What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage?

Valentine’s Day might be a good excuse to watch romantic movies, eat a whole box of chocolate, and/or enjoy an expensive meal with your significant other. However, for Bob and Dottie Santini, Valentine’s Day was never a particularly special holiday. “If we aren’t too busy, every day is Valentine’s Day,” Bob said. Back in 1937, stepping up and being a […]

Oneonta Schools re-evaluating calling system

Oneonta School Supt. Scott Coefield wasn’t pleased when a call he thought he sent to 2700 of Oneonta student’s parents and guardians actually only went out to 12 people. Now, Coefield says he and the Oneonta City School Board will be re-evaluating their calling system after the malfunction occurred during a recent weather event. When a student is enrolled in […]

Commission votes to request split of probate judge/commission chairman job


In a business meeting that seemed from the agenda to bode for a speedy and simple conclusion, the outcome was anything but that. As the end of the agenda approached at a brisk pace, District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert requested permission to amend it by adding four items of business, all requiring contact with the county’s legislative delegation. And things […]

Three more county roads identified as ATRIP projects

Three more county roads have been selected for repaving through the Alabama Transportation and Rehabilitation Improvement Program (ATRIP) a state financing program that provides 80 percent of the costs of repaving qualified county roads and upgrading eligible bridges. The remaining 20 percent of the needed funds are provided by the county. Blount County’s three road repaving projects include one in […]

OES celebrates first National Honor Society induction ceremony

Alcohol questions

I have been reading the coverage regarding Oneonta alcohol sales. I am a disabled veteran that served in Operation Desert Shield, Storm and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). I along with many other veterans and current soldiers have fought for every citizen’s constitutional right to vote. There are several items I read in the articles and editorials that bother me though. […]

Twenty mini storage units vandalized

The Oneonta Police Department is looking for a suspect or suspects involved in the recent vandalism of Whited Mini Storage in Oneonta, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. Sunday night, doors of 20 mini storage units were damaged, however, authorities have yet to determine if any items are missing. Currently, the department is investigating leads, but anyone with information […]

Now in session


The 2013 legislative session kicked off last week. There is an old saying that nobody’s life, liberty, or property is safe when the Legislature is in session. A more accurate description for today in Alabama with a super Republican majority in charge in both chambers would be that no liberal or Democratic interests are safe when this Alabama Legislature is […]


Mid-year personnel moves dominate February agenda

The Blount County Board of Education followed the recommendation of Supt. Jim Carr and approved several personnel actions during last week’s meeting. The board hired Tiffany Ponder, long-term substitute teacher, Blountsville Elementary; Meghan Goss Kilgo, science teacher, Locust Fork High; Nicole Clowdus, kindergarten teacher, Locust Fork Elementary; and Jacquelyn Acton, part-time utility bus driver, Hayden High. Utility bus driver Joseph […]

Phillips wins state award