DAR Good Citizen winners

Warrior Rivers DAR Good Citizen winners were recently announced. The Warrior Rivers Chapter presented awards at the Jan. 24 meeting and recognition reception at Lester Memorial UMC fellowship hall. The annual event is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship and is open to all senior class students. The Good Citizen Award is given to a selected […]

Oneonta firefighter battling brain tumor

Oneonta firefighter Rex Allred began his shift on Jan. 22 just as he has since beginning his firefighting career in 2000. While on duty, he began to exhibit extreme confusion. Oneonta fire chief Kenneth Booth said they became alarmed when he displayed signs of confusion and missing pieces of information he knew. That, along with a headache that got progressively […]

Step right up

Get ready to share the magic of the circus as Loomis Bros. Circus returns to the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center this weekend. Their all new “Circus Traditions Tour” kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with performances Saturday (1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children […]

Naming the new Lions club

A small group of aspiring Lions met in an organizational session at One Way Outreach Ministries (Church) in Cleveland last week. First order of business: designate a name for the club as one of the requirements to apply for a charter. The club will serve the Locust Fork/Cleveland/ Nectar area. Last three names standing in the voting were Central Blount […]


FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENINGS Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings on Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, and 28, in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Screenings included are: lipid panel, BMI, EKG, blood pressure, ABI, and bone density. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Phone 256-735-5600 to schedule an appointment. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Author Larry A. […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo Have you ever had one of those years? Everything went wrong. Everything seemed cursed. Louisiana’s Way Home is the story of a young girl named Louisiana Elefante and the effects of a generational curse set in motion by her great-grandfather, a magician. The story opens with Louisiana writing down her story. “I am going […]

Onions anyone?

County Agent’s Corner

Mosquitoes, gnats, and no-see-ums don’t seem to bother me as much as they do other people. For example, we can be fishing up Short Creek and the mosquitoes will be eating my brother up, but don’t seem to like me. I am glad! I have attributed this anomaly to the fact that I like to eat onions. Sweet onions are […]

Recipe Corner

Dirt Pudding

1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened¼ cup butter, softened1 cup powdered sugar2 small boxes Jell-O chocolate orvanilla instant pudding mix3 1/2 cups milk8 oz. Cool Whip1 pack Oreos, crushed In a medium bowl, whisk together the two pudding mixes and the milk and sit in the refrigerator. With a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar in […]


In last week’s article “Hometown folks on TV,” Chris Whited’s high school graduation year was incorrect. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1998, not 1995.

Board names interim principal, gets news on report card results, approves capital projects

Oneonta City Board of Education

At its regular business meeting last week, the Oneonta City school board named former interim Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Tim Nabors middle school principal in the interim pending a permanent replacement for former middle school principal Brad Newton, who resigned to take another job. The board also heard a report from academic accountability coordinator Lauren Wilson on the school system’s […]