Quick turnaround



Remember last week’s photo showing District 2 Commissioner Allen Armstrong standing on the exposed culvert on Mountain Trail with pieces of broken pavement extending halfway across the road at his feet (inset)? That was Saturday afternoon, following the washout and closing of the road, flooded in Saturday morning’s gully-washer. The photo above shows what Mountain Trail looked like Tuesday afternoon […]

City school board presents strategic plan



Some 80 attendees watch the screen as Mary Marquart details the Oneonta City Schools strategic plan. Marquart, with LEAN Frog Solutions, reviewed results of over 950 surveys from various school system stakeholders in a June 29 public hearing. From those surveys and discussions, the city school board has set five objectives, presented by current board president Patrick Adams. Adams noted […]

Toddler recovering after found in pool



A 2-year-old boy was pulled from a pool at a home in the Empire Community Saturday and taken to Children’s Hospital. The child was found by a 13-year-old family member as the family was packing for a holiday trip to Smith Lake. The family was packing when the child went missing, according to Blount County Sheriff’s Department Operations Officer Tim […]

Dirt Diamonds are state champs



The Dirt Diamonds, based out of Boaz, earned the bling at the USSSA Fastpitch State Tournament held recently in Cullman at the Field of Miracles. The team went undefeated through seven games, giving up only 6 runs during the tournament, with a season record of 14-1. The state championship means the team will compete in the USSSA National World Series […]

New officials association looking for member



The Northeast Alabama Football Officials Association is recruiting new members for the 2017 prep season. The association’s first meeting is scheduled for July 18 at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Guntersville Public Library. The second meeting is July 25 at 6 p.m. in the Fyffe High School cafeteria. Anyone interested in joining the association should contact booking […]

Sports Briefs



ONEONTA CITY POOL IS OPEN and hours are Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per day, 5-and-under are free. An individual season pass is $50 and family pass (for up to four) is $125. Pool party fees (for two hours)are $110, plus lifeguard fees based on the number […]

Beating the summer heat



As temperatures are projected to soon rise above 90 degrees, it is vital that everyone takes precautions to stay safe during the summer heat. Heat strokes are potentially a deadly condition. They can occur when the body’s core temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher and the body no longer can effectively cool itself. According to Chief Arthur Willis, Oneonta Fire […]

Coffee with a cop



Last week approximately 40 people attended “Coffee With a Cop” at Miller’s Soda Shoppe. Officers were on hand to address any concerns or suggestions the public wanted to discuss. OPD Chief Charles Clifton said, “We are proud to participate in community events. We are here for the community. We look for things to make us better. Although I would have […]

Church Briefs



EVENTS ROYAL COMMUNITY WORSHIP CENTER will have an old time music show featuring Pine Mountain Bluegrass tomorrow, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 251 Williams Settlement Road. NEW BETHEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, July 7, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Chris Reaves is helper, Shane Bryson is pastor. The church […]

Richard Lee Blackwood



RICHARD LEE BLACKWOOD, 88, Birmingham, died June 28, 2017, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. He had served with the U.S. Army and had worked as a mechanic in the textile industry. Predeceasing him were parents Roscoe and Nona Blackwood, wife Laura Etta Weaver Blackwood, son Richard C. Blackwood, daughter Laura Annette and son-in-law William Alexander Brown Jr. Surviving are daughter […]


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