuition from $250 to $350 per student. The school hasn’t increased the tuition since 1997. “If we adjusted 3 percent annually for tuition it would now be $392,” Oneonta Supt. Scott Coefield said. […]

State scholarship program named for Richard Spraggins

The annual scholarship program of the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) has been named the “ACEA Richard Spraggins Scholarship Program” in honor of one of the program’s strongest supporters. The honor was announced at the association’s annual conference last month. Spraggins is the former county engineer of Blount County. The scholarship program awards two $2,000 college scholarships each […]

Child dies after incident at Spring Valley Beach

A 3-year-old died Monday morning after an incident at Spring Valley Beach on Friday afternoon. Emergency personnel responded to a call of an accidental drowning at the waterpark. The young girl, Sarah Golden, was then transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Blount after being administered CPR by staff at the park. Golden, who is from Woodville, Ala., was then airlifted […]

Head meteorologist to address chamber breakfast June 28

Jim Stepkovich, for the last seven years meteorologist-incharge of the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Birmingham forecast office, will speak at the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Com-merce monthly breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 28. Focusing on the events of Alabama’s historic destructive tornadoes on April 27, 2011, he will discuss severe weather safety, the severe weather warning process, […]

Blountsville Business Association presents check to the town council

During Monday night’s town council meeting, the Blountsville Business Association presented the town with a check in the amount of $10,230. This donation was given to the town for the purpose of purchasing an additional 22 decorative street lights for Main Street. These lights will join the 18 that already stand at designated spots along the road. The donation marks […]

Oneonta and Blount County arrest reports

The Oneonta Police Department arrested 11 different people for various crimes from June 11 – June 18. Four arrests were made for failure to appear and two of the suspects had additional charges, one for giving false information to law enforcement and one for theft of property (3rd). Two individuals were charged with DUI. One had two additional charges, possession […]

Muscular Dystrophy benefit ride stops in Oneonta

On Saturday, Charles Daniel, ABC 33/40’s morning meteorologist, missed the turn into the Jack’s restaurant in Oneonta, but last year he jumped at the opportunity to help his sister, Jennifer Thompson, who suffers from a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. For the second year, Daniel has continued Jennifer’s Ride: Passport for a Cure Benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, […]

Oneonta-based law firm merges with Massey, Stotser, and Nichols

One of the oldest law firms in Blount County has merged with a law firm from the Birmingham area. Sherrer and Sherrer will now be under the name Massey, Stotser, and Nichols. In 1962, Wayman Sherrer took over the Johnson and Randall law firm, which had already been in operation for 50 years. Sherrer and his son, Jeff, have been […]