Oneonta votes

The signs outside the Frank Green Building tell the tale as residents of the city of Oneonta went to the polls yesterday to vote on a proposed 9 mil property tax increase with the money earmarked for Oneonta City Schools. The referendum has generated much debate and, in some cases, animosity as supporters for and against the increase have been […]

School safety: A shared responsibility

With two Blount County students being charged over the past week with making a terroristic threat, school safety concerns by parents, students, teachers, and the community have escalated. County and city officials are in agreement when it comes to school safety – “Say something.” Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton said, “If you see something, say something. If you hear something, […]

New voting system tried during Oneonta tax referendum

The only difference voters will experience in a new voting system to be tested during the Oneonta property tax referendum this week is signing in the signature space of a computer screen instead of signing a paper poll register before receiving a ballot. The entire sequence is as follows: (1) The voter approaches the poll worker at the registration desk […]

Department stores dominated the 200 block of First Avenue in 1955

1955 Downtown Oneonta

[The series on 1955 downtown Oneonta continues as this article addresses businesses in the eastern half of the 200 block of Oneonta’s First Ave. E.] In addition to Bentley’s, N.C. Prickett, J. H. Lowry, and The Dollar Store noted last week on the western end of First Avenue’s 200 block, the eastern end added Watson’s, The Fair Store, and V.J. […]

Election results

Deadlines are a tricky thing sometimes. Because of our print deadline yesterday, the Oneonta School Tax Referendum results are not in the paper today. We invite you to go to our Facebook page for the results and look for a wrap-up on the vote in next week’s paper.


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Novel Destinatons will meet tomorrow, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. The movie ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ will be shown tomorrow, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. Twisted Stitchers is meeting Mondays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at noon. Homeschool Hangouts is for homeschoolers of all ages and will meet Monday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn […]

‘Dementia-Friendly Department’

Memory loss, irrational thinking, confusion, and combativeness are just a few of the challenges first responders are often confronted with when handling emergency calls involving Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Because Alzheimer’s and dementia patients often initially respond with a fearful reaction, it has been determined that handling these type of calls in a traditional way may not always be the […]

Blount County Schools tackle 20-year energy modernization plan

Blount County Schools and Schneider Electric, an integrated energy management and automation engineering firm, have embarked on a joint project to dramatically improve energy efficiency at the school system’s 20 locations countywide by addressing multiple energy-using systems: heating, air conditioning, lighting, water, electric power, and telecommunications. The kickoff meeting was held at Blount County Schools’ central office last week as […]

Snead sets special meeting to interview police chief applicants

Snead town officials have scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, (tomorrow) at 7 p.m. to interview reported applicants Anthony Grigsby, Noel Christian Hall, Tim Kent, and Matthew McCoy for the vacant police chief position. The interviews will take place in the council meeting chambers at the town community center. -Jim Kilgore

This year’s session should be a quick one


The 2018 legislative session will be short and sweet since it is an election year. Historically, during the last year of a quadrennium, the Legislature convenes early and passes the budgets, then goes home and campaigns for re-election to another four year term. Our forefathers, who wrote our 1901 Constitution, must have been thinking the same thing because they designed […]