Christmas for Children needs sponsors for 114

Alert from Hope House...

“We’ve still got 114 children with no sponsors,” Hope House director Bud Jones told The Blount Countian Monday. Sponsors sought are volunteers willing to contribute $100 to $125 to provide clothing necessities to children. Each sponsor receives a shopping list for a single child between the ages of 2-3 months and 18 years. The list details the items of clothing […]

Superintendent announces 2016 ACT results for Oneonta

show student performance in five subject areas of the 2016 ACT. The top chart represents percentage of students scoring at or above benchmark levels in134 school systems across the state. The bottom chart represents percentage of students scoring at or above benchmark levels in the Oneonta City school system. For English, the benchmark ACT score is 18. For reading it […]

Retired flag collection box reports for duty

What do you do with your faithful, long-serving American flag after it has outlived its usefulness? Many people don’t know, so they call and ask the traditional depository of flag care and lore, the firefighters at the local fire department. In the past, firefighters at the Oneonta Fire Department could tell them the basic procedure, but it was up to […]

Still time to pick a name from the Striped Angel Tree

The Striped Angel Tree is back for the second year to help children in Blount County. Similar to mitten trees that have gained momentum in the past, this tree also allows people to give to the needy, but this one will go specifically to children with a parent, or both, in the Blount County Correctional Facility. Christmas cards, displaying gender, […]

McCutcheon sketches outlines of pending budget travail

Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon (pictured below) of Monrovia minced no words in outlining the budget struggles facing the Legislature in the upcoming 2017 session. McCutcheon addressed the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week. After providing a quick review of General Fund budget ups and downs for the last two legislative sessions, McCutcheon zeroed […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will have the annual Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at 106 First Avenue West, Oneonta. Delicious homemade sandwiches, soups, and desserts will be served. The center serves abused children and their caregivers throughout Blount County. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Christmas Open House will be downtown on Saturday, Dec. 10, […]

Class of 1971 reunion

The Oneonta High Shcool Class of 1971 met recently to celebrate the 45th reunion. Back row, from left: Timothy Alexander, Michael Evans, Danny Joe Shelton, David Wilson, and Jan Johnson. Middle row, from left: Susan Alexander Hackworth, Sharon Horton Breaseale, Deborah Fowler Tidwell, Patti Weaver Davis, Lois Bryant Henkel, Glenda Brothers Vinson, Donna Sims Pabalate, Donna Lowry Wilson, Susan NeSmith […]

Courthouse Holiday Schedule

Christmas Christmas Day is Sunday, Dec. 25. The courthouse will be closed all day on Friday, Dec. 23 and on Monday, Dec. 26. It will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., before Dec. 23 and after Dec. 26. New Year New Year’s Day is Sunday, Jan. 1. The courthouse will be closed all day on Monday, Jan. […]

Christmas meal – to go

House of Kindness, a partnership of Hope House and First Baptist Church of Oneonta, will serve Christmas meals again this year to citizens who might not otherwise have a hot holiday dinner, according to Hope House director Bud Jones. The meals will consist of a serving of ham, beans, candied yams, and a dessert. The meals will be served on […]

An unintended consequence


It is Christmas time, and since Alabama is one of the most charitable states in the nation, I would expect that many of us are in the giving mood and plan to help many worthy causes across our great state. Unfortunately, it appears that some recent rulings by the Alabama Ethics Commission are going to make it more difficult for […]