Redskins roll on



Shedd will introduce bill to help seniors with utility costs



State Rep. Randall Shedd, representing House District 11 in Blount County, announced Monday he will prefile a bill for the next legislative session to provide assistance in paying heating and cooling costs to qualifying low-income senior citizens. The session begins Jan. 14. “My first legislative bill, which I call Seniors First, is designed to help low-income seniors stay warm in […]

Tyson soon to hire 50 new employees



During the Blountsville Town Council meeting last week, councilman Dennis Beavers presented a letter written by Ricky Walker, complex manager for Tyson, announcing 50 new jobs coming in January 2014. “We are in the process of building our own customer sub-station, in conjunction with Alabama Power, that will take Tyson off of the main sub-station to allow for future expansion […]

Worship for everyone



Second 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 […]

Give thanks



Each year Farm-City Week is celebrated in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. This year, remember to give thanks for the food we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us, and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use daily, didn’t just […]

Over it



I have watched this alcohol debate flame burn for over a year now. I have just one question: What’s the big deal? Seriously. What is so bad about Oneonta selling alcohol? Don’t tell me we will become Sodom and Gomorrah, because we won’t. When was the last time you went to Pinson, Trussville, Mountain Brook, Fairhope, or any other community […]

Panthers off to hot start



The high school basketball season is not yet three weeks old but Conny Lowery’s Cleveland Panthers are hot. Red hot. Cleveland is already 4-0 on the year with wins over Susan Moore (74-34), Section (80-68), Brindlee Mtn. (75-57), and Locust Fork (72-60). Panther big man Emanuel Terry (6’6, Sr) has been nearly unstoppable in the low post. His worst game […]

Money and hard work still prevail



The political spotlight has been focused on Mobile for most of this year. The city had a historical and sensational mayor’s race that ended in early fall. It resulted in a new mayor, Sandy Stimpson. Incumbent mayor Sam Jones lost to Stimpson after eight years in office. Although mayors do not run under partisan labels, it was a classic Republican […]

Sheldon resigns as library director; accepts new job



Gail Sheldon, Oneonta Public Library director since April 2009, has resigned effective Dec. 27 to take a job as library director of the Somerset County, Maryland, library system. “I’m happy and excited about the new job and new challenges, but I’m sad, very sad, to leave Oneonta. The people I’ve worked with here – city and county officials, employees here […]

National Adoption Day celebrated




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