Happy Thanksgiving!

In the world we live in, it can be easy to speed through Thanksgiving without giving it much thought. We quickly throw away our pumpkins to make room for Christmas decorations and we leave the Thanksgiving dinner table to go shop the deals at big chain stores. My faith in Thanksgiving was restored through my Sunday school class this week […]

Sheriff’s department adjustments, resolutions dominate agenda

Blount County Commission

The Nov. 4 Blount County Commission meeting was unusual for the amount of ground covered: a public hearing on a landfill application, a work session and business meeting combined into one meeting, swearing in of two recently-reelected commissioners, and retirement recognition for two long-service District 1 road crew employees. In the business meeting, the commission handled four agenda items affecting […]

High drama: Locust Fork gets $640,000 grant:

loses out at first, gets reprieve, blows doors off competition in final round (in a manner of speaking)

First, the news. Locust Fork has received a $640,000 competitive grant award for a nearly three-quarter-mile-long sidewalk project along the main thoroughfare of the town, stretching from Locust Fork Park at the southwest end of town to Locust Fork Baptist Church at the northeast end. Next the players. From the left above: mild-mannered teammates Attorney Brett King, District 1 Commissioner […]

Farm City poster contest winners

Farm City poster contest winners recognized at the Nov. 16 Farm City Banquet are: (from left) Eli Abel, Noah Miller, Tatum Abel, Jackson Hamrick, and Reed Miller. Attendees of the banquet, held at Locust Fork Baptist Church, were treated to a catered meal and entertainment by The Cotton Pickin’ Kids from Hanceville. Kyle Hayes with the Alabama Farmers Federation spoke […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

HOPE HOUSE CHRISTMAS REGISTRATION Please phone Jessica Waid at 625- 4673 by today, Nov. 21, to verify eligibility and schedule an appointment. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Story hour will skip today, Nov. 21, due to the holiday. The library will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving. BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 22, through […]

Between the Lines

The past few weeks have been very busy. I had friends visiting from NYC recently who are first timers to the South and were headed down from Nashville. While in route to Oneonta, I got a text that they wanted “authentic southern BBQ.” I thought about where I could take them for quite some time. Saw’s in Birmingham… Full Moon […]

Local product fills critical need in still-recovering Puerto Rico


This is a story about how a locally designed and manufactured product – a solar powered charging station for mobile devices – is meeting a critical need in Puerto Rico, where electricity is still unavailable and/or unreliable much of the time, even now, more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated the Carribean island. The charging stations enable mobile devices […]

TLC opens new short-term rehab wing

TLC Nursing Center held a grand opening last week for its elegant, new, short-term rehabilitation wing, a 1,200 sq. ft. addition to the TLC facility. Celebrating the ribbon-cutting are from right: Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris, TLC partner William Lemley, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe, TLC partner Mark Sims, TLC administrator Pam Vogt, TLC medical director […]

Children’s Center receives grant

The Blount County Children’s Center (BCCC) recently received a donation from Greg Long on behalf of Matthews Children’s Foundation (MCF). Long, who owns Long Family Funeral Homes, presented representatives of BCCC with a check for $1,000 (pictured at right). “The Children’s Center does a lot of good work in our area and we are pleased to be able to present […]

Snead awaits Susan Moore on $300K grant


Jeff Whited, director of the Snead utility department, says his agency now awaits action from Susan Moore to proceed on a $300,000 water improvement grant. Updating Snead councilors in their regular meeting last week, Whited detailed how his department will cover the additional matching costs required when bids came in over budget. The low bid on the anticipated $250,000 project […]


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