2021-01-27 E-Edition

Recycling options available in Oneonta

Are those Amazon boxes getting in your way? Are junk mail and envelopes collecting dust on your kitchen counter? And what about those aluminum cans resting quietly in garbage bags in the corner of your garage? Good news! You can rid your home of those annoying items and help keep the environment clean in the process. Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips […]

Blount County man sentenced for murder of 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 […]

Merit Board reviewing termination of Cleveland Town Hall employee

The Blount County Merit Board convened Friday, Jan. 22, to hear the case of Alissa Haynes, who was terminated from her office position at the Town of Cleveland in December. Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones and council members James Sullivan and Douglas Hill testified during the lengthy hearing as did town employees Michele Sanders, Michele Hicks, and Steve Pass. Lance Bell, […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The 2021 Friend of the River Scholarship will be awarded in May. Blount County high school seniors graduating in 2021 (private school, public high school, or homeschool) may apply by Friday, Jan. 29, to participate as a FLFR youth volunteer and qualify for the $1,000 scholarship. Email Ellen Luce at ellen@flfral.com if interested. Planting […]

Oneonta: a great place to live

Are you tired of living where you do? Tired of the traffic problems, tired of long lines, tired of rude people, tired of crime? You may need to move to a better place; a place where life is less stressful and more enjoyable. Oneonta in Blount County is one of those places and I highly recommend it. There are many […]

Naturally gifted

Exactly two weeks ago after a night of freezing fog, Blount County awoke to a dazzling display. Each twig, leaf, and blade of grass was encased in sparkling ice crystals that threw every detail of the landscape into high relief. We couldn’t help but step back and admire the beauty. Even the Washington Post published a picture taken on the […]

Exposing popular food safety myths

County Agent’s Corner

When people think of myths, they think of creatures such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. However, there are several myths that may be living right in the home kitchen. Over the years, many myths surrounding food safety have been adopted as facts. While there may be debates on whether Bigfoot and Nessie are real, Alabama Extension professionals are […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Taquitos 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil1/2 onion, finely chopped1 tsp. garlic powder1 tsp. ground cumin1 tsp. chili powder2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken2/3 cup red enchilada sauceFor taquito shells:2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded2 cups Monterey jack cheese,shredded Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. […]

Mayola remains behind bars

On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles denied parole for convicted murderer Michael Anthony Mayola. Mayola was convicted for the 1962 kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Larry Wayne Thomas. Mayola approached Thomas and a friend at a Midfield baseball field. Mayola chose to let the friend go before driving Thomas back to his Highland Lake shack. […]