Winterguard winners



Susan Moore High School debuted their winterguard program this year, the only such program in the county, proving that you don’t always start at the bottom when beginning a new endeavor. What is winterguard? In a nutshell: similar in some ways to a traditional color guard team, the winterguard teams incorporate precision flag routines, fluid dance moves, flowing gowns, solo […]

Fundraising for Molly Grace



Molly Grace Register has missed out on so much over the past nine months. She had so many plans for her senior year at Oneonta High School. All of those hopes and dreams quickly faded when she began having seizures in August of last year. Despite her unrelenting and daily battle with seizures, she continues to have a positive outlook […]

Acting county engineer calls here home



Dustin Stewart became the official acting county engineer last week, by commission appointment. Here are a few other basic details, although many residents riding the roads he’ll be responsible for already know him from back when. He’s 33 and from Hayden. Grew up in Smoke Rise, to be exact. He went to school at Hayden Elementary and Middle School, then […]

Panthers get new coach



Conny Lowery stepped down in February after leading the Cleveland Panthers to the finals of the Northwest Regional at Wallace State in Hanceville. Cleveland principal Chris Lakey has selected Justin Henley as the Panthers’ new leader of a basketball program that has been one of the county’s best over the past few years. “We had about 60 applicants,” said Lakey. […]

Ambulance board named to select service provider, monitor performance



The Blount County 911 Board has authorized creation of an Ambulance Advisory Committee (AAC) to develop a request for proposal (RFP) to provide ambulance service to the county. The standing committee will recommend a contractor based on evaluation of proposals and will monitor and oversee contract performance and compliance afterward. The nine-member committee will be composed of the following representatives: […]

Rickwood needs weekend warriors



State park officials Chad Davis, left, and Lamar Pendergrass speak to a meeting of about 30 in Hayden, hoping to recruit interested volunteers to help improve the attractiveness of Rickwood Caverns Park, as local supporter Phil Sims looks on. Davis is superintendent of the state park system’s northwest region, which includes Rickwood Caverns. Pendergrass is cave supervisor and park manager […]

Zaxby’s site prep begins

Naysayers notwithstanding

Richard Lawton’s high-five signals, at long last, the get-ready to begin site preparation for the Zaxby’s Restaurant long awaited by Oneonta diners. Lawton is an equipment operator and site supervisor for Elm Services, the company doing the site prep work for the restaurant. The first two pieces of equipment – this dozer and a compactor – arrived Tuesday afternoon, with […]

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