Listen and Learn


Utilizing a panel of experts in drug addiction, treatment, and recovery, the Hope House presented their first Listen and Learn question-and-answer session on May 22. Outreach coordinator Susan Sweatman said the session’s goal was to provide the community with answers about addiction, to inform others that recovery help is available, and how vital community support is for those recovering from […]

Board elects officers for 2018-2019

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education met Monday night and elected officers for the 2018-2019 school year. Don Maples was nominated for president and Ricky Hicks for vice president. Both were elected by unanimous vote. All members of the board and Superintendent Daniel Smith were present. In further business, the board approved all of Smith’s recommendations. In personnel matters, it […]

Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes not just a seasonal problem


AUBURN, Ala. — Warmer weather is upon us and pet owners tend to think about tick and flea control for their dogs and cats. But according to a veterinary parasitology expert at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, this should not be just a seasonal concern. “A tick problem is not just a summer problem,” said Dr. Lindsay Starkey, an […]

Sports Briefs

ONEONTA YOUTH FOOTBALL and co-ed flag football registration will end Thursday, May 31. Register today or tomorrow, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Oneonta Rec Center. Football is open to kindergarten through sixth grade, and co-ed flag football is open to ages 5-12, ages as of Aug. 1. Bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and the […]

Make your voice count


In an effort to begin a strategic planning process for work and investment within the county, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (CFGB) and community members held an important discussion on May 21 at the Cleveland Community Center. Operating on the core values of engage, inspire, serve, and lead, CFGB serves Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties, and […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS JONES CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. nightly. Prayer band begins at 6:45 p.m. Evangelist is Quinton Claburn and pastor is Earl Harper. ONEONTA CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST will have a one day tent revival and outreach service on Saturday, June 2, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Darryl Johnson […]

Byron Blake

BYRON BLAKE, 78, Oneonta, died May 23, 2018. He worked for 31 years as a registered nurse, seven years at a nursing home, and part-time at area funeral homes. He was a committee member of Blount Memory Cemetery and a member of Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were son Jason Blake, parents Issac and Rena Dumas Blake, five brothers, […]

Derwin Andre Bonner

DERWIN ANDRE BONNER, 53, Pinson, died May 18, 2018. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on May 26 at Oneonta Church of God in Christ with burial at Zion Memorial Park. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Jason Herndon

JASON HERNDON, 40, Hayden, died May 20, 2018. Graveside services were held at 12:30 p.m. on May 24 at High Rock Cemetery. Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directed.

Joel ‘Ricky’ Johnson

JOEL ‘RICKY’ JOHNSON, 48, Oneonta, died May 23, 2018. Memorial services were held at 11:30 a.m. on May 25 at Anchors Church with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.