Bond of Brothers

One of the best experiences Tyler Studdard has shared with his brother Austin occurred on the football field. “Austin scored a touchdown, and I blocked for him,” Tyler said. Paving the way for his brother’s success doesn’t just happen on the football field for Tyler; he’s been an advocate for Austin as long he can remember. Austin, a 10th grader […]

Alcohol opponents cautiously eyeing appeal of court ruling

It’s a little like a big game of chicken – trying to wait until the other side commits itself before announcing what course of action to pursue. That’s the position alcohol opponents find themselves in, according to comments made this week by Keep Blount County Special spokesman Larry Gipson. Gipson is also pastor of First Baptist Church Oneonta, though the […]

New chamber executive director appointed

Aimee Wilson, former assistant director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, was named the organization’s new executive director by its board of directors last week. She replaces former executive director Donny Ray, who resigned Oct. 4, following a period of criticism of the countywide chamber, and a substantial cut in its funding from Oneonta and Blount County. Wilson is […]

Lakeside vista

First in series The Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER) presents the 2013 Holiday Home Tour, to be held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. OFFER is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing monetary resources that enhance the educational opportunities for students at Oneonta City Schools. Through fundraising efforts, the group has issued grants and provided technology […]

Commission settles long-standing matter of abandoned river bridge

The old U.S. 231 bridge over the Locust Fork River between Cleveland and Blountsville has been an unresolved problem for the better part of a decade, as successive county administrations discussed with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) what to do with the old bridge that was replaced by the new highway bridge begun in 2006. For safety and liability […]

Susan Moore man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a child

Last week before Blount County Circuit Court Judge Steven King, Denny Kevin Kent, 43, of Susan Moore, entered a guilty plea to 20 counts related to the sexual abuse of a child. Last month, a grand jury indicted Kent with nine counts of sex abuse of a child under the age of 12, one count of sex abuse 1st, and […]

New construction

Congratulations to the Locust Fork branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints on the recent completion of their expanded building on Ala 79. During construction, the congregation met in a rented building in Allgood. One of the amenities of the new building is an organ that can be programmed to self play when no organist is available. […]

Alcohol concerns

I noticed that in the Nov. 13 issue of the paper there were four articles devoted to the alcohol issue, three of them written by staff writers, and one by columnist Steve Flowers. The largest front page article extolled the virtues of the “progressive” citizens group. There were numerous reasons given why Blount County (Oneonta) should become wet. I thought […]


Driving over the three remaining covered bridges in Blount County makes me grateful to all who had a part in reopening them to traffic. People from our state, other states and countries have discovered the beauty of our county. They comment on the friendly people, good food, parks, and our bridges. We have a win/win on our hands. Please continue […]

Churches join together in Philippines relief effort

The typhoon that ravaged the Philippines earlier this month struck the hearts of those on the other side of the world, especially those at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta. “We’ve been partnering with Kid’s International Ministries (KIM) in the Philippines for three years,” said Joe Hastings. “The ministry provides a children’s home to orphans, supplies to the locals, […]