Fun in the sun at Spring Valley

What would eventually become Spring Valley Beach Water Park was born 42 years ago. Now, the tourist attraction is a popular go-to spot for locals, out-of-staters, and even the occasional international visitor. In the beginning, the area was known as Burgess Lake when Rob Burgess owned the property. After the land was sold to Allen Gilliland, the sand-bottom pool became […]

Oak Hill Cemetery vandal yet to be arrested

The Oneonta Police Department is still investigating the recent vandalism of a gravesite in Oak Hill Cemetery. Last week, the department posted two pictures on Facebook of a woman seen with a black plastic bag around a gravestone. The caption reads, “We are asking for any help from the public in identifying this person for cemetery vandalism.” The post then […]

Class and Family Reunions


SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1957 will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Snead. Bring a dish and memories and reconnect with friends. The church is located on Ala 75 between Susan Moore and Snead. Phone JoAnn Daugherty at 466-3418 with questions. LEWISBURG SCHOOL REUNION Relatives of anyone who attended Lewisburg School from […]

Hutchinson retires after 24 years in law enforcement

After 24 years with several Blount County agencies including the sheriff’s department, Snead Police, and Oneonta Police, Buddy Hutchinson retired last month. At the time of his retirement, he was working as a sergeant for the Blount County Sheriff’s Department where he had been employed for 12 years. Hutchinson is well known for his work with K-9 units in Blount […]

Cave rescue in west Blount

Three volunteer fire departments were involved in a rescue operation Monday evening after a teenager fell approximately 50 feet while exploring Bryant Cave. Personnel from West Blount, Mt. High and Ricetown fire departments responded, along with Air Evac and Blount EMS. The operation began about 8:30 p.m. with about 15-20 first-responders on the scene. Rescue personnel had to walk approximately […]

Museum creates building fund

Members of the Historical Society board celebrate the successful outcome of an estate sale of assorted antiques that produced $62,636 in proceeds for the organization. From the left are Robert Debter, Society vice president; Stanley Moss, Society president; museum committee members Pam Dean and Stan Burnett; museum curator Amy Rhudy; and museum committee member Margaret Hudson. They are flanking a […]

Gearing up for the school year

Summer is coming to an end, students and teachers. Blount County teachers are scheduled to return Monday, Aug. 4, and students are set to return Thursday, Aug. 7, according to Blount County Supt. Jim Carr. Teachers will also attend an open house training seminar on Tuesday at J.B. Pennington High School during which State Supt. Dr. Tommy Bice will speak […]

Oneonta City Board of Education

Final superintendent candidate interviews

Allen Martin of Milledgeville concludes interview process by Ron Gholson      Concluding the interview process involving four candidates for superintendent, Allen Martin, 43, of Milledgeville, Ga., met last night for an hour-long, question-and-answer session with the five members of the Oneonta City Board of Education. One candidate, Dr. Brandon Payne of Cullman, withdrew his name from the original slate […]

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