First Avenue extension still down the road

Inquiring minds – and there’s a gracious plenty of them in Oneonta – have been wanting to know for a while about the new street that has been materializing next to Oneonta Herb Shop and catty-cornered across from the Coin Laundry on Ala 75 south. The answer is that it’s B Street – more specifically the extension of B Street […]

The 200 block – bank still a bank despite several changes

1955 Downtown Oneonta

[The series on 1955 downtown Oneonta continues as this article addresses businesses in the western half of the 200 block of Oneonta’s First Avenue East.] At 200, one would have found Chamblee’s Food Corner, a grocery owned and operated by Glenn and Evelyn Chamblee. Son Tim recalls his mother’s artistic work in decorating the front plate-glass windows for holidays, especially […]

Task force to study inmate work-release program

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission formally approved a task force to study the implementation of an inmate work-release program during Monday’s meeting. “I tell you this is something I’ve thought about all weekend,” said Probate Judge Chris Green. “Ever since the work session last Thursday and the presentation by (Drug Court) Judge John Dobson and the plan for this (task force) […]

School property tax vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 20

Oneonta citizens will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide whether to authorize the levy of a 9-mil property tax within the city limits to support an approximately $10 million capital projects plan to expand and upgrade Oneonta City Schools facilities to meet enrollment growth and other needs. The plan calls for building a new 8- to 10-room classroom […]

Celebrating 200 years

Last week, we started a series that will run throughout most of the year dealing with the 200-year celebration of the town of Blountsville. The town’s bicentennial committee is working with us and we will produce stories throughout the series that spotlight the history of the town, its people, how they worship and educate and how the town has changed […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION The ‘Making Money Count’ program series will be offered as follows: Decision Making and Communication/ Spending Plan on today from 10 a.m. until noon; Credit/Banking/Power Pay tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. Phone Emily Hines at 757- 5393 to register for the free workshops. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Feb. 15, at 10 […]

Yes or no, just vote


Next Tuesday, residents of the city of Oneonta will go to the polls to vote on a 9-mil property tax increase with the money generated going to the Oneonta City School System. Sounds pretty simple and, in reality, it is. If you think that you are taxed enough and/or the school system could do a better job of managing what […]

Vote yes

A friend of mine told me that he was voting no on the tax increase because he did not have children in the school system. I explained to him the schools are what hold up a community. You pay taxes for education to support everyone. Great schools increase property values, decrease crime, and encourage families and other residents to be […]

Thank you

Recently, I traveled from Oneonta to have lunch at Daisy’s Cafe in Locust Fork. This was my second time to eat there, and the food, service, and friendly atmosphere was inviting and welcoming. Each person welcomed this ‘stranger,’ as no one there knew me. As I was leaving the restaurant, I was informed that the fireman sitting near me had […]

Visitors from afar

The Hayden Lions Club hosted visitors from far and wide last month in connection with a work day to put finishing touches on the Covered Bridge replica located on Ala 160 near Hayden Primary School. The bridge and its associated Adopt-A-Brick pathway links the primary school playground to the Vera Vaughn Park and Amphitheater across the drainageway spanned by the […]