Blount County native killed in Afghanistan

Former Marine Sgt. Joseph Elrod was killed earlier this month while serving his country in Afghanistan. Elrod was a 1998 graduate of Appalachian High School. While in school Elrod knew he wanted to be a Marine and focused on achieving that goal, according to his aunt, Joyce Watkins, of Oneonta. “He was always such a happy person, even when he […]

Memorial Day flag raising

Oneonta police officer injured in early-morning chase; suspects arrested

Officer Tommy Herd of the Oneonta Police Department was injured during pursuit of suspects in west Blount County early Monday morning. Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman said his department was assisting the Blount County Sheriff’s Department and the Blountsville Police Department in pursuing fugitives, and the chase led them from between Oneonta and Cleveland to points farther west in the […]

Still ‘room to grow’ at Southeastern School

Southeastern School has experienced a lot of firsts in recent years – new construction, new facilities, new administration, new staff – but a lot of never-beforeseen events still lie ahead for the 1A school. Especially since this year the school had its first ever 10th-grade class, which has kickstarted the transition into becoming a high school. “We are just going […]

Blount’s Best Meats opens in Blountsville

Killingsworth delivers first pitch at SEC Tournament

Sizing up the freshmen


Historically, the Legislature has not been a good stepping stone to governor. In fact, Robert Bentley is the only person in modern Alabama political history to go directly from the Legislature to the governor’s office. However, the Legislature is an excellent training ground for being governor. You learn how state government works and how to craft a budget. Regardless, it […]

OHS Band performs at Disney World

Not many bands can say they have ever escorted Mickey Mouse during the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney World, but after this month’s trip, the Oneonta High School band can put that on its resume. Since 2001, Oneonta High School band director David Bearden has taken his band members once every three years to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.This […]

New Historical Society vice president offers young outlook

Blount County Historical Society president Stanley Moss says he’s looking forward to his new vice president’s youthful insights and energy. “He’s enthusiastic about history, especially local history,” Moss said. “We need more young people involved like he is.” After being a Historical Society member for a little over a year, 19-year-old Robert Debter, a 2012 Oneonta High School graduate, is […]

Southeastern searching for new football coach


In just their second year as a varsity program, the Southeastern Mustangs will be led by a new head football coach. Keith Moore, who led the Mustangs through their inaugural varsity season in 2012, resigned last week. The Mustangs struggled in their first year of varsity competition and with good reason. Southeastern’s 22-man roster was thin to begin with – […]