Students aid in Sunday Clean Sweep



Snead delays action despite insurance renewal work session



In a scheduled 30-minute work session attended by insurance agent LaVaughn Holcomb, the Snead Town Council appeared not to receive adequate guidance to make a decision on renewing the town’s liability insurance. Holcomb, who emphasized that he had not seen the competing bid and was only speculating from what agent Matt Denton had said at the council’s last regular meeting, […]

Oneonta City School Board seeks ‘visionary leader’ to reach next level



The catalogue of qualities for the new superintendent of Oneonta City Schools reads like a want ad for the perfect executive, according to the search brochure published by the Board of Education and reinforced by school board president Don Maples in an interview last week. The board is looking for an experienced leader with strong interpersonal skills. He or she […]

Far mers Market opening Saturday



The Farmers Market, located at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center, will be opening for the summer this Saturday. Thirty sellers had already signed up as of Friday, said Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center executive director Chase Moore. “This is probably going to be one of the best years for the farmers market,” Moore said. “We’ve had people coming by […]

Ladies luncheon highlights Miss Alabama week



Miss Alabama Chandler Champion and Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Morgan Green stroll the walkway at Clowdus Cabin at the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s ladies luncheon last week. The event was held in anticipation of this week’s Miss Alabama Pageant which is being held at Samford University, culminating Saturday night in choosing a new queen to reign for the […]

Susan Moore principal retires



The Blount County Board of Education handled several personnel matters at this week’s meeting, among them was the retirement of Susan Moore High School principal Chris Pullen. Pullen’s retirement is the only anticipated loss of an administrator in the county system this year, according to Supt. Jim Carr. He says the retirement resignation was accepted Monday by the board and […]

Fill out the online survey!



The Oneonta City Board of Education requests community input in connection with the search for a new superintendent for the city school system. An online survey is being conducted for the board by the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB). You can find a link at blountcountian.com to the AASB’s website where the survey resides. You will be asked what […]

SMILEY VEAL:

Substitute to superintendent: ‘And at every level, I’ve had to fill the drink machine’

by Ron Gholson Smiley Veal, former Oneonta City Schools superintendent, and current interim superintendent, laughingly used the headline above to illustrate the fact that in a relatively small school system, you don’t stand on ceremony or the job description (there isn’t one) – you just do whatever needs to be done. Veal served as Oneonta superintendent previously from 1997 to […]

Man arrested after theft at armory



The Oneonta Police Department was forced to tase an Oneonta man when he attempted to elude them on Tuesday. Eric Adam Nette, 26, has been charged with third-degree theft of property after breaking into the National Guard Armory in Oneonta and taking pictures hanging from the wall, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. At 5 a.m., a witness saw […]

Oneonta’s Deline moves on



The Oneonta Lady Redskins will have a new basketball coach next season. Amber Deline, a Hackleburg native, has left Oneonta after six seasons after accepting the job at James Clemens. Deline guided Oneonta to a 152-42 record in six years and her teams captured the last two 4A state titles. A standout at UNA, Deline led Oneonta to a 23-5 […]


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