Covered Bridge Players present ‘Dixie Swim Club’

Described by the cast as “Golden Girls meet Designing Women, with a little bit of Steel Magnolias thrown in,” the Covered Bridge Players upcoming production of “Dixie Swim Club” is sure to make one smile. “Dixie Swim Club” follows five members of the Pemberton College Swim Team from graduation through age 77. The group meets every summer for a weekend […]

School systems file five-year capital plans with state

All public school systems are required each year to submit plans summarizing capital projects – new buildings, building additions, renovations, and major maintenance/replacement projects (e.g. HVAC systems and roofs) – that will be completed during the period. Both county systems, Oneonta City and Blount County, have prepared these reports and are preparing to submit them. The plan for Oneonta City […]

Not to be confused with a one-eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater

This 6-inch-long caterpillar is a Hickory Horned Devil, and as much as the description may fit now, he’ll turn into a large, 4- to 6-inch orange and tan, subtly-striped Regal Moth, after overwintering in the ground at least one season in pupa stage. In its present stage, it looks b-a-aad, but it’s harmless. The horns look lethal, but they don’t […]

Probate Judge Chris Green named in same-sex marriage complaint

Along with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green has been named in a complaint filed in U. S. District Court of Northern Alabama, requesting injunctive relief from the decision embodied in Obergefell vs. Hodge, the U. S. Supreme Court ruling of 2015 granting marriage rights to same-sex couples. Green told […]

Snead seeks bids on town timber

Snead Mayor La’Shone Price announced receipt of an $18,000 bid to cut timber on the town’s some 40 acres at its industrial park. In past meetings, councilors had discussed the need to upgrade the park, beginning with surveying and clearing. As members considered the offer, councilman Dale Snead suggested the council await completion of the survey before soliciting bids. Price […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., there will be a special screening of the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. Refreshments will be provided. Dr. Frannie Koe will conduct a seminar on the connections between diet and health in ‘The Benefits of Eating Closer to Home,’ on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. ‘Basic Computer Skills: […]

Oneonta officer fired

Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton released a statement this week addressing the employment of Sgt. Shane Osborn, who was arrested in St. Clair County for DUI on Aug. 26. “On Saturday, Aug. 26, an Oneonta Police officer was arrested in St. Clair County for DUI. I was made aware of this arrest after being contacted by Col. Charles Ward of […]

Decatur man dies in weekend wreck in Blount County

A Decatur man died in a weekend traffic accident in Blount County. Kenneth Adams Owens, 38, was the driver of a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire that left the road Saturday night and hit a tree on U.S. 31, about four miles south of Garden City, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). He was pronounced dead and was not believed […]

Candidates are lining up for 2018


Labor Day is the traditional kickoff to an election year. Folks, our quadrennial gubernatorial election year is going to be a doozy. We are in for one heck of a political year. Besides the governor’s race, we have open races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, and agriculture commissioner. We also have statewide races for secretary of state and […]

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Appalachian School

Last Wednesday, Sen. Shay Shelnutt (SD-17) and Rep. David Standridge (HD- 34) joined state and local school officials, parents and pre-K advocates from the Alabama School Readiness Alliance for a ribbon cutting ceremony of Blount County’s only pre-K classroom at Appalachian School. Having only one pre-K classroom in the county limits the number of students that can be reached. Appalachian […]