2021-06-02 E-Edition

Locust Fork wins Scholars Bowl tourney

The competition was strong at this year’s Blount County Scholars Bowl Tournament held April 20 and 21 at CrossRoads Baptist Church in Hayden. Winning the most matches and coming out on top was Locust Fork who was crowned Blount County Scholars Bowl Champion. Senior Emileigh Crouch scored the most points of all participants in the tournament. The team started strong […]

More than just flags

Sitting with Johnny and Wilma Box on their front porch Monday afternoon, American flags stretched from one edge of their yard to the other, up past the front porch, and all the way to road. Rows and rows and rows of flags meticulously placed. Each flag represents 1,000 fallen American soldiers. Johnny and Wilma spent 18 hours placing 1,400 flags […]

Remembering ‘Big Mike’

If you passed through Oneonta last Friday morning, you likely saw the American flag flying high atop an Oneonta fire truck. It was a beautiful site.But as beautiful as it physically was, it was displayed for a specific purpose – to honor Oneonta Fire and Rescue’s friend and colleague, Gary Michael Moore, who passed away May 24. Better known as […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start native plant seedlings Fridays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the FLFR Restoration Nursery on Taylor Ford Road. Email Jennah at jennah@flfral.com to participate. Landscaping at the Grand Staircase Saturday, June 5, beginning at 8 a.m. Register at www.flfr.org. Banners displaying 2020 Art and Photo […]

Zach Smith

Zach Smith’s photo was omitted from the graduation issue last week. Smith graduated from Susan Moore High School and will attend Auburn University, He earned Coca-Cola First Generation, Ever to Conquer, Together We Will, and College Counts scholarships totaling $48,000.

FLFR Art and Photo Contest

Take out your cell phone, dust off that old Polaroid, and start taking pictures, or tap into your creative soul and produce an art masterpiece. The 2021 Friends of the Locust Fork River Art and Photo Contest is underway and is an excellent way to show off those “Awesome by Nature” photos or artwork pieces. Twelve categories give photographers a […]

Dealing with a dry spell

County Agent’s Corner

Q. It has been extremely dry for quite some time in many areas of Central Alabama. We get an occasional hit and miss shower, but nothing substantial. Will the plants in most landscapes survive this extended dry spell without supplemental watering? A. Yes, it has been (and unfortunately continues to be) rather dry, so I am not surprised that your […]

Grant to purchase new playground equipment

City of Oneonta

Last week Mayor Richard Phillips announced the City of Oneonta was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. The grant will be used toward the purchase of new playground equipment at Woodland Park. Construction of a new culvert on Armory Drive should begin soon. The council accepted CB&A Construction’s $170,785 bid for the replacement of the […]

Recipe Corner

This is a great dessert to make with the fresh strawberries that are in season right now. You can garnish the top with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, or you can mix some strawberries with store-bought strawberry glaze to put on top. -Jenna Wood Strawberry Pie 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip1 cup powdered sugar½ tsp. […]