2022-01-05 E-Edition

Weather whiplash

It is common to hear Alabamians say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a couple of days.” And just two days into 2022, that quote could not have been any truer. After experiencing record-breaking highs on New Year’s Day and blustery winds lasting into Jan. 2, to actually being placed under a tornado watch and dense fog advisory, […]

Redskins recognized

Oneonta City Council

The Oneonta City Council recognized the Oneonta Redskins football team during its final meeting of 2021. The Redskins finished the season as the 4A Runner Up after falling to Vigor in the championship game.The resilience of the team, however, did not go unnoticed. Mayor Richard Phillips remarked, “We are very appreciative of how well you’ve done this year. I know […]

Oneonta vandalism under investigation

In the early morning hours of Dec. 29, vandals launched Dr Pepper cans at and into homes located in Oneonta. It appears, according to Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton, that some type of propeller gun was used to launch the soda cans through windows and at seven homes within the city. While the investigators are not sure exactly what type […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Jan. 8: Riverbank cleanups at five locations. Swann Covered Bridge starts at 9 a.m Saturday, Jan. 15, landscaping at Scenic Overlook has been cancelled. FLFR seeks a college level environmental/science student for a paid internship. Work 20 hours per month while completing requirements for FLFR Watershed Steward Certificate. Email info@flfr.com for more information. […]


What a ride this year has been… and it’s only Jan. 5. Show of hands: how many of us have already bailed on at least one of our New Year’s resolutions? Have you seen the meme that says, “2022 can also be pronounced 2020, too?” In spite of that, I have to admit, I began 2022 with a bit more […]

Reader Writes

Kudos to Cheryl Helton! Her piece about “Nativity Scene Symbolism” (Dec. 22) was most informative, refreshing, and uplifting! Most everyone has seen “bukoodles” of Nativity scenes of every imaginable shape and size, from simple to elaborate, from plain to ornate, from very inexpensive to very luxurious with jewels encrusted… and I could go on. But I dare say very few […]

What to read this month

A fantastic read for New Year’s resolutions, Messy Minimalism by Rachelle Crawford provides a workable way to declutter your life without the pressure of perfection. With practical strategies targeted at making your life easier, not harder, soon you’ll have more time for everything else on your to do list! Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins will have you on the edge […]

Wiffle ball

Sean of the South

It was the night after Christmas, and Birmingham was quiet. I was on a walk through a neighborhood, watching street lights wink on at dusk. The sunset was neon pink. There were sirens in the far-off. A distant train sounded its horn; two long, one short. There were people walking dogs, old ladies watering ferns, and children riding scooters. And […]

Appalachian state champ recognized

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year Monday afternoon. Superintendent Rodney Green welcomed AHSAA 1-5A State 500m Freestyle Champion Elizabeth Davis (above). “State champion… that just sounds good,” Green said as he congratulated the Appalachian High School junior. “What an exciting race! We are proud of all your accomplishments.” Board president Chris Latta […]