2021-09-15 E-Edition

Catching precious memories

Karla Latham is first place winner in the Friends of the Locust Fork River 2021 Art & Photo Contest adult photo category with her shot titled ‘Catching Precious Memories.’ See other winners and their art beginning on page A13.

Twenty-third on the twenty-third

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the 23rd Annual Blount County Education Foundation Radiothon will take over WCRL Radio from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as the organization continues to promote academic excellence in Blount County Schools. In addition, live feeds on the Blount County Education Foundation Facebook page will take place throughout the day. Donations of any amount can be called […]

9/11 Step Challenge raises money for police, fire departments

Sometimes never forgetting means stepping up to a challenge. The 9/11 Step Challenge at The Gym in Oneonta has participants climbing 110 stories in honor of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. “It gives us the opportunity to put into action our promise to never forget while also showing our support for our local first responders,” said Lu Branham, personal […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Applications for the OBA Volun-Teen Scholarship are being accepted from Oneonta High School Class of 2022 members. Applications are due today, Sept. 15, and are available on the website. Membership Mingle will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. The OBA annual awards celebration “BBQ Bravo” will be Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 […]

End-of-year matters

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission held its regular monthly business meeting yesterday morning. One of the first items of business was the presentation of the ACCA County Administrative Certificate to Tonya Hill, who is the administrative assistant for District 4. “This is a special designation and I commend Mrs. Hill for all that she has done to achieve this,” said commission […]

Dear Sean

Sean of the South

I got a letter from a boy named Jason, in Albuquerque, who asked if I think he should adopt a puppy. He’s got his eye on a border collie mix from a shelter. Jason wants to name this dog Teddy. Or possibly Frank. First off, Jason, thank you for the message. Fuzzy puppies are exactly what I need to be […]

Broadening student interests, horizons

Without a doubt, the BCEF has by far had the biggest impact upon our school library than any other funding source. When I took the position as librarian in 2012, the collection needed weeding and revitalizing. Every year, thanks to grants from the Foundation, I have been able to do so. In fact, several teachers often write grants to add […]

Water, sewer rate increase

Town of Cleveland

In its regularly scheduled meeting for September, the Cleveland Town Council voted to increase water and sewer rates 4 percent across the board. The action came “in order to cover debt services and operating expenses,” according to a resolution passed in the meeting. Residential water rates in city with a 2,000 gallon minimum bill will be $24.30. All customers with […]

Recipe Corner

I love a really easy to make dessert, and this one definitely is! -Jenna Wood Lemonade Pie 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensedmilk¾ cup lemonade concentrate, thawed1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed1 graham cracker crust Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and lemonade concentrate until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. […]