Ragland teen found after four-day search

On Sunday, search crews found the body of the 15-year-old Ragland boy who had fallen in the water at Highland Lake on Thursday. Other news sources have identified the boy as Taylor Nail. Highland Lake Police Chief Scott Kon said the teen was helping with cleanup from recent storms on the west side of the lake when he fell into […]

Pro-alcohol group recycles campaign materials, saves money

Those in favor of alcohol sales in Oneonta were able to “go green” and recycle their campaign materials from the last alcohol referendum which allowed proponents more money to spend on other means of advertisement, such as billboards. Richard Phillips, Lisa Wester, and Bonnie Peavy, members of A Better Oneonta, say they have currently spent approximately the same amount of […]

Gov. Bentley visits Kimberly to assess storm damage

Last Wednesday, Gov. Robert Bentley visited the Kimberly community that had been greatly impacted by last week’s outbreak of tornadoes. During his tour of the damage, Bentley spoke after viewing the destruction at the Kimberly Church of God where 20 people were trapped after the tornado ripped through the area. ‘We are sorry to see all the destruction but we […]

Anti-alcohol group promises bombshell

In an interview on April 17, Keep Blount County Special spokesman Larry Gipson promised a blockbuster development in the waning stages of the anti-alcohol campaign. The process has already begun, he said in a followup interview on Tuesday. A package of information was distributed to churches beginning Sunday, he said. It will be mailed to Oneonta citizens in the two […]

Blount County Sheriff candidates profiles

Three candidates will vie for the job of Blount County sheriff on June 3: incumbent Loyd Arrington, and challengers Mike Crawford, a former Birmingham police officer, and Alabama state trooper Kevin Price. All are Republicans. No Democrats qualified for the office. The salary for the sheriff’s job is $58,795. Because he is retired from a state job, Loyd Arrington is […]

Loyd Arrington

Age: 67 Born in/resides in: Born in Douglas; resides on Straight Mountain Family details: Married to Norma Hodges Arrington with two adult children, Andy and Steve Education Graduated Woodlawn High School; graduated Troy University with bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and minor in business administration. Professional training: minimum of 200 schools/seminars over a 40-year period, dealing with every aspect of […]

Mike Crawford

Age: 58 Born in/resides in: Born in Birmingham; resides in Oneonta Family details: Married to Mary LaRussa Crawford Education Graduated Woodlawn High School, 1972; attended UAB, 1974-1975. Professional training during course of career: firefighter, law enforcement minimum standards, paramedic, covert operations, advanced covert electronics, SWAT operations, interviewing law enforcement candidates. Work background• firefighter/paramedic• business manager of retail firm grossing more […]

Kevin Price

Age: 44 Born in/resides in: Born in Oneonta; lives in Nectar area Family details: Married to Monica Hathcock Price with four children: Corey, 24; Haley, 21; Jared, 16; and Brayden, 1 Education Graduated Cleveland High school, 1987; Wallace State Community College studies in cyber security/computer forensics 2010; Athens State University, courses in criminal justice, 2011. Professional training: crisis negotiation for […]


Successful litter pickup drive

Thank you! Because of the efforts of all ages, children through senior citizens, 13,560 pounds of unsightly roadside litter was registered at the landfill. P.A.L.S. (People Against a Littered State) of Blount County thanks the following organizations for their participation and money earned:

Man gets 15-year sentence in police chase case

Victor Duonnolo, 39, of Remlap, received a 15-year sentence for multiple thefts, burglaries, and other offenses, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. In September 2012, Duonnolo led police officers on a chase from Rosa to downtown Oneonta where he hit a vehicle, injuring the driver, and then crashed into a power pole next to the former Downtown Diner. […]