2019-08-28 E-Edition

Miss Covered Bridge

The Miss Covered Bridge, Miss Covered Bridge Outstanding Teen, and Miss Blount County Outstanding Teen competition was held Sunday at J.B. Pennington High School. This year’s Miss Covered Bridge and winner of a $500 scholarship is Caroline Whatley of Mobile.She is currently a student at the University of South Alabama. Her social impact initiative is PASSAGE USA, which stands for […]

BBQ and bluegrass

Looking for some pickin’ and grinnin’ for adults or some bouncin’ and water slidin’ for kids? How about some good BBQ for everyone? If any or all of that sounds like fun, then the town park in Cleveland would be a good travel destination Monday, Sept. 2. That is the site of the town’s annual Labor Day BBQ and Bluegrass […]

‘Just breathe’

“The first month was very overwhelming, but ‘just breathe’ is my motto,” said Oneonta City Clerk Amanda Stanfield as she pointed to the plaque behind her desk bearing the words. “I am very thankful and grateful. It’s not easy. There are a lot of different factors and the first month I was very overwhelmed, but now they [co-workers] are like […]

Two nights, two chases, one arrest

On Friday, Aug. 23, Snead Police Department was conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of County Highway 36 and Wynnville Road. As a motorcycle approached the checkpoint, officers noticed the rider make an abrupt U-turn. Officers attempted to stop the motorcycle, but the driver refused to stop for pursuing emergency vehicles headed south on Ala 75. Oneonta Police joined […]

Marriage licenses replaced by marriage certificates

Marriage licenses will be replaced by marriage certificates in Alabama beginning Thursday, Aug. 29. Some things remain the same following the change, but there’s one big difference: a civil or religious marriage ceremony is no longer required for the marriage to be legal and for a certified state record of it to exist. The new state law governing marriage does […]


BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will launch a seven-part series called Building Blocks of Our Community at its monthly luncheon today, Aug. 28, from noon until 1 p.m., at Heritage Golf Clubhouse. Greg Brown, St. Vincent’s Blount hospital administrator, will share information about health care progress in the county. Each event will examine a different topic that is […]

Readers Write

In the News Brief (Aug 14) there was mention of a 100-year-old home in the Blow Gourd community between Locust Fork and Cleveland and a request for information about a gourd being used to call the proprietor of a store located there. I do not portend to offer myself as an expert on the subject, but I just turned 81 […]

Readers Write

“A gathering of Democrats is more sweaty, disorderly, offhand, and rowdy than a gathering of Republicans; it is also likely to be more cheerful, imaginative, tolerant of dissent, and skillful at the game of give-and-take.” Clinton Rossiter in Parties and Politics in America The annual gathering of the Blount County Democratic Club was held on Friday, Aug. 16, at the […]

Roger’s Ramblings

“No words.” That statement was how Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey began her opening remarks in a recent trial about the sex trafficking and sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl by a 47-year-old man. Casey was right. There are no words that could adequately describe the offense. No words to explain the betrayal of a child. No words to […]