OBA awards dinner

Congratulations to winners from the fourth annual Oneonta Business Association awards dinner. A total of 27 individuals and businesses received nominations. The top three in each category were considered by an out-of-state judging panel for each award.

Sheriff’s budget cut $118,000 to cover inmate health care; approves 772 agreement


Following an hour-long executive session announced to discuss the good name and character of employees and other individuals, and the safety of persons and facilities, the Blount County Commission resumed its regular session, and passed a motion to remove an additional $118,000 from the 2018 Sheriff’s Department budget. The amount, according to the motion, is to be placed in an […]

Limited associate degrees in the cards when Wallace Academic Center is complete

When Wallace State moves into it’s new academic center in 2019, it will offer two-year associate degrees to Oneonta students without their having to transfer from Oneonta to the main campus in Hanceville. That’s the word making the rounds, but is it true? Yes, but – within limits. Does that generalization require further explanation. Yes. For example, does it apply […]

Eakes, Duncan murderers to stay behind bars

The two men convicted of killing a pair of Oneonta teens were resentenced to life in prison by a Jefferson County judge last week. Christopher Thrasher (left), 42, and Carvin Stargell (right), 43, were originally sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1992 murders of Allen Eakes, 15, and Kevin Duncan, 14. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in […]

Oneonta handles regular business in short order

The Oneonta City Council handled its business items relatively quickly before hearing from other contributors and adjourning into executive session. In the first business matter, councilors approved an alley vacation in the McCay addition, reportedly between McCay and Park avenues. Members agreed to advertise for a full-time public works employee and scheduled a public hearing on applying the state legislated […]

‘Nothing as special as hugs from grandchildren’

Annette Drake of Blountsville is a breast cancer survivor who said, “There is nothing quite as special as getting hugs from grandchildren.” She reminisced on how uplifting it was to have her grandchildren around during this most difficult time. Despite being cancer free for 2.5 years, Drake said, “The fear of the cancer returning is always in the back of […]

Tears in the office


This week, we celebrate those that are fighting breast cancer with our special section. We’ve tried to highlight local stories of people who continue to battle the disease and offer their perspective – in their own words as much as possible. One story is particularly emotional for me … the story of my sister and her battle that ended 14 […]

Let’s get to know…

District 34 Rep. David Standridge Favorite Movie – ‘Star Wars’ and ‘OBrother Where Art Thou’Favorite TV Show – ‘Survivor’Favorite Cartoon Character – FoghornLeghornFavorite Book – ‘The Bible’ and ‘TheFirm’ by John GrishamFavorite Music – The EaglesFavorite Food – SteakFavorite Sandwich – French DipFood He Won’t Eat – OnionsFavorite Vacation – Alaskan CruiseDream Vacation – YellowstoneNational ParkFavorite Team – Air Force […]

News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Albertville Chamber of Commerce director Jennifer Palmer will be guest speaker. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss Sunrise Crossing, by Jodi Thomas tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The Lego Club will meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at […]

Ivey on the trail


Now that the dust has settled from the Republican Senate primary, we can focus on the much-anticipated elections of 2018. Kay Ivey is definitely running for governor. She raised over $1 million in a few short weeks in August with an exploratory committee. As of the last reporting period, she has raised $1.2 million followed closely by Huntsville Mayor Tommy […]