2021-06-16 E-Edition

Jr. Fire Academy

Last week 53 cadets participated in the Blount County Fire and EMS Association Jr. Fire Academy. It was the camp’s biggest year yet. Additionally, representatives from several states were on hand to observe and gather information needed to start a similar program in their home state.

Taylor pleads guilty

On Monday, 32-year-old Calvin Taylor of Oneonta pled guilty to two counts of aggravated child abuse (Class A felony) in the 2019 abuse of his 4-week-old daughter and 15-month-old son. Jury selection was set to begin in the afternoon.He was sentenced to 20 years for each child. In January 2020, doctors determined the girl had a broken femur and broken […]

Boren is Alabama Junior Champion

Oneonta’s Russell Boren III (right) teed off against some of the state’s best junior golfers earlier this month in one of Alabama’s oldest junior golf tournaments, the 50th annual Pigeon Dove Junior Championship at Musgrove Country Club in Jasper. After 36 holes, Boren had climbed the leaderboard and a birdie on the par-5 502-yard 18th hole put him in a […]


Most of us were taught that slavery came to an end when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But in reality, it took more than two years for the news to make it to the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas. For those in Galveston, freedom didn’t come until June 19, 1865. By 1866, formerly enslaved Black Texans […]


ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND will have an arts and crafts, yard sale, and direct sale fair Saturday, June 19, from 8 a.m until 2 p.m., in the Oneonta Elementary School parking lot. Phone Margann Stites at 205-756-2364 for information. BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS CO-OP will have the annual meeting Thursday, June 24, at 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Phone […]

Between the Lines

Here we are, raking in the heat and prepping for a summer of events and fun times. After the summer of 2020, and its highs and lows, I know each of us are ready for a good time! Normally, November is the time of year where we gather and give thanks for all of our many blessings. Well, that being […]

Cicadas: If you haven’t heard

County Agent’s Corner

If you’re from the south, the familiar humming from this summer bug probably sounds just like home. With their prominent eyes and green sheen, cicadas can be seen in rural and urban environments across the southeast. What are cicadas? According to Alabama Extension specialist Katelyn Kesheimer, cicadas are large insects in the order Hemiptera, which are true bugs. The bugs […]

United Flagpole celebrates opening of retail shop

Last week, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce was on hand to help United Flagpole celebrate the grand opening of their new retail shop at 906 Second Avenue East (Ala 75 between the Animal Hospital and Affordable Care) in Oneonta. While V.J. and Bain Brown have been in the flag and flagpole business for decades, the family business now includes the […]

Recipe Corner

I like to brush the skewers with more Italian dressing as they grill. I also pour more on top of them after they come off the grill. -Jenna Wood Grilled Chicken Kabobs boneless, skinless chicken breastsbell peppers (red, green, and yellow)red onionItalian salad dressing Cut the chicken breasts, peppers, and onion into cubes. Place all ingredients in a large Ziploc […]