Redskins return to T-town



Countdown to Christmas parade



Start getting those warm clothes ready, the Oneonta Christmas Parade is less than a week away. Festivities begin Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., and Aimee Wilson, executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, says the current number of parade entries has met her expectations. “As of Tuesday, we have approximately 60 entries, with most of those being […]

Liver transplant successful for Deason Cornelius



Deason Cornelius, 3, has returned home from the hospital and is doing well since receiving a liver transplant on Nov. 4, according to his mother, Hannah Cornelius of Springville. He has been home since Nov. 22, after having been moved into the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital on October 26, diagnosed with complications from Hepatitis A. “The doctors told […]

Snead struggles with dual personnel issues



The Snead Town Council continued its struggle with employee bereavement leave and added the question of vacation time. In discussion prior to the Nov. 25 meeting, most councilors appeared ready to approve adding an additional day of bereavement leave (for a total of three) and establishing that the leave applied differently to different departments based on the number of hours […]

Local beauty and elegance



Third 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 […]

I’m guilty and so are you



For weeks I’ve heard the unfortunate news about the closing of Ace Hardware, an Oneonta landmark. I too, am saddened. Hearing the talk, it’s quickly followed by comments of, ‘another mom and pop shut down by chain stores.’ I won’t deny the truth of the impact of competition, there’s more to the story. It’s you and me, causing this damage […]

Reign of Error:

The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

book review by Larry Lee As I turned the pages of Reign of Error, the Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, I kept having a mental image of an editorial cartoon showing two groups staring across a deep crevasse at one another. On one side stand former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, flanked by U.S. […]

A one-party state



Believe it or not, we are approaching the fourth year of this legislative quadrennium. The Legislature will meet early next year because it is an election year. All 140 seats in the House and Senate are up for election in 2014. These legislators were elected in 2010. Most of them are Republicans. The GOP owns a twoto one super majority […]

Black Friday’s history, but Super Saturday beckons



Black Friday was aptly named, according to some downtown merchants whose sales that day were anything but brilliant. Others fared better, but all are hoping for big, happy crowds this coming Saturday, Dec. 7, on Country Christmas Fun Day. A full slate of activities are planned (including Santa) for children, and open houses and door prizes beckon at more than […]

Oneonta library hosting discussion series



Starting Jan. 21, 2014, adults are invited to participate in a free four-part reading, viewing, and discussion series titled “Pushing the Limits” at the Oneonta Public Library. The series brings together books and videos featuring authors, scientists, and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world, according to a press release from the program. “Since the beginning of time, […]


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