Nights of Fright

Phobia brings fear to life

Monsters? Darkness? Demonic clowns? Whatever your fear, maybe it’s time to face it during Phobia at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The center isn’t holding anything back for their first-ever haunted attraction. Beginning Thursday, the building will be transformed into 4,000 square feet of scare. “We are incorporating all sorts of different rooms and different characters to elicit as many […]

Six plead guilty

District Attorney Pamela Casey announced six sentencings last week. Jess Reece, of Dalton, Ga.; Cheryl Petty, of Hayden; Chris Petty, of Hayden; Ellan Posey, of Oneonta; Michael Collins, of Oneonta; and Donald Turner, of Warrior, all pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Reece, 30, was sentenced to 15 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections after pleaded guilty to […]

Hayden man arrested on 20 sex charges

John Christopher Bauer, 42, of Mt. Zion Road in Hayden, was arrested last week and charged with 20 sex charges including seven counts of sex with a child under the age of 12, 10 counts of first-degree sodomy, and three counts of first-degree rape, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Bauer was arrested by the Blount County Sheriff’s […]

Weekend shooting leaves one dead

John Wesley Hall, 37, is charged with murder and is being held in the Blount County Jail on a $1 million bond. Hall allegedly shot John Andrew Osborn in the chest area with a handgun, according to an affidavit filed with the Blount County Circuit Clerk on Tuesday. The incident occurred Sunday at the victim’s residence on Jenkins Road near […]

Resident wants answers to fire district questions

On Nov. 4, citizens residing within the West Blount Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area will vote on whether to establish a formal fire district under state law. If the referendum passes, mandatory fire dues of $12.50 per month ($150 per year) will be assessed, by law, for each residence, business, and church in the coverage area. A citizen’s group working […]

Oneonta reeling after deaths of two young ones

Two deaths over a four-day period have left many in the city of Oneonta in shock. Friday afternoon, 9-year-old A.J. Underwood was found by his mother with a rope around his neck, hanging from the top bunk in his bedroom. She was able to summon help and neighbors administered CPR at the scene but it was too late. The preliminary […]

Damage light compared to other counties, says EMA

Blount County escaped the brunt of Monday evening’s storms as only three damage incidents – all minor and all in the western part of the county – were reported to the Emergency Management Agency, according to EMA deputy manager Doug Smith. Unspecified minor damage occurred to the stadium at Hayden High School. A baseball dugout at West Blount Park lost […]


Last week, the newspaper reported concerning the state House District 27 race that Jeff McLaughlin is “the only Democrat running for public office directly representing Blount County” in the general election Nov. 4. That is incorrect. He is one of two Democrats running for two different public offices representing Blount County. The other candidate is Mark Lester, running for the […]

Oneonta First Baptist Church to host veterans luncheon

Upon learning the guest evangelist leading their revival was retired Army Maj. Gen. Douglas Carter, Oneonta First Baptist decided to host a luncheon for those who served our country, according to LaNeia Wilkinson, ministry assistant at the church. Carter also serves as a executive director of Chaplain Services for the North American mission Board. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, veterans […]

Lighthouse Warriors rejoice in opportunity to play

After every practice the Lighthouse Warriors football team gathers for prayer. Each player, heads bowed and eyes closed, are asked if they would like to pray, and while many football players across the country might ask for protection or strength or an immeasurable amount of other things, time after time Warriors coach J.J. Duarte hears the same thing. “They’re just […]