Happy Halloween!

Veterans Day programs planned in county schools

Schools in Blount County make a special effort to convey the historic and patriotic importance of Veterans Day to students who will become the country’s citizens and defenders of tomorrow. Some programs are open to the public, while others are configured as learning events for students. The chart below gives pertinent details on observances in each school. Appalachian Date: Friday, […]

Cleveland B&B Landfill meeting spurs questions

Continued from last week

A public meeting at Cleveland Community Center last week about a proposed tire landfill location off Hazelrig Road near Cleveland generated energetic questions from the audience of about 100. The meeting was conducted by Bud Adams, operator of a tire landfill off County Road 9 in west Blount County that is at or nearing capacity. Adams made a brief statement […]


TREATS ON THE STREET will be tonight, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., downtown Oneonta. Children are invited to dress in costume and recieve treats from local businesses along the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of First Avenue East. Children must be supervised and a secret judge will award prizes for best costumes. The event is sponsored by […]

Board members sworn in; brief business agenda handled

Oneonta City Schools Board of Education

Recently re-elected board members Patrick Adams and Steve Anderton were sworn in at the Oneonta City Schools Board of Education meeting Monday. The board also approved superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendations during a brief business meeting following an afternoon retreat of school principals and administrators. The board approved: • enrollment of one middle school non-resident student for the 2018-2019 school year. […]

Attention Korean War vets

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for veterans who served during the Korean War and may be eligible to receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal. The medal is issued by the Republic of Korea and can be awarded to any veteran who served at any time from June 25, 1950, through Oct. 25, 1954, in Korea whether […]


In last week’s article “Beyond Benedikt’s” Brenda Harbison was incorrectly given a middle name. Frankie is Brenda’s husband.

Mother Nature’s pruners

County Agent’s Corner

While walking around my pecan trees checking to see if any nuts are hitting the ground yet, I noticed I had a good many pencil-sized limbs on the ground. They had dead leaves attached and looked as if someone had sawed them off with a pruning saw. This is the work of the long-horned twig girdler beetle. It is a […]

Chamber speaker reveals frightening financial snapshot

“I graduated the University with a double major and a perfect 4.0 in each. I had an interview with __ (name omitted here but a company within Fortune 500’s 2017 top ten percent). I thought things looked real good. “In the interview, they addressed my debt to earnings ratio. I had finished college with a $25,000 credit card debt and […]

Recipe Corner

Crack Bread

1 loaf sourdough bread, sliced1 block sharp cheddar cheese, thinlysliced1 large bag real bacon bits1 stick butter1 pack ranch dressing mix Lay bread slices on a lined cookie sheet. Melt butter and stir in ranch dressing mix. Spoon mixture over bread slices. Cover the bread with cheese slices and then bacon bits. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is […]