Large crowds for ‘Small Town Christmas’

Pulling off three days of ‘Small Town Christmas’ was no easy feat; however, with the precise planning and coordination between numerous organizations, it is considered a huge success. Event coordinator Merri Crow noted, from her perspective, that the biggest obstacle of the weekend was simply being the first time an event like this had ever been done. She said they […]

City recognizes officer’s lifesaving action

Oneonta police Chief Charles Clifton presented Cpl Steven Adamson a commendatory plaque for his successful resuscitation effort of a heart attack victim on Oct. 27. Adamson began CPR prior to the arrival of fire department EMS personnel Kyle Dodd, Patrice Mulkey, and Zach Page. Speaking later, fire Chief Arthur Willis emphasized that some 250,000 people annually experience similar situations and […]

Blount County Education Foundation grant winners named

Last Thursday, the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) “prize patrol” made its way to all Blount County schools to award classroom grants for 126 projects representing 157 teachers within the system. BCEF executive director Mitchie Neel said, “The BCEF is absolutely thrilled to be able to award this many classroom grants. The 157 teachers who will receive these grants is […]

New classifications and alignments released

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has released the new classifications and alignments for the 2018-2020 school years and the changes for Blount County schools are significant. Only one school from the county will change classifications as Southeastern will bump up from 1A to 2A. All other schools in the county will stay in their current classification, although all […]

‘Angels Among Us’

This breathtaking light sculpture graces the Christmas lights display at Palisades Park this year. Contributed by Patti Williams in memory of Lucille and Bud Evans, it evokes the eternal verities of Christmas: hope, peace, serenity. The park is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p..m. every night in December except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Admission free; donations welcome. Santa […]

Yes and again, please


The first Small Town Christmas celebration was a huge success last weekend and we salute the three main entities involved – the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center, Oneonta Business Association and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. From the city Christmas tree lighting and expanded shopping Friday night to the Blount County Christmas Parade Saturday morning (all the arguments against a […]

Choose democracy

Are you as disgusted as I am with the sewage-slinging that this election has brought? Is the world watching America’s lack of truth, honesty, and integrity in our election process? It has been said that the Republican candidate has brought shame to our state. That he will take us back to what it was. Well, I’m in my 70s and […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA POLICE DEPARTMENT will conduct active shooter training tomorrow, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY ‘Twas the Night Poetry Contest is for ages 7-11 and 12-18. Gift cards will be awarded to winners in each age bracket. There is a 100-word limit for ages 7-11 and 200-word limit for ages 12-18. […]


In the photo story on the CAWACO weather siren grant, appearing in the Nov. 22 edition, the paper incorrectly identified Doug Smith as the chairman of the Blount County Fire and EMS Association. Smith is the secretary/treasurer of the association and Jon Head is the chairman. Further, Smith was representing CAWACO in the photo, not the fire association. He is […]

‘End Distracted Driving’

“If you are texting or on the phone and have a crash, it is not an accident – it’s a choice.” These intense words offered to Oneonta High School (OHS) 10th-grade students last Wednesday by attorney and presenter David Dobson may be harsh, but they are definitely spot on. Dobson pointed out that according to research, a person is four […]