Honoring those who served

Frank Cannon (left), service officer Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 28 and Marine Corps League, and Ret. 1st Sgt Robin Hackworth, Alabama National Guard, lay the wreath during the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Frank Green Building Auditorium in Oneonta Saturday. The annual event, sponsored by Operational Grateful Heart, featured Oneonta Middle School teacher John Fallin as guest speaker. Fallin, […]

City names contractor for possible airport grant

Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris advised some landowners adjacent to the airport of potential steps toward another grant for the city. The specific agenda called for consideration of “contract with Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood for the purpose of land acquisition surrounding [the] airport.” Norris explained that the firm, which has coordinated most of the city’s recent grants, would analyze needs for […]

Teen driver dies after colliding with bus

Tragedy struck last Thursday when West End High School student Trenton Blake Gibbs, 16, died after his pickup truck collided with an Etowah County school bus in Altoona. The crash happened around 3 p.m. on Alabama 132, between Warrior Valley Road and Thompson Drive, as the bus was on its last route of the school year. Gibbs and the bus […]

June Fling

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Walllace State – Oneonta up and running

Students in Wallace State – Oneonta’s first philosophy class, Ethics and Society, share initial post-class impressions with instructor Dr. Lee Walton and center director Dr. Kelley Jones. From the left, Mitch Koch (back), Kim Blythe (front), Joe Colunga, Mary Moody, Jacob Grisso, Walton, and Jones. Classes began last Thursday with 138 students registered, and several more expected during late registration. […]

NEWS Briefs

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. THE BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet June 6, at 1 p.m., in the board room located at 204 Second Avenue East, Oneonta. SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Blount County kids and teens can eat free this […]

Snead authorizes paving payment

The Snead Town Council approved payment of $152,288 to Whitaker Construction of Guntersville for town paving projects. Over $6,000 of that amount will be reimbursed to the town by Blount County for work on a jointly-owned road. Mayor Curtis Painter has pressed for road upkeep in the town for some time. Councilman Phillip McHan asked Painter about the status of […]


Dear Editor, there The Alzheimer’s Association estimates are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease and more than 15 million it is my honor to represent Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, them to our elected officials. other people It was exciting to participate with 1,200 from across the country in the 28th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum […]

Rabies clinic a success

The Blount County Animal Adoption Center held a rabies clinic on Saturday, May 21, to offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for pets in the community. They vaccinated 75 animals. The adoption center had help from many members of the community. The Animal Hospital of Oneonta donated $900 – all the money they made on Saturday – and paid for all of […]

Well, they did pass both budgets


Sometimes the best thing that the legislature can do in a session is to pass very little legislation. That can be said of this year’s regular legislative session, which ended several weeks ago. Not many bills made it through the legislative labyrinth. Gov. Robert Bentley made a proposed $800 million prison construction bond issue the cornerstone of his legislative agenda. […]