Willis brings experience to job as fire chief

When Arthur Willis was hired as the fire chief of Oneonta last month, his life-long goal was fulfilled. As a teenager fighting fires in Lowndes County 30 years ago, Willis says he knew then he wanted to be a fire chief someday. Years later that dream continued as he climbed through the ranks at Birmingham Fire and Rescue. He reached […]

Finally, football…

Oneonta prepares for new school year

by Nicole Singleton Oneonta students returning to school on Aug 19 and teachers returning on Aug 13 will encounter one major change since last school year – the introduction of the middle school. Students in grades 6 – 8 will now have their own middle school area and middle school office, which will be located where the elementary office used […]

Old time gospel singings – then and now

Blount County Gospel Choir annual singing set Aug. 18

Choir director Chris Green created the Blount County Gospel Choir in 2006. It came at the public’s request for a full-choir version of a hand-picked ensemble’s singing of beloved gospel songs at a funeral service. Green, Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, and the choir itself have renewed the event annually every year since. “We’re going to have a good time […]

Sessions will speak Aug. 14 at Chamber breakfast

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Mobile) will address county citizens Aug. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Twin Oaks at Heritage in a renewal of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast series. Sessions is expected to provide an update to constituents on national affairs. His last visit to the county was an appearance at the Hayden Community Center in February of […]

Snead Bulldogs go back-toback to-back


Teacher suspended; discussion continues on traffic flow

During last week’s meeting, the Oneonta City Board of Education continued discussion on the traffic flow topic after first focusing on personnel issues. A five-day suspension of teacher Joy Majors was approved when the board reconvened after an executive session to discuss the matter. Supt. Scott Coefield says Majors displayed unprofessional behavior on more than one occasion which led to […]

Blount County and Oneonta arrest reports

by Nicole Singleton From July 30 – Aug 6, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and other departments made 45 arrests. A 21- year-old Hayden male was arrested on six counts including receiving stolen property 1st, theft by deception, theft of property 1st, burglary 3rd, domestic violence 3rd, and failure to appear on child support review. Two were arrested for five […]


The election year of 2014

Last week we handicapped the 2014 governor’s race but it is definitely not the only race on the ballot next year. In fact, all constitutional offices are up for election as well as all 140 seats in the Legislature and all 67 sheriffs. Indeed, this is the big election year in Alabama. Many states in the union point to the […]

‘She could have done anything’

Tina Jernigan could picture it. She could see Lilly Belle Kulungian years from now as a doctor. Or a teacher, like her. “The true Lilly Belle was extraordinary,” Jernigan, a Hayden Elementary teacher said. “She wasn’t just this little blind girl. She could see a lot better than people who have vision.” As a baby, Lilly Belle was diagnosed with […]