Commission passes revised logging ordinance, handles routine items

In its monthly business meeting Monday, the Blount County Commission adopted the revised logging notice ordinance as recommended by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA), the agency that developed the original model ordinance passed by the county commission in a special meeting on Oct. 30. Background on logging matters The original version of the ACCA’s model ordinance was […]

Redskins come up short in Auburn

The Oneonta Redskins, led by Casey Hunt (56) and Tyler Smith (19), leave the locker room before Friday’s state championship game against UMS-Wright. The Redskins made too many mistakes and lost the title game 42-14 but finished the season with a record of 14-1 and claimed the runner-up spot in Class 4A for the second year in a row. – […]

House District 11 election set for Feb. 12


Gov. Robert Bentley has set Feb. 12, 2013, as the date for the special election to fill the District 11 House Seat. The opening was created when the Governor appointed former State Rep. Jeremy Oden to the Alabama Public Service Commission. The Feb. 12 date will serve as a special primary election if there is more than one candidate for […]

No leak, just regular maintenance at Inland Lake

On Saturday, the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) released a media advisory stating the utility will be performing needed maintenance and repairs on Inland Lake Dam for the next several months. This will include releasing additional water from the lake. Some residents in the Inland Lake area voiced concern over the repairs being related to a leak in the dam, […]

Downtown Oneonta celebrates with Country Christmas

A few rainy hours didn’t keep downtown Oneonta from enjoying Country Christmas this weekend. The event, sponsored by the Oneonta Business Association, included musicians, speakers, and Santa inviting the Christmas Spirit into town. Roman Street, an acoustic band consisting of Daniel Brett on percussion and brothers Noah and Josh Thompson on guitar, were joined by violinist Melody Duncan at the […]

Blountsville Historical Park displays churn

A Legend in His Own Time

I first heard about Dr. Patton while visiting a relative, who was a patient, in the Gordon-Patton hospital and Dr. Patton was the attending physician. My extended family held him in very high esteem. To them he was a miracle healer who knew not only what “ailed” them but he also knew exactly what to prescribe to cure them. The […]

EDUCATION MATTERS Holiday giving idea…

Make a school a gift in a loved one’s name

By Larry Lee No doubt there are some folks who really look forward to Christmas shopping. I just don’t happen to be one of them. I can do it if I must, but I prefer walking barefoot across hot coals. Let me propose what I think is a great alternative to traditional Christmas shopping. Choose some non-profit entity and make […]


The 2014 race for Governor

Now that the dust has settled from the 2012 Presidential contest we in Alabama are ready for the real horse race. Unlike most states where the race for the White House is the marquee event every four years, our focus has always been on the Governor’s race and our local races. Our forefathers must have perceived that this would be […]

Stop, chat, and eat

You don’t have to go roaming around New York City to find street vendors. They are right here in Blount County. Even in the recent chilly weather, Barry Marsh and John Jabbour are braving the elements to provide quick, low-cost food to anyone traveling through Oneonta. Marsh, of Oneonta, owns a mobile unit that can usually be found in front […]