Blount County man sentenced for the murder of his parents

Leo Santiago Chavez received two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years for the capital murder of his mother and father and abuse of their corpses. He was convicted of three counts of capital murder for the deaths of Adalberta Chavez Ruis and Ricardo Santiago Gonzalez as well as two counts of abuse of a corpse and theft of property on […]

2021-01-20 E-Edition

County basketball tourney concludes tomorrow

The Hayden Wildcats will appear in all three county championship games tomorrow night. In JV boys action, No. 1 seed Hayden faces J.B. Pennington at 3 p.m. at J.B. Pennington. The varsity girls championship will be determined between No. 1 Susan Moore and Hayden at 5 p.m. at Cleveland. The varsity boys championship pits No. 1 Hayden against No. 2 […]

‘Looking toward the future’

The ending of this month’s Blount County Commission meeting came as a shock to attendees when Commission Chairman and Probate Judge Chris Green announced his plans to retire from public service at the end of April. Green stepped into public service Jan. 8, 2001, and has served continuously for 20 years. The first 10 of those years were served as […]

Mayola parole hearing tomorrow

For many Blount Countians, the mention of the name Michael Anthony Mayola takes them back to the hot August days of 1962 and a crime that shattered the innocence of a small, rural Alabama town. The people of Oneonta knew him as George Workman, the barber, who had moved to town some 16 months earlier. As the events of that […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DHR foster parent classes begin tomorrow, Jan. 21. Phone 205-274-5200 with questions or to register. CITY OF ONEONTA Help us design an official City of Oneonta flag. Submit designs along with name, age, address, and phone number by Feb. 1 to Avoid using photography, neon or unnatural colors, and business or personal names. Winner will receive a […]


I. HATE. COVID. Since March, we’ve reported the facts provided by the CDC, ADPH, doctors, nurses… We’ve shared their warnings, their guidelines, their experiences, the horrors of what they’ve seen. We’ve shared the trials and tribulations of educators as they navigate through uncharted waters each and every day. Never could they have imagined the job they loved would leave them […]

Out and About

A walk in the woods

Thank goodness 2020 is gone! I welcomed 2020 with a champagne toast and expectations it would be a very good year. I anticipated it to be an “I can see clearly now the rain is gone” year. You know… 20/20 vision… 2020 year. I wanted it to be a bigger and better year. BUT, boy was I wrong. It may […]

The plague of disinformation

Computers, cell phones, tablets, and other devices have provided us the ability to not only communicate with our friends and family, but others across the globe. They’ve become our encyclopedia, thesaurus, weather hub, and social gathering site. Literally, anything you wish to know can be found in a matter of seconds. This has been both an asset and detriment to […]

Rodent free is the way to be

County Agent’s Corner

With a new year comes new resolutions. This year, make it a priority to keep a rodent-free home. Aside from causing a fright, rats and other rodents can spread disease, destroy property, or even bite. By understanding the species and following these simple steps, people can help avoid having these unwanted little visitors in their homes. Bence Carter, Alabama Extension […]