A fall sampler

Covered Bridge Festival 2013

Bragging time: When we said “sunny with a chance of goose bumps” last week for the Covered Bridge Festival, we hit the nail on the head – as long as we’re referring to the high temperature that day of 65 degrees. Full disclosure: it was durn cold that morning when the 5K run whistled off at about 8:05. It had […]

Possible hepatitis A case reported at Lester Memorial Day Care



“A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a close contact of this day care center,” parents were notified upon picking up their children at the child care center at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church on Oct. 22. The notification recommended that children and staff of the center identified by the Department of Public Health be immunized to prevent […]

Oneonta seeks nearly $500k airport grant



In its latest meeting, the Oneonta City Council authorized city manager Ed Lowe to apply for a $489,000 matching grant for additional work at the city’s airport. Oneonta’s matching share for the grant would be 2.5 percent of the total and could include in-kind work toward that figure. In conversation with The Blount Countian later, Lowe indicated that during the […]

Veterans Parade is on!



A black cloud of uncertainty hung over the Veterans Parade only two weeks ago, but now it is confirmed the Veterans Parade will continue for its sixth year. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. Three weeks ago less than 30 entries were registered, but with a recent influx in interest, the parade is now raring […]

Greatest place in the world to live



I want to thank all of you for everything you did for me and my family after my fall at home last December. Beginning with Oneonta first responders Les Loggins and Mike Gladden, their training, knowledge, and quick thinking saved my life. The doctors and staff at UAB and Spain Rehab have been outstanding. But, the prayers from friends in […]

Blountsville Historical Park celebrates Heritage Day



Mustangs and Redskins make super regionals



The high school volleyball season came to an end for Blount County schools last week but Southeastern and Oneonta definitely put up a fight. Southeastern was the runner-up in 1A Area 8 behind Jefferson Christian. The Mustangs were sent to the South Super Regional at the Cramton Bowl Complex in Birmingham to face Area 3 champion Brantley. Southeastern took the […]

Democrats rise again?



The greatest partisan change in American political history has occurred during my lifetime. The transformation of Alabama and our sister Deep South states from an all- Democratic region to an all-Republican territory has been remarkable and historic. Exactly 50 years ago today, Alabama’s entire delegation in Washington was Democratic. Democrats held all seven constitutional offices. Every member of the Supreme […]

How did they win?

They earned it.

Erin Self (left) 10, of Oneonta and Audrey Cornelius, 3, also of Oneonta, were crowned Community Service Queens at the Covered Bridge Festival Pageant, an offshoot of the Miss Covered Bridge Pageant, in early October. They won by collecting 450 cans of soup plus cash for donation to the Hope House, which will use it to allay hunger in Blount […]

Blount County Halloween events



Halloween enthusiasts across Blount County will have a few events to choose from this year. Treats on the Streets, sponsored by the Oneonta Business Association, will be Halloween night 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. “The 200 and 300 blocks of First Avenue will be barricaded to allow children to safely parade down the street to get their […]


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