2020-07-01 E-Edition

‘Somewhere over the rainbow’

Rainbows are one of the most beautiful spectacles nature has to offer. To many, it is a symbol of hope and promise with its vibrant and beautiful colors. As Maya Angelou said, “God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us — in the dreariest and most dreaded moments — can see a possibility of hope.” This display […]

No changes as Alabama moves forward in efforts to fight COVID-19

While states across the country tighten their COVID-19 restrictions, Alabama officials have chosen to move forward with the current Safer at Home orders that have been in effect since the end of May. In a Tuesday morning press conference, Gov. Kay Ivey extended the current orders through the end of July. Despite rising numbers, Gov. Ivey continues to stress personal […]

It’s tomato time!

After months of waiting, vine-ripe Blount County tomatoes are beginning to emerge. Farmers are reporting that delicious, vine-ripened tomatoes will be plentiful within the next couple of weeks. Blount Countians are truly blessed to have such a wide range of homegrown produce right at our doorstep. In every part of the county, farms and gardens are producing fresh fruits and […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading begins today, July 1, and goes through July 31. Activities will take place online and at home. There are take-home crafts available at the library, competitions you can do at home, and virtual programs on Facebook and Discord. Stop by the library, follow us on Facebook, or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information. Library hours are: […]

Summer reading registration open

Oneonta Public Library will host their summer reading program in a slightly different format this year. Amid health and safety concerns, this year’s program will take place online and at home, but will still offer a fun and exciting opportunity to strengthen your reading skills. And who knows, you might even win an awesome prize. The summer program, “Imagine Your […]

Readers Write

I would like to commend local authorities and protest organizers for a peaceful demonstration, unlike others around the country. Since this protest centered around BLM and the murder of their most recent martyr, George Floyd, I have some questions for Ms. Heflin, Ms. Rose, fellow participants and the church which was represented during this march. BLM was founded in honor […]

Readers Write

A big thank you to Locust Fork Baptist Church for the beautiful fireworks show on June 28. My family has enjoyed this event for more than 10 years and it is always exciting. Sue Tidwell, Oneonta


Liberty And Justice For All Our Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892. Its words were changed slightly in 1923 and again in 1954, but the phrase “with liberty and justice for all” has remained since the original version. This phrase is an echo of our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. It is an inclusive […]

What Ricky’s Reading

The Phantom Prince:My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall We are fascinated by serial killers. Don’t believe me? Look at the popularity of television shows like Criminal Minds and You. We binge watch each new season and never think about the fact that there are people living in the world that take pleasure in killing other people. Do any […]