2020-01-22 E-Edition

Oneonta council discusses downtown development


Downtown development was the topic of discussion during a work session following the last regularly scheduled meeting of the Oneonta City Council. City manager Ed Lowe laid out his ideas and plans for downtown and the community at large during the session which lasted a couple of hours. Lowe brought architectural renderings, maps, and pictures of projects which could help […]

Unity attained


It may have been fleeting. It may not survive the slings and arrows of outrageous rough and tumble reality. But unity was achieved for precious moments among a group of about 150 citizens during the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration Monday at The Little Brick Church. The apex came at the end as Mitch Kelley crooned an inspirational solo […]

Cleveland park


During the regular monthly meeting Jan. 9, Mayor Jerry Jones informed the Cleveland Town Council of progress being made in the new park, which includes planting trees and maintenance around the pond. They are also working on more access and additional parking. Jones discussed the possibility of a fishing day for kids in April and said he will be looking […]

Helping the community


Brothers Jacob and Isaac Buettner of Hayden have started Hayden’s Free Food Pantry. Isaac gives Jacob credit for the idea; however, they are both passionate about finding ways to help others and encourage others to do the same if they can. Recently, they were able to tag along with their uncle and his friend to pass out items to homeless […]

Maintenance man charged with rape


According to court records, on Jan. 10, Kip David Ferrell, 52, a maintenance man at McCay’s Landing, was booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility under a $60,000 bond for the rape of a 72-year-old resident who has been diagnosed with dementia and memory dysfunction. Evidence provided in the case indicated the victim is believed to be incapacitated. The alleged […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY tomorrow, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects. Bring your own or come learn to crochet. New members welcome. Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will be at the library to teach kids important life lessons through stories, fun activities, and songs. Monday, Jan. 27, 1:30 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts for […]

Blount County Historical Society


The Blount County Historical Society will meet Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Guest speaker will be Julie Burks from the Cullman County Museum. She will discuss her research of the Brindley family and her work to have the family’s cemetery included in the Alabama Historical Commission’s Cemetery program. Genealogy Classes Blount County Museum […]

Recovery nearly complete from Wallace State cyber attack


Wallace State Community College was the victim of a cyber attack in early January, resulting in a delay of the spring semester starting date from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8. The two-day delay was used to restore most student, campus, and operational services, according to a statement from the college external affairs office. “We are continuing to work through the […]

Continue to improve rural Alabama


This is the fifth in a series of reports from Shedd on issues he is focusing on in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. My legislative district is rural, therefore my voice in the Legislature is for rural issues. We’ve had significant success for rural Alabama in the Legislature in recent years, primarily because of a focus led by the Rural […]


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