2021-05-12 E-Edition

The Hayden Wildcats’ season-ending loss to Madison Academy in round three of the state playoffs is emotional for coach Lucas Drake. -Lena Simmons

Hayden’s season ends in round three


The Hayden Wildcats hosted No. 2 ranked Madison Academy, a private school from the Huntsville area, for round three of the AHSAA baseball playoffs last Thursday. Hayden looked to progress in the playoffs where only one other Wildcat team had ventured before. Coach Kim Hargett led the 1994 team that made the class 4A Final Four. Hayden dropped both games […]

Oneonta advances to final four


The Redskins held off Curry’s comeback bid in the second game of the best-of-three series for their third sweep of the playoffs. In the first game, Oneonta knocked in eight runs in the third inning and the Yellowjackets couldn’t catch up. Both teams scored one run in the first. Will Moye led off with a triple and Beau Ragsdale drove […]

Council approves purchase of K9


During its May 3 meeting, the Blountsville Town Council voted to purchase a K9 to help deal with drug issues in the town. Council member Ray Baxley recommended Buck, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever being cross trained for drug detection and human tracking. Initial cost will be $2,500 which does not include vet bills, food, or certification. Buck will be teamed […]

Industry of the Year


Daryl Bergquist (left) has been a leader in solar power in Blount County since moving here in 1987. He has used sun power for his personal home while dedicating his work life to clean energy. The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce recognized Bergquist and his company, Earth Steward Solar Consulting, as the 2021 Industry of the Year. The chamber recognized his […]

Mixing with Ian


Ian Evans (right) is your typical 12-year-old boy. He loves playing flag football and basketball, he plays piano, loves the performing arts, and he loves to cook. During the quarantines of COVID, Ian thought it would be fun to “mix” the cooking with the performing to see what might happen. Well, Mixing with Ian happened. Since last spring, he’s entertained […]

Emerging Business of the Year


Casey and Brittney Dutton, (right) owners of Dutton’s Seafood in Locust Fork, recently received the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business of the Year award. The Chamber recognized the Duttons’ impact and their commitment to the Blount County community and honored them with the award in April. “We are so grateful for our customers, for Blount County, and those who […]

Chamber recognizes SHP for Excellence in Community Service


The 2021 Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service was awarded to the Oneonta chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds and delivers beds to children who do not have a bed of their own. Established in 2020, the local chapter has already built 192 beds, with 127 delivered. Sleep in Heavenly Peace has a motto […]

Sen. Shelnutt reads at Hayden Primary


Sen. Shay Shelnutt read Lucy Meets a Logger to 10 first grade classes at Hayden Primary School in April. Shelnutt was joined by Stephanie Fuller, author and the Director of Workforce Development for the Forest Workforce Training Institute. There to explain the importance of the forestry industry was Cliff O’Rear, the Alabama Forestry Association’s Director of Landowner Programs. O’Rear and […]

‘Well, I know all of them’


One afternoon in small groups, Locust Fork second grade teacher Angie Armstrong asked her students, “Does anyone know where our state is located on a map?” Hands went up across the room. Then she asked, “Does anyone know where any of the other states are located?” Ryley Robertson said, “Well, I know all of them.” Armstrong pulled up a blank […]