Wallace State-Oneonta academic center groundbreaking set Oct. 19


A groundbreaking ceremony for the Wallace State-Oneonta classroom and workforce development construction project, headlined by Gov. Kay Ivey, is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. , city officials announced last week. The ceremony will be at the site on the corner of First Avenue and First Street in downtown Oneonta. “The new campus center will consist of 20,000 square […]

Computer coding unplugged at OES

Oneonta Elementary School principal Leslie Russell had a vision of students getting more out of computer lab. She visualized every student having the opportunity to learn computer science in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic. Russell put the wheels in motion and soon had the opportunity to make her vision a reality with code.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding […]


Less than three weeks after the Blount County Fair, a major transformation has taken place at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. AgriPhobia has inundated the building. Instead of amusements rides, food, and bright lights, the center now has dark smoke-filled rooms with hieroglyphics, mad scientists, werewolves, skeletons, clowns, Frankenstein, and Dracula. What is AgriPhobia? AgriPhobia is advertised as “an intense, […]

Blount County Schools launch stakeholder survey

The Blount County Schools strategic planning team has developed a survey to enable all stakeholders to have their voices heard as the team outlines long-term priorities, goals, and strategies for the school system. The survey is open to parents, recent graduates, staff, and all members of the community. It covers key topics critical to Blount County Schools’ success. Everyone with […]

Board hires Daniel Smith as superintendent

In a brief special meeting called to select a new superintendent for Oneonta City Schools from a group of five candidates interviewed, the Oneonta City Board of Education voted unanimously to offer the job to Daniel Smith (above), pending a follow up background check and contract negotiations to come. Smith, currently assistant superintendent for Blount County Schools, accepted the job. […]

Laskoski wins gold… and silver… and bronze

Madeliene Laskoski brought home a total of six medals from the Alabama Masters Games which was held at the Trussville Civic Center Oct. 2- 5. The Oneonta resident competed in the female 60-64 division and won gold in shuffleboard and table tennis, silver in checkers, and bronze in horseshoes, bowling and Frisbee throw. Her husband, William, also won four medals. […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The fourth annual awards dinner will be tomorrow, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m., at Limestone Springs Golf Club. Roman Street, a widely known acoustic guitar duo, will perform. Tickets are $40, $75 per couple, and $300 per table of eight. See any board member to purchase or visit the website. BLOUNTSVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Oct. […]

Just a little clarification, please…


I just feel the need to make this clear, as clear as I can make it. Last week’s stories concerning the Blount County Commission approving the budget were not in any way meant to be critical of the commissioners and the work they did. Believe me, I know how hard it is for the commissioners to make these decisions and […]


The statement made in the paper last week that 49 percent of the county budget is allocated to the sheriff’s department and jail is incorrect. The sentence should have said that the sheriff’s department and jail expenditures combined constitute about 49 percent of the general fund budget. The sentence appeared in District 4 Commissioner Nick Washburn’s statement concerning the 2018 […]

Jefferson County becomes a battleground


Jefferson County is transitioning from a Republican to a Democratic county. In the process, they are having an interesting array of intriguing political happenings. You may recall that a few months back I wrote about the indictment of the newly elected Jefferson County District Attorney, Charles Todd Henderson, on perjury charges. To say a lot has happened since then would […]