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Local agencies practice winter weather procedure

This week, several agencies across Blount County will convene at the Blount County Emergency Management Association (EMA) office to review and practice official procedure during winter weather events. The Alabama EMA hosts the winter weather workshop, and all the counties in the state are invited to participate. “We welcome the opportunity to test our abilities to respond to winter weather […]

Oneonta honors citizens academy graduates

The Oneonta City Council recognized graduates for the fifth year of its citizens academy. Begun by police Chief James Chapman, the academy provides an opportunity for participants to learn more about local government and enjoy direct experiences with police. Members are placed in certain police training situations and discover some of the rigors that the job entails. All but one […]

Standridge named Alabama counselor of the year

Karron Standridge doesn’t want the limelight on her. She’s much better at serving others than being served. She says it’s the way God made her. “I love helping people,” she says. “I believe my place on this Earth is to serve others, and that’s what counselors do.” And she does it well. So well, in fact, that she was named […]


Plans delayed for spring semester classes here

City manager Ed Lowe confirmed last week that plans to offer Wallace State classes this spring in Oneonta have been delayed. Classes were originally scheduled to be held at the Oneonta National Guard Armory for two years while a permanent campus center building is constructed. Course offerings will now be delayed until the summer of 2016 while an alternate site […]


ONEONTA CITY COUNCIL will have a work session today at 5:30 p.m. to consider a property use request. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Chris Mathew with Blue Cross Blue Shield will be the guest speaker. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, Nov. 19, […]

Three indicted for murder

Three men charged in a double homicide in September have been indicted on capital murder charges. Cody Dooley, 32, William Lane Bosner, 20 and Paul Mason Trull, 18, were indicted last month by a Blount County grand jury for the shooting deaths of Gary “Sambo” Hazelrig and Breann Sherrer, who were found in their home on Deavers Town Road in […]

Gov. Bentley favors statewide gas tax for road and bridge improvements

condensed from, and from local interviews by Ron Gholson Gov. Robert Bentley told business and political leaders at a meeting in Gulf Shores Nov. 6 that he believes legislators in Montgomery may pass an increase in the state’s gasoline tax to pay for road and bridge improvements in the state. A 5-cent gasoline tax measure approved by a House […]

Handicapping the 2018 race for governor


We Alabamians love the governor’s race. When talk turns to politics in our beloved state, it usually leads to the race for governor. It does not matter if the governor’s race is four years away, political gossip starts early as to who will run for governor. As each new race approaches it is talked about more than ever from Sand […]

Berry Mountain’s slips sealed