And the rains came…

Blount County was inundated with rain over an eight-day period in mid February. It seemed as if the rain would not end. Finally last Sunday, the sun broke through the clouds and began the slow process of drying out the saturated land. Blount County EMA director Don Roybal said as of Monday their agency does not have an official rainfall […]

Fallen firefighter honored

Oneonta Fire and Rescue firefighter/paramedic Jonathan Ledbetter said, “Sometimes your heart hurts and you just don’t have words. We may all be different. Sometimes we fight between ourselves, but tonight we all came together to honor a young man and fellow firefighter. You would have been proud Brenden Pierce.”

Board handles general business

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education met Feb. 22 in special session and approved the operating recommendations of Superintendent Rodney Green. It approved: • the following contracts and agreements: Blountsville Elementary School’s agreement with Walsworth Yearbooks for 2019 yearbook publication; Cleveland High School’s contracts with Amber Chesser, Charlie Martin, and Kathy Yates to serve as judges, Cate Ann Davis to […]

Yes voters for unit system tell why

(Ed. note: Three county commissioners voted yes on the resolution to request a Blount County referendum in the 2020 general election on converting from the district system to the unit system of road maintenance. Commissioners approving the resolution were Commissioners Dean Calvert, Mike Painter, and Nick Washburn. Below, they explain why they voted as they did. Both Calvert and Painter […]


THE ARC SHOW The Arc of Central Alabama presents a cocktail party and art market on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m., at Limestone Springs. This new event celebrates the unique talents and abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds raised at the event will support the local Arc facility and the artists themselves. To purchase tickets, phone […]


Donnie Wayne Brown was found guilty on two counts of capital murder (capital murder burglary and capital murder robbery) in the 2015 death of Crystal Marie Huie. Brown is expected to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on March 5, 2019.

Roger’s Ramblings

On Feb. 14, a small newspaper in Alabama published an editorial that inflamed many and caused outrage, not only across our state, but the entire country. It also sparked many conversations. Goodloe Sutton who, until recently, was the publisher of the Democrat-Reporter in Linden, published an editorial that called for the Ku Klux Klan “to ride again.” In the editorial […]

Why fertilize the pond?

County Agent’s Corner

Most of us know someone that has a farm pond and that is a good thing if you like to fish. Local farm ponds provide us with some of our best opportunities and memories when it comes to fishing, frog-gigging, and snake shooting! Growing up, we had a couple of local ponds that we frequented, with permission. One of them […]

Recipe Corner

Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy

4 boneless pork chops 1 large can cream of mushroom soup Rice, cooked according to package instructions Place the boneless pork chops in a crock pot. Cover with the can of cream of mushroom soup. Cook on low for eight hours. Serve over rice. This recipe is so simple and so good. I can just throw it in my crock […]

Legends Sofa Bar ready for prime time

It was a cold and rainy day last Tuesday, but it was warm and cozy inside Legends Sofa Bar as patrons of the Oneonta scene gathered for the ribbon cutting at the new, classy, music lounge and cafe. Owned by Janine Bond and assisted by Peter Zahel (both holding the scissors), Legends (think music legends) is located at 106 6th […]