Endorsements, spending, last questions for District 34 campaign

The election for District 34 State Representative, covering roughly two-thirds of Blount County, is set for Dec. 11. It pits runoff winners David Standridge, retired probate judge, and Chris Latta, market executive for People’s Bank, against each other in the finale of a campaign that got off to a frenetic start in early September with six candidates and almost that […]

Hope House holiday giving ‘best it’s ever been’ says Jones

Holiday good news comes in three happy bundles this season, according to Hope House director Bud Jones. Bundle one The partnership between Hope House and three county churches to serve free Thanksgiving meals to seniors and other citizens needing a hot meal produced record results. First Baptist Church of Oneonta and Bible Way and Grace Baptist Church of Snead together […]

Mitchell merit board hearing suspended for settlement talks

In the wake of weekend rumors, Greg Reid, attorney for fired county administrator Ralph Mitchell, confirmed Monday that Blount County Merit Board hearings on Mitchell’s termination have been temporarily halted while the two sides discuss a possible settlement which would restore Mitchell to employment with the county. According to Reid, a settlement offer made before Mitchell’s termination hearing on Sept. […]

Welcoming the Christmas spirit

Billboard-charting musicians, coffee, and Santa will be ushering in the Christmas season to Oneonta this year. Country Christmas, hosted by the Oneonta Business Association, will take place on Dec. 7 and 8. People of all ages will be able to rekindle that Christmas spirit with music, decorations, and numerous holiday activities. Main events during Country Christmas include musical guests entertaining […]

School meets barn-raising spirit in Clarke County ‘HIPPY’ project

Editor’s note: Larry Lee led the study “Lessons Learned from Rural Schools” and is a long-time advocate for public schools. He continues to observe and comment on effective local ideas and efforts to support schools around Alabama He is a former Chamber of Commerce breakfast speaker on the subject “Education Precedes Prosperity.” Kathy Spidle could’ve been at home this Tuesday […]

The Journey

Opening Swann and Easley Covered Bridges has given drivers an opportunity to enjoy the journey to their destination. The one-lane covered bridges harken back to a slower pace. Not a popular idea for modern, more hectic times. These bridges now have posted weight, height and width signs. Yield and stop signs are to be installed. The Friends of the Covered […]

Farm-city partnership

As we gather with family and friends to count our blessings this holiday season, let’s give thanks for the bounty we enjoy every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us, and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use on a daily basis, didn’t just appear in a store. Rural […]

Hayden looking for new football coach

Steven Kerby has resigned as head football coach at Hayden High School. Kerby, a native of Hatton and a former assistant at Russellville and Austin, was hired in March 2009. In four years at the school, Kerby compiled a record of 14-26, including back-to-back 5-5 seasons in 2010 and 2011. The Wildcats were 2-8 in his first season and 2-8 […]


From amendments to bingo

It would appear that being a state legislator is an exciting and challenging experience. Some of you might think that a legislator’s average day is spent molding pubic policy and debating important measures that could have dramatic effects on the lives of their constituents. However, let me tell you from experience that much of a legislator’s day in Alabama is […]

Open house Friday at Klassy K-9 & Sassy Kat

Jon and Sherry Pierce, owners of Klassy K-9 & Sassy Kat Resort and Spa, have revamped the meaning of bringing your work home with you. The couple recently moved their business to 306 Railroad Avenue, across from Clothing Care Cleaners. The two-story building houses the pet boarding and grooming business downstairs, and the Pierces live upstairs. “We wanted to expand […]