‘Hurry up! My shovel’s overheatin’!’

‘Hurry up! My shovel’s overheatin’!’ Sheriff Loyd Arrington (second from right) growled, gravel-voiced and gimlet eyed, as groundbreakers posed (too long, apparently, in the sheriff’s opinion) last Wednesday to commemorate the start of construction on the new 911 Center. Construction actually started the next day on the $1,408,105, 4,400- square-foot building, scheduled to be completed in February. Armstrong said the […]


ready to go or hurry up and wait some more?

Construction on the first segment of the Northern Beltline was approved last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Gov. Robert Bentley announced work on the first segment of the northern loop will begin in 2014. The entire bypass will be a 52-mile loop across northern Jefferson County, connecting I-59 north of Trussville to I-20/59 southwest of Bessemer. The […]

Local airman honored with Syracuse University memorial

Last week, a memorial was unveiled at Syracuse University in honor of seven men killed in a barracks fire in 1959. Among those recognized is Oneonta native Remus Alfred Tidwell. Tidwell, the salutatorian of the 1958 Oneonta High School class, joined the Air Force in the fall of 1958 at the age of 18, according to his cousin, C.L. Tidwell, […]

Hayden satellite courthouse now open five days a week

As of last week, the satellite courthouse, located behind the Hayden City Hall and adjacent to the Hayden Middle School building, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days a week. Previously it had been open only three days. Now, routine transactions that can be completed at the courthouse in Oneonta can be completed at the Hayden satellite courthouse, […]

Covered Bridge Festival planning on track for Oct. 26

The show must – will – go on. In spite of Blount County’s seeming penchant this year for losing the leaders in charge of its biggest annual public events right at the crucial time in planning for them – the county fair and the Covered Bridge Festival – history will note that both did go on, and without a visible […]

Thought for the year: on Moms, Dads, and Cows

The essay below was written by Jim Ed Clayton, executive director of the Children’s Center. It is arresting enough that we reprint it here for all to see and ponder as they consider kids, parents, predators and the unfortunate need for agencies like the Children’s Center. Read it all. It’s an appealing, innocent story, with a steel trap at the […]

Miss Alabama, Chandler Champion, headlines Miss Covered Bridge Pageant

The evangelical vote

Throughout history, cities that sit on a coast have been perceived as sinful places. Perhaps it is because seafaring people land there and are in search of raucous recreation. Therefore, port cities give rise to transiency and a more whimsical and capricious environment than their inland neighbors. Even in biblical times the Apostle Paul would decry or pray intensely prior […]

Teacher morale main topic during last week’s meeting

Appearing before the Oneonta City Board of Education at last week’s meeting, high school teacher Jim Kilgore said “teachers have been burdened with many things this year with little training.” Kilgore went on to say the increase in duties had resulted in many teachers struggling with morale. Extra responsibilities this school year include additional students in classes, reduced class time, […]

Steel Magnolias starts Friday at Covered Bridge Theater

The Covered Bridge Players will present their debut production, Steel Magnolias, beginning this Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Covered Bridge Theater, located on U.S. 231 in a blue metal building across from the Jet Pep station in Oneonta. The play is set in a home beauty salon – in a garage, no less – somewhere in rural Louisiana. […]