2019-12-18 E-Edition

Lights, lights, and more Christmas lights

In the midst of this holiday season, Christmas lights are everywhere. Whether they are at home, up and down the streets, churches, or displayed at retail businesses, their beauty radiates throughout the county for all to enjoy. One particular display, located at 1136 Kornegay Road in the Friday’s Crossing community, has been a true blessing to the many who have […]

Oneonta council makes appointments

In their first meeting of the month, the Oneonta City Council made several appointments. The council appointed Jimmy Wester from alternate to full-time zoning board of adjustments member and Jessica Cannon to the Oneonta Library Board. The council hired Chance Payne as a full-time firefighter/ medic with the Oneonta Fire Department. Payne had served as a volunteer for the department. […]

Oneonta man killed in crash

On Saturday, Dec. 14, a two-vehicle crash claimed the life of Cedric R. Polk, 51, of Oneonta. Polk was killed when the 1998 Honda Civic he was driving collided with the rear of a 1995 Ford dump truck. Polk, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. […]

Pride of Hayden in Montgomery

The award-winning Pride of Hayden Marching Band, under the direction of Jonathon Steinman, had the honor of participating in Alabama’s Bicentennial Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, in Montgomery.The Alabama Bicentennial Commission took applications and chose two bands from each congressional district. The Pride of Hayden was then selected through this process. The Pride left early Friday morning and was able to […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville, for installation of officers and a Christmas musical program. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club meets to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.New members welcome. Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.: Lego Club challenges kids to create […]

Out and About

Talking about the next generation

Many of you know about, and some of you attended, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) public meeting in Blountsville in November. ADEM allowed the public to present their concern or support for Tyson Foods’ wastewater discharge into the Locust Fork River permit renewal. No doubt Tyson will do what is spelled out in the permit, but the concerned […]

Writesman sentenced

The 72-year old Hayden man who entered guilty pleas in September to 32 sex-related crimes was sentenced last week in Blount County’s circuit court. Herbert Writesman had entered blind pleas in all his pending cases, which means there was no plea agreement between Writesman and the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, leaving sentencing at the discretion of the judge. Writesman […]

City/county officials discuss future of Agri-Business Center

Members of the Oneonta City Council and the Blount County Commission met in a joint work session last Tuesday to discuss the immediate and long-range future of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center as a county institution. Background The meeting was the culmination of several years of effort on the part of the city, county, and Agri-Business Center Board to discover […]

Recipe Corner

Cheese Straws 1 jar Old English sharp cheese1 stick butter, softened1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour¼ tsp.cayenne pepper Cream cheese with margarine. Add flour and pepper. Transfer to a cookie press and press out into flat straws. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not brown. My mom always made these for holiday parties when I was growing […]