2020-02-05 E-Edition

Metal detectors

Metal detectors were installed at the public entrances to the courthouse and Family Services Center last week and will be in use full time on an on-going basis. The units were installed as part of the long-range security plan for the two county buildings and were paid for by the state Administrative Office of Courts. They reflect the increasing incidences […]

Oneonta hoping for a ‘Home Town Takeover’

Restoring and revitalizing an old and historic home has its challenges. But what about breathing new life into an entire town in need of some TLC? Now there’s a challenge. But that’s precisely what HGTV has planned for it’s “biggest renovation project ever.” The six-episode series, “Home Town Takeover,” will feature Ben and Erin Napier, hosts of the channel’s “Home […]

Wright and Yager sentenced

According to a press release from the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, Samantha Wright, 23, and Shannon Yager, 44, have been sentenced to serve 35 years in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections upon pleading guilty to the murder of Alexis Garcia. Garcia, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in public with […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Feb. 6, 6 p.m.: Teen Chopstick Challenge in honor of National Chopsticks Day. Event features an M&M eating contest and building a Lego tower using only chopsticks. Monday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.: Joan Babcock will lead a doodling art class for adults. Some supplies will be available or you may bring your own. Contact Sharon at […]

What Ricky’s Reading

One Heart at a Time by Delilah Some people have a voice for radio. Locally we might think of “the great” Jeremy Lesley or Swap Shop’s Tim Chamblee. Some of my earliest memories of radio include riding in the truck with my dad and listening to music, the static growing as we struggled to pick up the frequency. We all […]

MLK Unity Day project spruces up The Arc

For at least the last four years, Helping Unite Blount (HUB) has brought a very practical thrust to the ceremonies relating to the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day celebration. HUB has organized volunteers to capture the spirit of unity in concrete form. This year the beneficiary was The Arc of Blount County, an agency that provides day program and […]

Annual circus returns to Oneonta

The magic of the three-ring circus will fill the air at the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center this weekend. Loomis Bros. Circus presents more than 90 minutes of fun and excitement with top circus artists, performing animals, and daredevil acts, as well as favorite circus mainstays. The new 2020 ‘Classic Circus Tour’ will include performing white Siberian and royal Bengal […]

Council approves rezoning, tax abatements

City of Oneonta

In their final meeting of the month, the Oneonta City Council approved rezoning two parcels of land from light industrial to retail, two alcohol license requests, and a tax abatement. The parcels that were rezoned are 203 Third Street South and 201 Third Street South. The two alcohol license requests came from Oneonta Quick Stop, currently under construction on Ala […]

Under new ownership

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 30 to commemorate change of ownership of the Sears HomeTown store. New owner Mike McKenzie took the reigns in December and has high hopes for the business. McKenzie knew from the beginning that he wanted to focus on customer service. He said it is extremely important to him […]