Postage rates increase Jan. 27

The United States Postal Service has announced new postage rates to be implemented Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Here are highlights of the increase. • The first-class letter (1 oz.) rate will increase by five cents from 50 cents to 55 cents. • Each additional ounce for a first-class letter will cost 15 cents, a decrease from 21 cents in 2018. […]

Oneonta to offer Heritage property at sealed-bid sale

The City of Oneonta was asked at its Tuesday business meeting to approve a request to solicit sealed bids for purchase of the Heritage Golf property, consisting of the golf course, club house, and about 200 acres of land, according to Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe. The bid contract will specify that the property is to be operated as it […]

OPD and OFD awarded $9,791 grant

Cawaco Resource, Conservation, and Development Council, recently awarded the City of Oneonta a $9,791 grant. The grant will allow for equipment and technology upgrades within the Oneonta Police Department and Oneonta Fire and Rescue. Oneonta Police Department now has eight body-worn cameras for the officers. Recordings from these cameras will provide a neutral and truthful depiction of events that officers […]

Catch ‘em while you can

The Blount County Memorial Museum has five new displays currently on loan for a limited period. One includes vintage toys. Another showcases 1930s-era china and quilts. Both were loaned by Freddie G. Massey, Delynn Gibbs, and Dawana Sue Gibbs Sutton. A Native American exhibit features artifacts, photographs, educational media, and includes information about tribes that inhabited Alabama and Blount County. […]


ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge tomorrow, Jan. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chamber office. For more information or to schedule a required appointment, phone Ken Grissom […]

Board makes quick work of short agenda

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education met Monday and the quorum of three members quickly approved the three-item agenda of recommendations from Superintendent Daniel Smith. Present were board members Ricky Hicks, Sharon Breaseale, and Patrick Adams. Board president Don Maples and member Steve Anderton were absent. The board approved: • accepting the resignation of Karen Willingham, Child Nutrition Program worker, […]

Between the Lines

The past few weeks have been dreary, weather-wise, for Blount County. I usually love rainy weather, but after what seemed like a Seattle-like climate had moved in, I was elated to wake up Saturday to see the sunshine peeking through my bedroom window. It certainly rejuvenated me and gave me a boost of energy. Although it was chilly, I was […]

Schools get A-F report card results

The Alabama State Department of Education has released the composite scores for Alabama’s 137 school districts and their 1,319 graded schools. Overall results for Alabama’s public schools improved from a C last year to a B this year. Blount County Schools as a district scored a B with a numerical score of 83 – the same grade it achieved last […]

Bulls, Broncs, and Barrels this weekend

The Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center will be filled with thrills and sheer delight this Friday and Saturday night, Jan. 11 and 12, as the winter tradition of Bulls, Broncs, and Barrels tour comes to the arena. Both nights of competition begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, Brahma bull riding, and cowgirls’ barrel racing. […]

Recipe Corner

Sin-Sational Pie

2 shortbread crusts8 oz. cream cheese, softened14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk1 8 oz. Cool Whip¼ cup butter7-oz. bag shredded coconut1 cup chopped pecans12-oz. jar caramel sauce Beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in Cool Whip. Divide evenly into the two shortbread crusts. Melt butter in skillet, add coconut and pecans and toast until golden brown. Cover the tops […]