Hayden advances to area championship

The No. 2-seed Hayden varsity boys defeated the No. 3-seed Corner Yellow Jackets 72-56 in the opening round of the Class 5A Area 12 Tournament Thursday night. Hayden led 17-12 after the first period, but Corner took a 28-25 advantage into intermission. The Wildcats took control early in the third quarter when Blount County MVP Collin Chappell hit three 3 […]

2021-02-10 E-Edition

Between the Lines

Every person I see in a day has a story. They have a history that has brought their journey to the very spot I encountered them on any given day. Their heritage, wherever it began, has translated into a personal experience that extends generations. No matter your origins, no matter your current course, no matter your personal story, I celebrate […]

Game on

Its been nearly 11 months since fields, tracks, courts, and courses went silent as state officials shut down schools, ending seasons just as they had gotten started. Coaches and athletes have now navigated through the ups and downs of fall and winter sports with COVID and hopes are high for spring athletes who have been waiting for their time to […]

Our story

Everyone has a story to tell. Our stories make us who we are and our stories connect us. They create community and help us find our way through life together. Peter Forbes, co-founder of the Center for Whole Communities said, “Stories help us imagine the future differently. Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, […]

‘Racism looks much different than what you might think’

Betty A. Davis (at right with son Kendrick) was born in Birmingham and has lived all over the South. In 2017, she moved to Blount County. She is a single mom to Kendrick Mayes. Racism, it looks much different than what you might think.Sometimes it can be the in-your-face kind – like people screaming from rooftops armed with assault rifles […]


ONEONTA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION ends Friday, Feb. 12. Register through the website (oneontaal.recdesk.com).Please phone 205-625-3534 with any questions. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, Feb 13. See locations, times, and leaders at www.flfr.org. 2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Drayer Physical Therapy through Feb. 15. Locust Fork Baptist Church […]

Reader Writes

Hello, my name is Kayleigh Jennings. I am a senior at Oneonta High School. I have been attending OHS since kindergarten. There is a lot to like about my school and there is even more to hate. One thing, dress code. For one, I personally believe the dress code stems from rape culture. And, for those who aren’t familiar with […]

ADPH issues scam alert

Late last week, the Alabama Department of Public Health issued the warning of a possible scam surrounding ADPH employees coming to a person’s home to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. According to the alert, ADHP has received reports of persons identifying themselves as public health nurses that will come to your home to administer the vaccine. ADPH wants everyone to know that […]

County schools COVID outlook

Blount Countians all had high hopes for the new year, especially regarding COVID-19. As most of us perused social media and talked with friends and family, the health and wellness of our county’s children remained top priority as school officials were preparing for their return to school. Either remotely or in-person, everyone knew that Blount County and Oneonta City schools […]