Spann spreads sunshine

Juanita Smith proved to be one of James Spann’s biggest fans when he visited Oneonta’s Golden LivingCenter last week. Smith laughed and enjoyed his speech so much Spann later joked he needed to hire her as his publicist. Spann, chief meteorologist for ABC 33/40, was the special guest for Golden LivingCenter’s 50th anniversary at the Oneonta center. ‘We all laughed […]

ABC board interested in Oneonta store

Invited to visit Oneonta by its city council, several members of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board spoke at the city’s latest council meeting. Administrator H. Mac Gipson and assistant administrator William Thigpen revealed that after their visit, they are interested in having a state-operated store in the city. In response to questions, Thigpen noted that he perceives Oneonta as […]

Anderton wins Place 2; runoff set for Place 4

Steve Anderton was elected as Place 2 Oneonta City School Board member after last week’s election, and Patrick Adams and Russell Smith will move on to a runoff for Place 4. Anderton won Place 2 with 372 votes. Place 2 candidate Lisa Stoffregen Wester garnered 228 votes, and Stacy Brown had 32. “I would like to thank everyone who supported […]

Budget discussions milder, but dissension unresolved

Two main stumbling blocks remain as hurdles to be cleared in the Blount County Commission’s efforts to craft a consensus 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. They are essentially the only two matters over which disagreement has occurred, but both subjects have drawn pointed, and in one case, heated discussion. The division of the district road budget was the discussion that snagged […]

Oneonta council handles zoning action, board appointment, and hears budget request

While discussion with Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) officials consumed much of the latest Oneonta City Council meeting (see related article), councilors did deal with zoning, employee, and other matters. Council members approved rezoning portions of the land between Third and Fourth avenues East and Fifth and Sixth streets North. The rezoning will end the dual zoning that had […]

Wine and dine at Charlie B’s

The first glass of wine has been poured. Charlie B’s owner Lee Alexander served previous owner Charlie Bottcher the glass on Thursday.‘We plan to begin serving wine and beer to the public on Sept. 5 during our evening seafood buffet,’ Alexander says. ‘We are officially the first restaurant in Oneonta to receive a license, but we are waiting til that […]

Truck meets ditch

No one was seriously injured Tuesday when a truck left the road on Ala 75 in Oneonta yesterday (Tuesday). The truck ended up in the ditch in front of Terry Sligh Automotive and O’Reilly Auto Parts after colliding with a car. The driver of the truck was transported to St. Vincent’s Blount with a minor head injury. – Rob Rice


BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS will present a fall landscaping miniconference “Special Gardens, Special Places” on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Palisades Park. The $20 registration fee includes the conference, lunch, snacks, and presentations given by Betty Pate, Rip Weaver, Lisa George, and Dr. Carol Reid. Registration forms are available at the extension office at the Frank Green Building or phone Sherilyn […]

Town of Snead looks toward fiscal 2015

Snead council members heard requests for funds from town departments and others in their most recent regular meeting. Meeting first in a 30-minute work session, councilors examined plans submitted by Debra Clem and Brad Pannell for reconfiguring town ball fields. The pair explained that the drawing they provided was not realistic for Snead currently but that the town could use […]

Bulldogs get by Patriots

A 12-yard touchdown pass from Keith Jackson to Jay Williams and an extra point by Enrique Pantoja with less than a second remaining was the difference as the visiting Susan Moore Bulldogs came from behind to knock off West End 28-17 last Thursday night in Walnut Grove. Susan Moore led 21-14 at the half and maintained the margin through three […]