2021-07-14 E-Edition

Multi-purpose facility coming


The Blount County Commission reviewed construction plans for the proposed Blount County Multi-Purpose Facility in Cleveland during last week’s work session. Rick Lathan of Lathan & Associates joined facility committee members Jeff Hallmark, Greg Reid, and Amy Burgess for the presentation of plans the nine-person committee developed over the course of eight meetings during the last couple of months. In […]

FOP to host gospel concert


On Friday, July 23, the Blount County Fraternal Order of Police will host a gospel concert to benefit their organization’s efforts to help others in Blount County. This is the chapter’s major annual fundraising event and you don’t want to miss it. At 7 p.m. that evening, Gold City, LeFevre Quartet, and Wilburn and Wilburn will take the stage providing […]

Back to school sales tax holiday


Giving shoppers an opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales tax, the 2021 sales tax holiday will take place this weekend. Beginning Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., and ending Sunday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m., shoppers can benefit by saving money during this time period. Shoppers in Oneonta, Hayden, Locust Fork, Cleveland, Snead, […]

Daylight Donuts


The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce was on hand last week to help Daylight Donuts celebrate the grand opening of their new store at 613 First Avenue East in Oneonta (behind Taco Bell). The new location, just around the corner from their original one, features cheerful decor, more space for both the kitchen and the customers, tables and chairs in case […]

Between the Lines

The sound of watermelon

If you are like me, you grew up with watermelon being a staple in summer. Now, admittedly, I have never been a huge fan of watermelon. Something about the texture has always turned me off, but I do love the smell and the gatherings that seem to occur when watermelon is in the mix. What sticks out for me the […]

Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources

Get to know Alabama Extension

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has the privilege of assisting Alabamians through a range of topics from agriculture to home life. The eight topics highlighted on the Extension website provide readily available, research-based information to farmers, families, business people, and gardeners across the state. The Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources team offers educational opportunities and land management tools to the […]

Recipe Corner

A simple recipe that lets the delicious flavors of our fresh, local produce stand out. Makes a great summer side dish for any meal. -Jenna Wood Roasted Zucchini, Squash, and Tomatoes 2 small zucchini2 small yellow squashcherry tomatoes, halved3 Tbsp. olive oil4 cloves garlic, minced1 ¼ tsp. Italian seasoningsalt and pepper1 cup finely shredded parmesancheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. […]

Troublesome lily pads

Town of Highland Lake

The Highland Lake Town Council addressed the spread of lily pads on several areas of the lake at its meeting last week. Lake preservation committee member Bill Rush reported that the group is looking at several options. Rush told the council he had talked with representatives from the Blount County Extension Service along with specialists from Auburn University and has […]

The countdown begins


Although it seems like just a few days ago that 2021 graduates were tossing their caps in the air, the countdown for the new school year has begun. There are 22 days until Blount County Schools begin the 2021-2022 school year and only 27 days left before Oneonta City Schools open their doors to welcome the student body. Parents are […]