Behind the scenes


At certain times in the dead of the night, while the rest of Oneonta sleeps, a select few are willing to answer our community’s call for help. These individuals could be responding to a medical call, extracting a person from a wrecked vehicle, or fighting to save a family’s home from being burned to the ground. Firefighters spend hours studying […]

County administrator hearing set

The Blount County Commission prepared subpoenas and delivered them yesterday to the Blount County probate office forserviceto14witnessesfora 9a.m.hearing on Sept. 6 in connection to the proposed termination of county administrator Ralph Mitchell. The hearing and the list of witnesses to be subpoenaed was requested last Friday by Mitchell’s lawyer, Greg Reid. With District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts chairing the meeting, […]

Voter registration deadlines and purposes for upcoming elections

For constitutional amendment election Sept. 18: (Whether to transfer $437 million from Alabama Trust Fund to state general fund to pay for state services such as prisons, child welfare, public health, and Medicaid, among others). Registration deadline is Sept. 7. For District 34 State Representative primary election Oct. 23: (To serve out the term of state Rep. Elwyn Thomas, who […]

City offers pickup for large trash

911 board plans new Oneonta center

The Blount County 911 Board met in regular session on Aug. 16 and discussed in detail the building of a new 911 center at the existing location on Jack Fendley Drive, across from Woodland Park, in Oneonta. After poring over architectural plans extensively and discussing in detail space allocations shown for various functions, the group decided to expand the existing […]

Readers write

Mining reclamation work impresses

The Aug. 1 article regarding the mine in Rosa (Mining suspended at Rosa Mine: MCoal future plans uncertain) caught my attention. Since MCoal began their operation here in Blount County, I have often glanced at their entrance gates in passing and wondered what exactly it was that they were doing. Because of my limited knowledge of the coal mining industry […]

All ages staying healthy at The Gym

The Gym in Oneonta is continuing to offer and add workout opportunities for people of all ages. Classes range from The Silver Sneakers program for seniors to Mommy and Me swimming lessons for ages six months to two years. Owner Lynn Pass says creating a family environment is important and involving kids and teaching them how to be healthy may […]

Readers write

Looking in

I arrived back in the U.S. recently looking forward to reuniting with old friends and enjoying a well-deserved vacation. As a German foreign exchange student at Oneonta High School from 1998-1999, I had the pleasure of living in Blount County for ten months. Aside from the obvious small differences between our countries, I found the United States, and Oneonta in […]


Labor Day in Alabama

This week we celebrate Labor Day. Like Memorial Day, it is a uniquely American holiday. Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer. It has been a long, hot summer here in the Heart of Dixie. For that matter, it has been a record-breaking hot summer throughout the nation. Labor Day also marks the official beginning of the presidential election […]

Locust Fork residents should call WastePro to subscribe to trash pickup service

Citizens of Locust Fork should be aware that the bid for trash collection service for the town has been awarded to WastePro with an effective date of Sept. 1, 2012, notwithstanding the fact that Republic Services (Allied Waste), the existing vendor, has mailed invoices to residents covering trash collection for the period Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. Such notices may […]