2021-08-25 E-Edition

An officer and a gentleman

Last Saturday afternoon, Blount County truly lost “an officer and a gentleman.” Harry Marvin Hutchinson, better known to all as Buddy, passed away after a short battle with COVID. Loved by almost everyone and having a goal of being the oldest Blount County officer, Buddy started his law enforcement career at the age of 40. Hutchinson’s tenure began at Snead […]

Schools issue mask mandate

Blount County Schools

The Blount County Board of Education called two special meetings in a five-day span providing an opportunity for Superintendent Rodney Green and Barbara Robertson, the system’s director of nursing, to address the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases within the schools. The surge also put the number of students quarantined at more than 1,000 by Thursday afternoon. In an effort […]

Oneonta City Schools

The school board of Oneonta City Schools called an emergency board meeting last Thursday to handle a couple of employee-related issues as well as address the rising number of COVID-positive students within the three schools. Discussion was led by board president Don Maples who said, “We all know there is this prevailing issue in the community as it relates to […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come plant seedlings and share plant knowledge at the Restoration Nursery on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Winning photos from the 2020 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Locust Fork High School. Joan Babcock’s “Blue Heron” mural at Sullivan’s Auto Service on Ala 79 in Cleveland is finished. Share your pics on social […]


Stray critters appear on our porch on a regular basis. For more than 40 years, that is just how it has been. Some people do extensive research on breed traits before deciding on a family pet and even go so far as to request the results of a personality test for their prospective pooch. We are at the opposite end […]


Hopefully you notice that we begin printing a new column today. Sean of the South is a favorite of our staff, and creator Sean Dietrich has graciously given members of the Alabama Press Association permission to reprint his columns. Dietrich writes a daily column; we can print only one of those a week. You can read all of them on […]

OPD online and live auction this Saturday

Oneonta Police Department will host an online and live auction this Saturday, Aug. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. DeBerry’s RockSolid Auction Company will present the auction. Tractors, police cars, loaders, printers, and more will be up for sale. Located at 115 Jack Fendley Dr., Oneonta, a sale preview will be held on Friday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. until 3 […]

Just married

Sean of the South

“We just got married,” said the young couple in the supermarket checkout lane. The newlyweds were ahead of me in Checkout Lane Six, dressed in beach attire. Their faces could have doubled as stadium lights for a Fenway Park night game. Just married. These words set off a chain reaction of responses among those of us in line. The news […]

Recipe Corner

When I was little, I always loved when my mom made this fudge. I haven’t had it in years so it’s time to make some. -Jenna Wood Easy Pecan Fudge 1 (1lb.) box powdered sugar6 Tbsp. butter½ cup unsweetened cocoa¼ cup milk1 ½ tsp. vanilla¼ tsp. salt1 cup chopped pecans In medium sauce pan, heat powdered sugar, butter, cocoa, milk, […]