Two new businesses in Blountsville


Blountsville officials celebrated two more new businesses as 2020 winds down. Ribbon cuttings at Triple A Creations (above) and Nanna N Pappa’s This N That (below) mark the fourth and fifth celebrations in the town of Blountsville since Nov. 16. Triple A Creations Owner Hailey Hawkins opened her shop in the heart of downtown right next to the Blountsville Pharmacy. […]

Blount EMS rolls out new ambulance unit, deals with surge in calls


Blount EMS is the proud owner of a new ambulance unit (above) bringing its fleet total to 11 units. The new unit is equipped with the state’s required equipment necessary to provide life saving care, but Blount EMS Director Weslie Powell said some of his units are fitted with added equipment, such as ventilators, that can really make a difference […]

Reflecting on 2020


As 2020 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on what has happened during this long, arduous year. The year began as most do; families joined around their tables to celebrate the New Year with a spread of peas, greens, and pork — all Southern traditions to bring in a new year full of good luck and prosperity — […]

Finding contentment in the chaos


My knee jerk reaction to the end of 2020 is good riddance to this dumpster fire of a year. But when I actually reflect on it, I may have to rethink. I am an introvert, but I manage it well and just roll with it, whatever is happening. Waaaay back in March when it was suggested that we quarantine and […]

I leave you with this…


The year of 2020 will go down in history like no other. I could write a book on the harsh realities of the topic, but no one really wants to hash and rehash 2020 and COVID-19. So, I will leave you with this. It just seems more appropriate to leave 2020 with something lighthearted and fun. I am 55 years […]

Students showcase talent


Using pencil, pen and ink, watercolors, acrylics, oils, photography, mixed media, collage, and computers, county students were recently invited to share their artistic talents with Blount County through an art competition presented by the Blount County Education Foundation. The goal of the competition was to recognize and showcase talented students throughout the county. And, no surprise, students did not disappoint. […]

All-State football


Last week, the Alabama Sports Writers Association announced its 2020 All- State football teams. The team is selected through nominations from statewide coaches and voted on by members of the ASWA prep committee, which also selects a Coach of the Year in each classification. Carson Rickels’ record-breaking season for the Hayden Wildcats earned him Class 5A First Team All-State honors. […]

Council commits to park and rec redevelopment

City of Oneonta

After several work sessions and public meetings discussing redevelopment of the city’s current parks and recreation facilities, Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips and members of the Oneonta City Council voted to move forward with the proposed $10-million project at its Dec. 22 meeting. In a unanimous vote, the council gave Mayor Phillips authorization to enter into a bond issuance with Frazier […]

Goodbye 2020


I think we can all agree that 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year ever. Everyone has their list of things gone wrong this year. My list includes many things, but I only have space to list a few. Most recently I went through a health scare which required several tests and trips to several specialists. It caused me much […]

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