2019-08-07 E-Edition

‘It’s about the children’

This year’s Midsummer Night’s Run and Family Event, slated for Saturday, Aug. 10, will once again be raising money for the Oneonta and Blount County education foundations. Families from all over the county can enjoy a time of fellowship and friendly competition, all while helping out both school systems. This fun-filled night, presented by HomeTown Bank of Alabama, will offer […]

New intersection may be in service by the new year

Cleveland roundabout

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) roundabout project at the Ala 79/ Ala 160 intersection in Cleveland is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019, according to ALDOT Oneonta district engineer Russell Taylor. But that’s not a money-back guarantee, he said, in words to that effect. The joker in the deck is the weather, and the weather is not […]

Box wins 2019 Alabama Spirit of APS Award

Joyce Box of Nectar has been awarded the 2019 Alabama Spirit of Adult Protective Services (APS) Award by The Alabama Department of Human Resources.This award is presented annually to a frontline worker who is able to implement their own creative and innovative ideas to provide better services for the disabled and elderly population. Box said about receiving the award, “It […]

Board prepares for opening day of school

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations in its Monday meeting as the district prepares for the opening day of the 2019-2020 school year tomorrow, Aug. 8. Green also announced the tentative schedule for the next three board meetings. Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m., is a special meeting called primarily to approve late hires […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, Aug. 10: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self. Register at flfr.org. NECTAR FIRE DEPARTMENT will host a community meeting Monday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., at Nectar Town Hall, to discuss building a […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Recursion by Blake Crouch Memory is the ability to encode, store, retain, and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain. We can almost feel the sand between our toes and smell the salty breeze when we think back to our beach vacation. We remember our grandmother’s kitchen and can almost taste those chicken and dumplings. Memory is […]

Gary Palmer meets, greets, presents flags

Big week for politics

U. S. 6th District Rep. Gary Palmer, his staff, and about 100 Oneonta citizens christened the Wallace State Oneonta Community College lobby as a venue for civic events Monday morning. The event, styled a ‘meet and greet’, was intended mainly to give constituents a chance to ask questions, offer their opinions on matters of the day, or just chat informally […]

Rotary Club scholarships

Each year the Oneonta Rotary Club awards its Kurt K. Larsen “Service Above Self” Scholarship to students in Oneonta or Blount County schools who demonstrate a commitment of service to their community. This year, the club was able to award two $2,000 scholarships. Recipients Courtney Kramer and Tara Randolph truly embody the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” Kramer is […]

Recipe Corner

Shrimp & Grits 2 cups chicken broth2 cups milk6 Tbsp. butter1 tsp. salt½ tsp. pepper¾ cup old fashioned grits1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled1 Tbsp. hot sauce2 tsp. blackening seasoning8 strips of bacon3 garlic cloves, minced4 green onions, chopped Combine chicken broth, milk, butter, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk […]