A morning in the life of District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert

The morning begins with a nuisance: a newspaper reporter who’s been pestering you for two weeks to take time off from building a bridge and repairing roads to shoot the breeze about how things are going in District 3. It’s just one of the many nagging chores that go with the job. “But I love my job,” Commissioner Dean Calvert […]

Adrenaline rocks!

While rock climbing, sometimes Eben Sanders doesn’t see a need for ropes, harnesses, or even a random tree he might be able to cling to if he gets in trouble. One small “crash pad” is all that lies between him and the hard ground below. That’s bouldering, and Palisades Park is becoming a premiere spot for the activity. “Bouldering is […]

Oneonta buys police vehicle, drag machine, and surpluses low-boy trailer

The Oneonta City Council handled three equipment-related matters among other actions at its most recent meeting. Councilman Tim McNair presented the police department’s case for a new vehicle. McNair reported an existing car had serious engine problems. He explained that a 2013 Tahoe on the state bid list sells for $27,467.88 and it comes wired for light attachments and other […]

Blount County says goodbye to Brother Bert

DR. E. BERT GOODWIN, 88, died at his Oneonta home April 23, 2013. The noted retired Methodist minister identified with people of all walks of life and was a friend and spiritual guide to countless persons. He was born on Nov. 16, 1924, in Chalkville, to Gladys and Eley Bert Goodwin Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents; […]

West Blount fire service area gets ISO downgrade

Homeowner insurance rates in the service area of West Blount Volunteer Fire Department may increase significantly over time due to the downgrading of the department’s ISO rating. Greg Reid, board chairman of the West Blount Volunteer Fire Department, said that he had learned of the change in rating on Easter Sunday. It had been communicated by letter in March to […]


Law Day, May 1

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day as “a day of national dedication to the principle of government under laws” and as a day of national remembrance of “the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law.” Every president since has issued a proclamation each year recognizing Law Day, and in l961, Congress passed […]

This weekend!

Hansel and Gretel (Christopher Beason and Hannah Huie) take on the wicked witch who hasn’t got a prayer even as played by zany Cindy Hastings. The opera version featuring an all-local cast and based on the Grimm fairy tale, unfolds Friday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School. Widely heralded […]

Bill to corral Birmingham Water Works Board goes before House committee

by Ron Gholson A bill that would increase regional representation on the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) while significantly proscribing its prerogatives was debated in the state House of Representatives County and Municipal Government Committee yesterday. Key provisions of the bill, designated HB 647 and SB 460: •provides for appointment of additional member of board from any county where customers […]

Financial planner speaking at OBA meeting

On Tuesday, May 7, certified financial planner Frank Horton will speak on the topic “Strategic Tips for Small Business” during the Oneonta Business Association meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Miller’s Soda Shoppe in downtown Oneonta. “Earlier this year, we conducted a survey of OBA members, and one of the questions was how we could improve attendance at meetings. Having a […]

Susan Moore wins county golf title

Led by medalist Jared Poole’s 74, the Susan Moore golf team fired a 370 to win the Blount County Golf Tournament at Heritage Golf. Hayden was second with a 382, followed by Locust Fork (405), Cleveland (419), J.B. Pennington (518) and Appalachian (532). Susan Moore team members are (left to right) John Peppers, Luke Owens, Ryan Brown, Jared Poole, Thomas […]