Oneonta examines finances, anticipating 2018 budget

Oneonta city councilors met with administrators and department representatives in a public hearing last Thursday to examine potential revenues and expenses for the 2018 fiscal year budget. City manager-economic developer Ed Lowe reviewed the figures, entertaining questions from councilors and others. Lowe noted the initially presented budget increased the 2017 figure of $7.822 million to $8.062 million. Asked of present […]

Eclipse puzzle

city kids got out of school, county kids didn’t; What’s the deal?

Here’s the deal, according to the dealers. That would be Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green and Oneonta City Schools interim Superintendent Tim Nabors. Green: “We made the decision to stay in school based on the exceptional learning opportunities planned for our students. This was the first time since 1918 that a near-total solar eclipse would be visible on a […]

Helping Hands of the Thin Blue Line

Families that are in need when encountered by law enforcement are the focus of a charitable campaign to provide specific items these families often need. Officers meet these families – many living in heart-breaking conditions – during the course of their work. Sometimes circumstances are such that officers pay for these items out-of-pocket to provide simple humanitarian relief, especially relating […]

County storm-warning system upgraded

Blount County’s system of 25 weather-warning sirens has been upgraded. Formerly, all sirens sounded simultaneously whenever a storm warning was issued affecting any part of the county. Now, because of new software enabling only selected sirens to sound, only the area likely to be directly affected by an approaching storm can be alerted with sounding sirens. The system went live […]

Guilty verdict, life sentence in Hazelrig/Sherrer murders

William Lane Bosner was found guilty on four counts of murder in connection to the killings of Gary “Sambo” Hazelrig and Rasha Breann Sherrer on Sept. 14, 2015. After five days of testimony, the jury returned with the guilty verdict after deliberating for 1.5 hours yesterday (Tuesday). With retired Circuit Judge Loyd Little presiding, Bosner was sentenced to life in […]

News Briefs

MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR MIRACLE NETWORK The second annual event will be Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Oneonta Walmart, with registration at 7:30 a.m., and the ride beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per bike, $10 per passenger and includes a meal. There will be live music and and prizes with all proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. […]

Senate seat election results for county reflect state imperfectly

In the Republican Party primary on Aug. 15, Roy Moore, with 38.9 percent (164,524) of the vote statewide, outpolled Luther Strange with 32.8 percent (138,971) of the vote, with 423,282 votes cast. The two top vote getters combined for more than 70 percent of the vote and will face each other in the Republican runoff election on Sept. 26. Mo […]

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Moore – a modern Wallace?


When the race for the open Senate seat left by Jeff Sessions began, it appeared to be a Roy Moore versus Luther Strange contest. Well folks, that’s how it ended last Tuesday. We’ve got a runoff between our Ten Commandments Judge, Roy Moore, and Big Luther Strange. Roy Moore has been around Alabama politics for a while now. Alabamians know […]