Chamber hosts annual citizen, business award banquet

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held its 35th annual awards banquet last week at Anchors Church. The event is held to celebrate individual, business, and community achievements for the past year, with awards given in nine different categories. Following are the winners in each category. Pat Bellew Citizen of the Year – Gailya Sargent Charles Carr Volunteer of the […]

Shared passion for preservation

“All of us, at one time or another, will drive past an old house, barn or other outbuilding and take notice of it as it is slowly reclaimed by nature. “Most of us will forget what we’ve seen, only moments later. Some will say, ‘What a shame,’ in recognition of its hopeless condition. A few will wonder what might be […]

BamaCarry hosts sheriff candidate’s forum

BamaCarry, whose mission is to educate and inform citizens concerning their rights protected by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Alabama, held a forum with five of the six candidates running for sheriff at SwampTails last Thursday night. The attending candidates, James Chapman, Mark Moon, Charlie Turner, Kevin Price, and Ronnie Chastain, were each given 5 […]

Man pleads guilty to rape of Blount County teen

Carlton Carvel Bates, 37, of Birmingham, pleaded guilty last week to five felony charges related to the attempted kidnapping of a J.B. Pennington student in 2016. Bates was accused of using the KIK social media app to contact the student, sent her pictures of his genitals, engaged in sexual intercourse with her at Cleveland Park and later attempted to check […]

News Briefs

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS present “Anne of Green Gables” by Chadwicke, Montgomery, on Fridays, March 16, 17, 23, and 24, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are March 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. The theater is located at 413 6th Street South, Oneonta (across from Jet Pep). Reserve tickets by calling 274-7469 or visit FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER […]

Ferry named police chief

Town of Cleveland

Mayor Jerry Jones made two major announcements at last Thursday’s meeting of the Cleveland Town Council. One was a new police chief had been hired and the second involved the street repaving project. Mayor Jones introduced Bill Ferry as the town’s new police chief. At last month’s meeting, Jones informed the council that Tim Jones had tendered his resignation. At […]

2018 Industry Update set for this Friday, March 16

A luncheon seminar serving as a primer for county business and industry on guidelines for ad valorem and real property tax reporting, as well as accounting implications of 2018 federal tax law changes, will be held at the Wallace State – Oneonta Campus building this Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Representatives from the Alabama Department of Revenue in […]

Turning a dream into a reality

After being involved in a head-on collision in 2017, and enduring some significant injuries, Keahley Crabtree was unable to return to her previous employment. Crabtree said she knew that she could not “just sit around” and wanted to find something productive to with her time. She prayed and asked God, “to send me a direction you want me to go.” […]

The contenders are lining up


Well, folks, the 2018 political year has begun and all of the horses are in the chute. It is going to be a good year for horse racaes. Perennially, the year of the governor’s race has been the best year for Alabama politics. Historically, most Alabamians have been more interested in who they elect as governor than who is president. […]

Fowler still going strong at 96 years of age

“Yes siree, good neighbors, this is Wrae Fowler bringing you the Swap Shop from Fowler Hardware, Blount County’s oldest and most-reliable store in town. We’ve been serving most of you good neighbors since 1908. If you’re looking for Fowler Hardware, look for the orange front store with the plate class windows on Main Street in Oneonta. Get your pencils and […]