2021-12-22 E-Edition

Merry Christmas!

Michael Helton strolls with Santa among the Oneonta Business Association’s Festival of Lights tree display at the Gazebo. He is the son of Trey and Lauren Helton, brother of Ivy, and grandson of Buddy and Cheryl Helton of Straight Mountain.

Oneonta small businesses

There’s no doubt Oneonta has flourished over the past few years. With the openings of many small businesses, there is plenty for which to be grateful. New restaurants and shops have encouraged people from outside of the county to travel to and learn more about the city. With Christmas just a few days away, residents are encouraged to shop around […]

Best of Show

At its annual Blount County Visual Arts Exhibition earlier this month, Blount County Schools and the Blount County Education Foundation recognized its 20 finalists for the State Superintendent’s exhibition as well as its own Best of Show. A total of 192 entries from 152 students were submitted this year. There were 73 medalists including 20 state finalists and best of […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY will be closed tomorrow, Dec.23, through Sunday, Dec. 26, for Christmas, and Friday, Dec. 31, through Monday, Jan.3, 2022, for the New Year. No items will be due and no late fees will accrue on these days. Masks are required inside the library and patrons are asked to maintain social distance. Curbside service is available with 30 […]

Out and About

Christmas spirit

December is always a busy month for me. It is difficult scheduling all I want to do during the Christmas month. It is a time for visiting family and friends, listening to seasonal music, attending Christmas functions, and generally sharing the joy. Why? It’s Christmas! I look forward to visiting friends I sometimes do not see except this time of […]

I’ll be home for Christmas

Sean of the South

The year was 1943. It was Christmas in the South Pacific. The U.S.S. North Carolina was adrift somewhere between Australia and the Edge of the World. The BB-55 battleship was alive with the excitement of 2,339 foul-mouthed sailors, swabbies, Marines, and brass hats who had been at sea for a month. Most of whom did not bathe regularly. Tonight was […]

Recipe Corner

John Wayne Casserole 1 lb. ground beef1 packet taco seasoning¼ cup water½ yellow onion, diced1 can Rotel, drained1 can Mexicorn, drainedBiscuit Layer:3 cups Bisquick1 cup water Cream cheese topping:½ cup sour cream8 oz. cream cheese, softened½ tsp. garlic salt½ tsp. garlic powder½ tsp. onion powderCheese topping:1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 350 […]

Shop with a Hero

The spirit of Christmas captivates the hearts of all ages, sparking ideas and opportunities to help neighbors and those in need. Recently, students from Blount County Schools submitted letters explaining why they would like to “Shop with a Hero.” This is an annual event where Blount County first responders team up with students to shop for families in need in […]

Retirement, public hearings, thanks

City of Oneonta

At last week’s meeting, the Oneonta City Council accepted the resignation of part-time community developer Rachel Gargus. Upon offering her resignation, she advised the council to update the position and Mayor Richard Phillips agreed. “The 110 Building is becoming a kind of visitor center and there needs to be someone there full-time.” Gargus will work until the end of the […]