Agri-Business Center announces 2017 schedule

A brand-new fair is coming to town next year. To be more precise, a new carnival vendor with a new attitude, a new staff, a new slate of rides, and a new determination to make the fair a memorable experience for patrons, is on tap for the Blount County Fair Sept. 12-16, according to Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center director […]

Courthouse renovation approaches conclusion

Workers for Clements Dean, the contractor for courthouse front entrance renovation, continued working weekdays through the holiday season in an effort to bring the much-delayed project to a conclusion. As of last week, the stonework on the two front walls plus the inclined entrance ramp for the disabled was virtually complete, and cleanup work on the site had begun. Progress […]

Blountsville man arrested in joint Hanceville/Blount County operation

Bradley Neal Steele, 33, of Blountsville, was arrested Dec. 19 in a joint drug operation at a residence in the Blountsville area. The arrest was part of a controlled drug buy initiated by the Hanceville Police Department following a long-term investigation. The narcotics unit of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department participated in the operation, assisting with staking out the residence, […]

Inspirational teens

Homewood High School students chose now 18-year-old Leslie Putman as their 11th-grade homecoming representative this past fall. Leslie’s 15-year-old brother Jody joined her for on-field activities along with his fellow Junior ROTC honor corps members. What seems on its surface a simple heartwarming event actually entails several amazing layers. On Dec. 7, 1998, Oneonta native Kile Putman and his wife […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION and WCRL Radio are sponsoring the Sixth Annual super Chili Bowl Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Winners receive cash prizes: first place, $250; second place, $150; third place, $75; people’s choice, $50; best table decor, $50. Entry forms available at Treasures on Main Mall and […]

Reader Writes

I feel so blessed to live in a country where we are free to speak our mindsand worship or not worship according to our own tradition, conscience, andspirit. These freedoms are part of the very foundation of this country. Although that statement might be controversial and contestable to some,one fact is incontestable: Today, freedom of speech and religion are guaranteedrights […]

What Facebook doesn’t do

No Facebook bashing going on here. The newspaper has a Facebook page and presence. Just something for us all to ponder. Reprinted with permission. -ms A colleague of mine in the newspaper business commented to me recently that he has seen a ‘drift’ away from people, organizations, and even local governments contributing community news items, and announcements of upcoming events, […]

Courthouse Holiday Schedule

New Year New Year’s Day is Sunday, Jan. 1. The courthouse will be closed all day on Monday, Jan. 2. It will be open all day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the remainder of the first week of January.

Those we lost in 2016


At the close of every year my tradition is to acknowledge the passing away of significant players from the political stage in Alabama. We have lost some icons from politics in the Heart of Dixie this year. Lucy Baxley passed away in October in Birmingham at 78. She was born on a farm in rural Houston County in the community […]

Agri-Business Center records two straight years in the black

The Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center, often beset in years past with financial results that failed to break even for its annual operations, has shown a profit for the last two consecutive years, board chairman Jeff Hallmark announced at the December meeting. The final profit for the 2016 Agri- Business Center season was $16,000, according to Hallmark. Director Chase Moore […]