Run, Hide, Fight!

Read this, it might save your life; better still, take the course

by Ron Gholson It can’t happen here. Wrong. Wrong. It can and there’s a finite probability that it will. A mass shooter can strike at the very threshold of hearth and home: at school, at church, at an outdoor event, in a restaurant, on the highway. Believe me: it’s happened twice at schools in or near my hometown. Forget dreading […]

Meth confiscated by OPD

Through two arrests for possession with the intent to distribute, Oneonta police officers confiscated more than one ounce of methamphetamine over the last week. While an ounce of methamphetamine does not seem like a large amount, it is equivalent to 28.35 grams. The average dose of methamphetamine is about a quarter of a gram. Getting just an ounce off the […]

Snead addresses personnel and expenditure issues

The Snead Town Council voted to accept the resignation of police officer Casey Hathcock at its latest council meeting. Councilman Greg Ogles informed the council of his selection of Josh Wilemon to manage recreational field concessions for the year. Hall declines chief position In the session, as reported separately last week, councilors voted to offer the vacant police chief position […]

Murdered UAB doctor native of Blount County

News outlets last week announced the assault-related death of UAB doctor and associate professor William Thomas O’Byrne III. The accounts reported that while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, he became separated from friends, who later found him seriously injured and on a ventilator at a local hospital. They arranged his return to UAB, where life-restoring efforts proved unsuccessful. He died […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS invite the public to the seminar, Butterflies of Blount County, tomorrow, March 8, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building, given by Paulette Ogard. The event is free and reservations are not required. BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will hold the regular monthly meeting tomorrow, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. BAMACARRY […]

Thank You

Dear Blount County Community, I wish to thank those who attended the Talladega College Choir concerts last week. Your presence indicates the community’s support for varied cultural exposures. In addition to attendees, I wish to thank those who helped make the events possible. I often want to think of myself as independent but then realize how dependent I am on […]

The influence of Milton McGregor


As the June primaries for our statewide races get closer, there is a lot of media attention and stories written about the power being wielded by special interests, PACs and big money. They focus on the large amount of cash and influence being bet on the horses for governor and the Legislature. The Business Council of Alabama and ALFA are […]

Personnel matters dominate agenda

Oneonta City Council

At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Oneonta City Council approved a resolution proclaiming Feb. 27 as Arbor Day in Oneonta. The resolution urges citizens to appreciate and support efforts to protect the area’s trees and woodlands because of the many practical and esthetic benefits they confer. The council then dealt with a number of personnel matters, beginning with the reappointment […]

End of an era

Feb. 28 ended an era for the city of Oneonta and began a new one for retiring city clerk Tammie Noland, a 25-year city veteran who spent the last 10-plus years as city clerk. Helping celebrate the retirement occasion are, front row from the left: Joan Epps, Stephanie Preston, Tanya Alexander, the honoree, Glenda Reed, and Megan Kelly. Short back […]

Oneonta city school board handles routine business

The Oneonta City Schools board met Feb. 26, and in a brief session, approved Superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendations for the month and received his monthly highlights report of school activities. The board acted on the following recommendations: • approved the seventh grade out-of-state field trip to Washington, D. C., March 14-18. • approved facilities-use agreement for Oneonta /Blount County Fraternal […]