2019-05-01 E-Edition

New academic center ready for summer classes, starting May 22


The long-awaited Wallace State Community College academic building is officially complete and ready for classes. The grand opening for summer classes was celebrated Monday with a ribbon cutting and open house at the facility. Shown in the gap between the ends of the freshly cut ribbon are three of the prime movers out of a cast of at least a […]

A spa it’s not, but after 55 years, it’s better now

Blount County Jail

The Blount County Correctional Facility – the jail – is now nearly two-thirds of the way through a two-year program of comprehensive repair and refurbishing, with Blount County Commission participation, that began mid-last year and should reach completion in early to mid-2020, according to jail administrator Capt. Ron Adkins. This is the most thorough and systematic refurbishment it’s had, although […]

City sells property


In its latest meeting, the Oneonta City Council voted unanimously to sell the Heritage Green golf course and Twin Oaks club property to present lessee Jimmy Hamby. The council had accepted Hamby’s bid on the property in February. That bid had proposed a lease-to-purchase arrangement with a monthly $25,000 lease extending up to one year and a negotiated purchase price […]

Stomping out child abuse

On Friday, April 26, more than 75 members of the Blount County community took part in the fifth annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk organized by Blount County Department of Human Resources. The number of child abuse cases continues to increase each year and this walk is just one way to raise awareness of the urgency to protect the county’s most […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

CLEVELAND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION continues through today, May 1, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Visit clevelandel.com for a list of needed documents. SPRING CLEAN DAY The City of Oneonta, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Oneonta Business Association, and the Oneonta Beautification Board are joining forces for a day of sprucing up downtown. On Saturday, May 4, meet at the […]

What Ricky’s Reading


The Martian by Andy Weir Man versus the elements – we are enamored by those stories. Humans have proven, in both fact and fiction, that we are survivors. We can make fire, build shelter, and hunt or grow our own food. But what happens when someone has to survive away from the comforts of this miraculous planet we call Earth? […]

4-Hers take home the bacon

County Agent’s Corner

The Blount County 4-H Pig Squeal Show and Auction was held on April 20. These young men took possession of their market hogs in early January and have been working with these hogs since that time. It is their responsibility to make sure the animals have access to food, clean water, and appropriate, clean living space. In order to be […]

Recipe Corner

Angel Biscuits 1 package dry yeast (dissolve in 5Tbsp warm water)5 cups all-purpose flour5 tsp baking powder¼ tsp baking soda½ tsp salt2 Tbsp sugar1 cup shortening2 cups buttermilk Set dissolved yeast aside. Sift together dry ingredients then cut shortening in. Add buttermilk and yeast mixture. Stir by hand until somewhat sticky. Put on a floured surface, roll out, and cut […]

Cleveland attends national conference

Johnny Cleveland, owner of Locust Fork Pharmacy and Argo Pharmacy, joined more than 200 pharmacists from 15 states at the 34th annual meeting of the American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc., in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is designed to equip independent pharmacists with the professional education and tools they need to better serve their patients. A graduate of Susan Moore High School, […]


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