2020-07-08 E-Edition

Blount County beautiful

There is nothing prettier than sunset from Straight Mountain, especially when you can watch it over a field of beautiful sunflowers. Skylar Tolbert gets credit for this particular array of beauty. Summer is in full swing and there are lots of beautiful places to see in Blount County. Get out there and enjoy!

The end of an era

As Ron Gholson moves into the retirement chapter of his life, I feel as if it’s the end of an era. I have been here 18 years and Ron started shortly after I did. We have been through a lot over the years and have mourned the deaths of several owners/co-workers: Nelson Green, Lisa Ryan, Jim Still, Joyce Peak, Jane […]

Bear there, and there, and there

For some Oneonta residents, July 4 was not only a time of celebrating Independence Day, it also included the adventure of a juvenile bear wandering through the Azalea Hills and Eastwood subdivisions. According to Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton, Blount County 911 was contacted around noon regarding sighting of a black bear in the Eastwood community. Throughout the afternoon, there […]

Fruits of the vine

Summer has definitely arrived with a vengeance this year. However, the hot weather does have its benefits. Local farmers have a plethora of the fruits of the vine (and plants). Cantaloupes, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, a variety of peppers, okra, and tomatoes are plentiful. At the Blount County Farmer’s Market each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 11 […]


ONEONTA HOMESCHOOL DAY will be Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at The Little Brick Church. Local homeschoolers will display curriculum and have discussions about homeschooling.The event is come-and-go and there is no charge. APPRECIATION FISH FRY for Oneonta Fire Department and Oneonta Police Department will be Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at the Oneonta Fire […]

Starting fall vegetable transplants

County Agent’s Corner

This time of year is perfect for starting your fall vegetable garden transplants. Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are just a few of the vegetables typically grown in a fall garden, and they do great when planted as transplants. With spring and summer vegetable varieties, one has to protect transplants from cool temperatures, either in a greenhouse or similar structure. Additionally, […]

Between the Lines

Lately I have had an itch. No, not the summer bites from mosquitos or the allergy induced hives we learn to live with here in the South, but a deeper itch. It’s one that no amount of “scratching” relieves. I am itching for us to treat one another better. I have my beliefs, many of them deep rooted and firm. […]

Recipe Corner

Easy Tomato Salad 4 medium tomatoes, cubed1 clove garlic, crushed2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil1 medium sweet onion, sliced thin¼ cup Italian dressing Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. This salad is super easy to throw together. It’s a simple way to enjoy fresh tomatoes. -Jenna Wood

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 8, 1954

Long-time proposition No one minimizes the vast potentialities of production of electric power from nuclear energy. But all the discussion concerning it seems to have led numbers of people to believe that a miracle lies just around the corner and that the market for conventional fuels will soon be sharply reduced. It can be said unequivocally that the atomic authorities, […]