Moving on along…

Wallace State Oneonta Center project gains momentum

Architectural firm Goodwyn, Mills & Caywood has submitted the initial conceptual front elevation drawing and floor plans for the Wallace State Oneonta Center, set for construction on the site now occupied by the Oneonta Public Library. They are shown here. City officials hope to meet an ambitious schedule to build the center and have it ready to begin classes in […]

City budget tops $7 million

Holding a special meeting to approve its budget, the Oneonta City Council increased its 2016 proposed budget by 7.2 percent above the 2015 spending plan. That increase puts the balanced total at $7,404,300. Anticipated revenues show several areas of projected growth. Reviewing major sources (outlined and rounded here as either double-digit percentages or more than $10,000) reveal alcohol beverage taxes […]

Body found after house fire in Cleveland

One body was found in a burned-out house in Cleveland, according to Investigator Fred Cochran of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. The body was found burned beyond recognition and investigators are relying on dental records sent to forensics to confirm the identity, according to Cochran. However, other sources have identified the victim as Randy Longshore. The house, which had no […]

Oneonta begins ACE assessment process

Oneonta proceeded further into Phase I of its Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) process last Thursday evening with a meeting at city hall to review and collect additional survey information that is the central part of the assessment phase. The operative word in that sentence is “process.” Oneonta has qualified with seven other towns to be an ACE community. But […]

Hazelrig/Sherrer murders

Summary of the felony affidavit

Three men, one of them a teenager, were arrested last week for the murders of Gary “Sambo” Hazelrig, 43, and Breann Sherrer, 36, on Deavers Town Road near Locust Fork. In custody at the Blount County Correctional Facility are Paul Mason Trull, 18, of Pinson; William Lane Bosner, 20, of Cleveland; and Michael Cody Dooley, 32, of Remlap. The three […]


BLOUNTSVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL DINNER will be tomorrow, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Blountsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Southern Heritage Bluegrass Band will perform and Community Service Award recipients Jane Wright and Dicey Childers will be awarded. Tickets are $10 each and proceeds will benefit Lodge 145 F&AM. To purchase tickets, contact Dennis Beavers at 983- 2863 or […]

Sister City Visitors

Oneonta, NY, couple interviews mayor, gets tour of town

Oneonta, New Yorkers, might know a little bit more about its sister city Oneonta, Ala., thanks to Libby Cudmore and Ian Austin, who visited our hometown last month. The couple visited Blount County as a pit stop on their journey to their newlywed destination in New Mexico. In New York, the duo work for the local newspaper and while in […]

Democratic Party qualifying


Prospective candidates wishing to qualify as a Democrat for county office in the March 1 primary election may file qualifying papers each Wednesday in October at the Oneonta Public Library from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those wishing more information may contact county Democratic Party chairman Jim Kilgore at 625-6628. Qualifying for state offices is handled through state party organizations

‘The Changing Health Care Landscape’ focus of today’s chamber luncheon

Brian Massey, director of business development for St. Vincent’s Health System, will address aspects of the evolving heath care system at today’s Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon. It will be at Twin Oaks at Heritage Golf, beginning at noon. St. Vincent’s Blount is the sponsor.

Snead struggles with budget concerns on way to its approval

With considerable uncertainty in regard to future possible expenditures but at the recommendation of town clerk Rae Ware, Snead council members approved the proposed 2016 town budget. Broken into five different categories, the budget totals over $2.2 million. The water department comprises the single largest category at $1,123,731, followed by the general fund at $1,002,942. The remaining three categories – […]