Wallace State Campus Center officially opens

The temporary Wallace State-Oneonta Campus Center opened Tuesday with flag raising, speeches, and an impressive turnout of dignitaries and well-wishers involved over the last two-and-a-half years with the effort to bring post-secondary education to Blount County. The event also signalled the beginning of onsite registration for the summer semester, with classes beginning May 26. More than 100 students have already […]

Charges dismissed against former Cleveland teacher

Sitting in the Blount County Courthouse last week, Judge Dennis O’Dell granted a defense motion to dismiss with prejudice charges of sexual contact with a student against former Cleveland High School teacher and coach Matthew Shane Wester. O’Dell, of Alabama’s 23rd Circuit in Madison County, presided following the recusal of local judges. His order came before the empanelled and sworn […]

Searcy entertains chamber audience

And HOW!...

It’s tempting to describe Jim Searcy as one of the best comedians ever to appear as guest speaker before a Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience. And that might be accurate, if incomplete. Searcy is Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, a dead-serious organization dedicated to recruiting big-time employers to the state. He managed to take […]

Annexation and zoning top Oneonta actions

For the second time in its April meetings, the Oneonta City Council annexed property adjacent to the 100 or so acres it purchased north of the city in December. Councilors approved Corpus Christi Catholic Church’s annexation request, with the church agreeing to waive the right to limit nearby liquor establishments. According to city manager Ed Lowe, the annexation will add […]

NEWS Briefs

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The DAV mobile service office will be at the Frank Green Building today from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Representatives will answer questions about claims and can assist with the claim filing process. Questions? Phone Lester Hallman at 283-4576 with questions. APPALACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL COLOR RUN The 5K Color Run will be Saturday, May 7, with registration […]

Blount County sales tax referendum passed, signed, en route to Nov. 8 ballot

The Blount County bill authorizing a referendum of the people on the question of whether to implement a countywide 1-cent sales tax increase passed the Legislature on April 19 and was referred to the Governor’s office for signature. Act 2016-196 was signed into law by the Governor on April 26. It will appear on the ballot for county residents to […]

Oneonta school board approves recommendations

The Oneonta Board of Education approved all recommendations of Superintendent Michael Douglas in its April 25 meeting. Board member Jimmy Stewart was absent. All other members were present. The board: • approved Drew White and John Micah Whited as assistant football coaches for the middle school and high school teams for the 2016-2017 season. • approved one non-resident student for […]

Childers named Outstanding Citizen

Jane Childers, the coordinator of Snead Senior Center, was presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award by Woodmen of the World – now Woodmen Life – on Tuesday, April 26. As close friends, family members, and members of the senior center gathered in the dining hall, Childers was under the impression that they were honoring the veterans of the community. However, […]

Spring carnival hits town

Attention one and all! This isn’t the usual week’s notice that the spring carnival is coming. It’s already here. It’s already set up. It starts tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, and lasts through Saturday, May 9, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. There will be 14 to 16 rides, Agri- Business Center director Chase Moore promises. Admission armbands are $15 […]

The Golden Age of Alabama’s congressional delegation


At this time of year, Washington, D.C., is a beautiful place to visit. The city is aglow with the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. The cherry blossoms offer a glorious scene as you stroll down the mall and look toward our nation’s capital. This scene has been glimpsed by tourists and visitors for more than a century. Each year […]