2021-05-05 E-Edition

State champions

Blount County was represented well at last weekend’s 96th AHSAA State Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Qualifying athletes from Oneonta and Hayden headed south for the 4A, 5A, 6A, and 7A competition held at Gulf Shores Sports Complex while qualifiers from Appalachian, Cleveland, J.B. Pennington, Locust Fork, Southeastern, and Susan Moore competed at Cullman’s Oliver Woodard Stadium. The boys’ teams […]

Doug Sharp

Citizen of the Year

Every county has their own small-town heroes. Blount County is no different. The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce recently named Douglas “Doug” Sharp Blount County’s 2020 Citizen of the Year after receiving nominations from several residents. A man with many stories, some truly unbelievable, he could write a novel of his life and his wisdoms. He is a father, a grandfather, […]

Volunteer of the Year

This year’s recipient of the Charles Carr Award for Blount County-Oneonta Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year is Sondra Horsley of Remlap. Horsley, who has worked tirelessly with the Blount County Literacy Council for several years, is involved in several tutoring and training opportunities within the program. She is also instrumental in providing reading intervention services for the most fragile participants […]


NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER RALLY is tomorrow, May 6, at noon, on the Blount County Courthouse steps. Lunch will be provided immediately following the rally in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church. The rally will move to First Baptist Church is case of inclement weather. The 2021 theme is “Love, Life, and Liberty in America.” FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger by Kim DeLozier and Carolyn Jourdan Imagine you are standing in the Great Smoky Mountains. You see a frightened deer bound out of the woods into a clearing. Seconds later you see just exactly why the terrified deer is running for its life as a black bear clears the tree, […]

Mother’s Day

by Robert G. Wilkerson, D-Mindrbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net From the ghetto to the White House, Mother’s Day is an important occasion. On Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to the best-loved person in the world. When we start thinking about mothers and why we love them so, many reasons come to mind. Mother was the first person to love us. She loved us even […]

Recipe Corner

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cheryl wanted me to be festive this week with this spicy-sweet Mexican party dip recipe. Enjoy! -Jenna Wood 5-Minute Strawberry Chipotle Cream Cheese Dip 8 oz. cream cheese, softened½ cup strawberry jam1 or 2 chipotle peppers in adobo3 Tbsp. water Blend the strawberry jam with the chipotle pepper and water. Place the cream cheese on a […]

Former Snead mayor arrested

On Friday, April 30, former Snead mayor and owner of Snead Funeral Home, Delmas La’Shone Price, was arrested by the Oneonta Police Department. According to the police report, Price was pulled over by OPD at the Oneonta Worship Center, but had previously been in the Sand Valley community. Officers found Price to be in possession of a concealed weapon, dangerous […]

New LED lighting approved

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council met April 27 for their regular work session and meeting. In previous meetings, council member Lee Alexander discussed the benefits of updating the city’s street lights to LED, which will not only be more energy efficient and save the city money, but also brighter. Alexander was happy to finally have the opportunity to make a motion […]