2021-04-21 E-Edition

Baseball playoffs begin this weekend

As the regular season of high school baseball comes to an end this week, the weekend marks the start of a new season for many of Blount County’s baseball teams as they hit the diamond for the first series in the opening round of the 2021 Alabama State Playoffs. The road to Montgomery starts Friday for Appalachian, Hayden, Oneonta, J.B. […]

Blountsville first graders meet Lucy


Excited first graders filed into the Blountsville Elementary School cafeteria/ auditorium on Friday morning to hear a story. This wasn’t just any story or any person reading; it was Lucy Meets a Logger by Stephanie Fuller, and the person reading the book was none other than Sen. Clay Scofield (AL-9). Scofield introduced himself to the students and read the riveting […]

Oneonta Career Center


Excitement was in the air as with any ribbon cutting; however, the opening of the Oneonta Career Center last Thursday was especially exciting. Located in the Wallace State Technical Facility at 728 Second Avenue East, the Oneonta Career Center will provide much-needed services for both local businesses seeking qualified workers and individuals searching for employment. The opening of this facility […]

News Briefs

MASTER GARDENER ANNUAL PLANT SALE will be Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blount County Agribusiness Center. Annuals, shrubs, perennials, and vegetable transplants will be available. All proceeds will benefit local projects. DEA NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY is Saturday, April 24. Unused and expired prescription medication may be taken to Alaco Pharmacy (27550 […]

Between the Lines

Do you feel that? It feels like a little bit of normalcy has started to bloom this spring. With a return to some semblance of life before COVID, I hope you are like me and emerge with a greater sense of appreciation for the small things. While I still wear my mask and don’t think we are fully in the […]

Preconditioning systems and management practices for beef calves – part 2

County Agent’s Corner

A good nutritional program supports the growth and performance of calves during the preconditioning period. During this time, calves undergo the transition from a forage and milk-based diet to a forage and concentrate-based diet. Training calves to use a feed bunk or watering trough should also be accomplished during the preconditioning period. Training can be accelerated by placing feed bunks […]

Board explores central office relocation

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education held a special meeting last Friday to discuss two key issues centered on the system’s current and future COVID-19 protocol and a memorandum of understanding from the Blount County Commission regarding the relocation of the Blount County BOE central office to the Frank Green Building located at 415 Fifth Avenue East in Oneonta. A […]

OCS receives nutrition grant for kitchen equipment


Outdated and non-working kitchen equipment will soon be replaced at Oneonta City Schools thanks to a $35,000 Vulcan Equipment grant awarded by the School Nutrition Foundation. Funds will be a great asset for the 11-member kitchen staff who feed more than 1,400 students each day. Currently the school kitchen has 40-year-old ovens that are so outdated that replacement parts are […]

Recipe Corner

This is a great appetizer or even served as a side dish. I use zucchini and yellow squash to make it more colorful. I can’t wait for both to be in season! The farmers market will be opening soon… -Jenna Wood Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites 4 oz. cream cheese, softened2/3 c. shredded mozzarella½ c. shredded Parmesan½ c. canned artichoke hearts,drained […]