Panthers pound Patriots


The Cleveland Panthers hit the road last week for a regional matchup with the West End Patriots. The Patriots came out ready to play, scoring on their opening drive. But the Panthers answered quickly, and they never let up. Strong on both sides of the ball, the Panthers racked up 437 yards and six touchdowns and only gave up 235 […]

Routine business, packed house

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission met Monday for its scheduled monthly business meeting. The commission board room was at capacity mostly to hear from guest speakers Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon and Clarence Muhammad, a community activist from Birmingham, who addressed the commission regarding Dean Calvert’s conduct (see article on A1) and asked for his resignation. Following the guest speakers, three […]

Five-year capital plan approved


In a special called meeting Monday afternoon, the Oneonta City Board of Education approved the system’s fiscal year capital plan. The five-year plan has to be approved and submitted to the state board of education by Sept. 30 each year. Superintendent Daniel Smith stated that some of the capital projects listed on the plan are currently under way, such as […]

Potential budget, project highlights

Oneonta City Council

The 2021 budget was the central focus of the Oneonta City Council meeting on Sept. 8. Once new business was approved, the council broke into a work session in which talks of the new budget took place. Allie Allcorn, city administrator, presented the city’s budget worksheet and reviewed notable line items and explained how funds were allocated from local taxes […]

Death of O’ So Good BBQ owner from COVID-19 stuns family and friends

On Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, my husband, Oscar Bothwell, was taken to the hospital by Blount EMS suffering from symptoms caused by COVID-19. I was sure in my heart that he would be coming back home to me because he was a healthy man with no underlying conditions. Most days you’d find him outside gardening, cooking, or patronizing in town. […]

Fire departments across the county receive grants


Last month, several fire departments throughout the county were awarded nearly $1 million dollars in grant money to help them better serve their local communities. Recipients of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards were Oneonta Fire and Rescue, Rosa Fire Department, St. Mountain Fire Department, and West Blount Fire Department – Hayden. Established in 2001, the Assistance to […]

Board approves budget, salutes employees

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education’s meeting last Thursday had a special start as the board passed a resolution thanking and honoring all employees of the Blount County School system. It’s no secret that beginning the school year amid a pandemic poses a challenge, so the BOE extended this token of appreciation for all of the extra efforts needed in […]

Battling an Epidemic (and Beyond)

Part Three

Today’s installment in our continuing series on the drug epidemic will explore two residential treatment options for women located in Blount County. Alabama Adult & Teen Challenge, which encompasses Warrior Women’s Center in Hayden, and HER Recovery specialize in helping women understand how to overcome their dependence and start back on the road to living a fulfilling drug-free life. Warrior […]

Covered Bridge Players move to The Neely Theatre


On Saturday night, The Neely Theatre marquee once again lit the streets of downtown Oneonta as the Covered Bridge Players celebrated the opening of its next chapter. Just a few weeks ago, the group announced the partnership with The Neely School of Music giving the group a new place to showcase the multitude of talent in Blount County and surrounding […]

DAR promotes Constitution through national celebrations


Tomorrow, Sept. 17, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of the country’s least known official observances. The U.S. Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people, stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their […]