Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting, and repentance that marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is the 40-day period of preparation for Easter that traditionally involves abstaining from a luxury in order to devote time to prayer and reflection. Forty days represents Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal to the wilderness. According to The United Methodist Book […]

City votes to close large swimming pool

Citing damages from a vehicle slamming into the city’s pool, regular deficits, poor use, and calls for a children’s splash pad, Oneonta City Council members voted to fill in the city’s large pool, leaving only the children’s and slide pools available for this year’s summer activities. City manager/economic developer Ed Lowe reported pool damage from the Oct. 3 accident at […]

Two arrested, charged with trafficking

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon announced last week the arrests of two men who were allegedly part of a large-scale drug trafficking operation. On Feb. 13, Kenneth Wayne Danley, 51, and Raul Angel Mares, 36, were arrested after the execution of two federal search warrants in Cleveland. Following a long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force, the […]

DAV officers installed

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 28, which represents Blount and Cullman counties, installed its slate of new officers for the coming year. The event took place last Saturday at American Legion Post 129 in Blountsville. Pictured from left to right are: Chapter Service Officer (CSO) Robert Sanford, CSO Joe Foster, CSO Gary Clements, Chapter Commander Frank Cannon, Junior Vice Commander Larry […]


BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Classes meet Friday, March 8 (Math with Infants and Toddlers) and Wednesday, March 20 (Children Habits) at 10 a.m. at Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Phone or text Rae Ann Moore at 334-465- 0085 for more information. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will have river cleanups on Saturday, March 9: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 […]


Omission from last week’s Fall 2018 college graduates and honor students: Darby Hamm, Blountsville, was named to The University of Alabama’s Dean’s List

What Ricky’s Reading

Out of the Maze by Spencer Johnson, M.D. Years ago I picked up a book entitled Who Moved My Cheese. I read through the book in one sitting. Before you get impressed with my reading prowess, the book was only 96 pages long. Johnson’s book is an enlightening and amusing story that illustrates the vital importance of being able to […]

Recipe Corner

Spicy Pimento Cheese

Since the first recipe of my regular pimento cheese was such a hit, and since it’s the boss lady’s favorite, I was informed that I had to publish this recipe for my spicy pimento cheese. Everyone here at the office loves it even more than the original. It’s actually not hot at all; it has just the right amount of […]

Connecting two worlds, one person at a time

Six months and six countries on four continents – that is the mission trip Oneonta’s Reece Holland is a part of during 2019. With a stretching journey to serve “the least of these” while amongst real and raw community, this unique mission trip is a challenging adventure for young adults to abandon worldly possessions and a traditional lifestyle in exchange […]

Mayor clarifies senior citizen center status

Blountsville Town Council

To a standing-room-only crowd at Monday night’s town council meeting, Blountsville Mayor Michael Glass assured those present that the town has no plans to move the senior citizen center from its present location to a building the town has purchased downtown. Last year, the town bought the former Restoration Assembly of God Church on main street and is refurbishing it […]