The Lake grand opening

The Lake, a new wedding and special event venue, celebrated their grand opening with an open house Sunday. The facility is located at 280 Blakely Lake Drive about eight miles south of downtown Oneonta. The property has been in the Blakely family for more than 50 years. Bruce and Janice Blakely just acquired it a few years ago. Janice said, […]

Board authorizes special bond issue for school improvements

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education Thursday adopted a resolution to authorize the issuance and sale of the Board’s Special Tax School Warrants, Series 2019. The 20-year issue, at an interest rate of 2.63 percent, is expected to produce $7.9 million, with just over $4 million net to the school system to use for capital projects. The purpose of the […]

Veterans parade this weekend


Operation Grateful Heart Blount County continues to make plans for the upcoming 2019 Blount County Veterans Parade, which will take place on Oneonta’s streets this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. There is still time to enter as a participant, but the registration form must be turned in by Thursday. Veterans and military groups are encouraged to enter, as are churches, […]

Board approves routine items

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education met in regular session Monday with a quorum of three of its five members present: Patrick Adams, Sharon Breaseale, and Ricky Hicks. Board president Don Maples and member Steve Anderton were absent. The board approved monthly financial reports, along with Superintendent Daniel Smith’s operating recommendations for the period. It approved: Students • the continued […]

Amaryllis awards


On Wednesday, Oct. 16, members of Blount County’s Amaryllis Garden Club attended the District II Fall Garden Club meeting held at the DeSoto Country Club in Fort Payne. The Amaryllis Garden Club came away as the winner of the fall tablescape event while there. As a result, a scholarship will be awarded in the name of the club to Auburn […]

Coed Clash


CrossFit Oneonta, which has served the community for more than seven years, and is Blount County’s only CrossFit affiliate, will host its first competition, the Coed Clash, beginning at 8 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 2. CrossFit Oneonta owner and head coach Adam Vinson described the Coed Clash as “a competition featuring male and female teams of two, working together to […]

What? Brown cotton?


When you picture cotton fields, you usually picture a field with white bolls of cotton fiber spilling out of its plant. Although white cotton is primarily grown, there are such things as naturally colored cotton. Oneonta’s Tommy Wilson decided earlier this year to dabble in the world of growing cotton on a much smaller scale than most. It all began […]

Syble Blackwood

SYBLE BLACKWOOD, Locust Fork, passed away at the age of 84 at the Compassus Hospice Care facility in Irondale. Syble was a charter member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. Mrs. Blackwood was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Floyd “Slick” Blackwood; parents Avis Self and Luella Holt Self; brothers Loyd Self and Dwight Self, all of Locust Fork. Survivors […]

Catherine ‘Cathey’ Patricia Montey Hayes

CATHERINE ‘CATHEY’ PATRICIA MONTEY HAYES, 70, Oneonta, died Oct. 23, 2019. Justine Bates and Ruby Blackwood Wimpee officiated the 3 p.m. service held Oct. 25 at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home. Burial followed at Tidwell Cemetery.

Myrtle Faye Brown Hogeland

MYRTLE FAYE BROWN HOGELAND, 77, Blountsville, died Oct. 23, 2019. The family received friends on Friday, Oct. 25, at Blount County Cleveland Funeral Home.


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