Summer heat means more appeals to Hope House

“We’ve had more requests for assistance with utility bills this summer than we’ve ever had before,” said Bud Jones, Hope House founder and director of the county’s pre-eminent organization providing broad-based relief services to needy citizens. Jones said that utility bills are higher now than at other seasons of the year because it costs more to cool in the summer […]

One step at a time

The Oneonta High School Marching Band, at 165 members the biggest in school history, began its second practice Tuesday to get ready for the upcoming marching/football season with the basics: close order drill with emphasis on smooth, crisp, and uniform execution of commands like right face, left face, left flank, right flank and about face. Next comes marching with instruments […]

Hayden hosts senate hopefuls forum

The West Blount Chamber of Commerce hosted seven U.S. Senate candidates in the upcoming U.S. Senate party primaries. Democratic candidates Vann Caldwell, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Charles Nana and Republican hopefuls Dr. James Beretta, Randy Brinson, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, and state Sen. Trip Pittman spent some 90 minutes introducing themselves and fielding selected pre-submitted questions to an estimated […]

Sea of sunflowers

Or almost 40 acres of them, to be exact. Owners Ben and Lisa Butler, of Butler’s Dove Ranch in Snead, planted the sunflowers, along with corn and sorghrum in preparation of dove hunting season this fall and the ranch’s annual dove shoot held on opening day, Sept. 9. The seeds planted were Mycogen blackoil sunflower seeds – a common enough […]

Warrior man dead after jump from river bridge

Robert W. Bowman, 66, of Warrior died following a plunge from the U.S. 31 bridge over the Locust Fork River in Warrior last Thursday morning. Witnesses reported seeing the man get out of his car on the bridge, look over the side, then back at the road before jumping, according to Warrior Police Chief Ray Horn. He was found in […]

McKinney serves in Trump Administration

Former Blount County resident Matt McKinney joined the Trump Administration in April as White House liaison to the Peace Corps. The appointment continues McKinney’s odyssey in various state and national Republican circles. After graduating from Oneonta High School in 2000, McKinney attended Jefferson State Community College before transferring to Samford University, where he obtained his political science degree. He jokes […]

News Briefs

CITY OF ONEONTA will have the council meeting tomorrow, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. The July 25 meeting was cancelled because there was no quorum present. The agenda will remain the same. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Classic Cruise- In will be Saturday, July 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The OBA, along with Pounder’s Seafood Restaurant and SwampTails Restaurant, […]

Music in the Park, Hayden style

The band Pure County and leadoff singer Mayor Larry Armstrong tune up and team up Saturday night on ‘I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You’ at Music in the Park behind Hayden City Hall. Or it could have been ‘I Love You Because,’ Armstrong said. Accompanying him at left on bass guitar is Raymond Williams, and seated at right, drummer Dwight Finley. […]

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Joseph Whited,principalCleveland ElementaryFavorite Movie – ‘Facing the Giants’Favorite TV Show – ‘SportsCenter’Favorite Cartoon Character(s) – WileE. Coyote and the Road RunnerFavorite Music – CountryFavorite Author – Ron ClarkFavorite Food – Fried ChickenFavorite Sandwich – ClubLeast Favorite Food – Raw CarrotsFavorite Vacation – Fishing at LakeGuntersvilleDream Vacation – St. Regis Resort,Bora Bora (featured in the movie‘Couples Retreat’)Favorite Team – Alabama

BCA leadership under fire


During my tenure in the Legislature in the 1980s and 1990s, political party affiliation was not as pronounced as it is today. We were identified within the Montgomery/Capitol arena as either a conservative pro-business legislator or a liberal pro-union/pro-trial lawyer legislator. Similar to when someone new arrives in Alabama and they are asked to choose sides in college football (Alabama […]