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A time to gather

by April McCay Thanksgiving definition: 1.) the expression of gratitude, especially to God. synonyms: reverence, revering, worshipping, veneration, venerating, adoration Thanksgiving is a special time of year, a time to gather. It’s a time of reflection, a time to be thankful for old and new memories. This day has a way of bringing family and friends together. Sometimes it is […]

Dallas Loop Road added to Alabama Historic Registry

Dallas Historic District

A portion of the Dallas Community located a few miles south of Locust Fork has been added to the Alabama Historic Registry. Several Blount County residents are responsible for making this a possibility. Sue Copeland, with the help of Dallas community members, headed up the project of gathering information. The process took nearly two years to see to fruition and […]

Homicide investigation underway


The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a homicide that took place Nov. 21 at 72 Moorer Lane, Oneonta. According to a release submitted by Sheriff Mark Moon, officers were dispatched to the listed address for a possible shooting during a domestic incident. Upon arrival, the deputy could see one male subject through the windows and a screen door […]

Awesome by Nature

Fall colors are just one of the factors that make Blount County beautiful. This photo was taken at Inland Lake. Get out and enjoy the colors before they are gone.

Spring Valley Beach earns national award


While passing Spring Valley Beach in Blountsville, many have seen the magnificent flag blowing in the wind on the hill above the park. When visiting the park, it overlooks the pools as children and adults enjoy the large pool and water slides at the park. It is illuminated during their annual fireworks show celebrating the Fourth of July and can […]

Property tax renewal passes


Last Tuesday, Blount Countians overwhelmingly approved the renewal of 9 mills of property tax designated for both the Blount County and Oneonta City school systems. These 9 mills have been collected since 1937 and form the foundational support for both systems. All property taxes up for renewal in both districts passed with 87 percent voting in support of the renewal […]

Responsibilities grow with the city

City of Oneonta

“As our city continues to grow, so do our responsibilities,” remarked Oneonta Public Works director Roland McCoy at last Tuesday’s Oneonta City Council meeting. He recommended Jesse Tidwell to fill the open position of full-time maintenance employee, a hire which is accounted for in the 2022 city budget. With so many projects going on throughout the community, McCoy emphasized that […]

Veterans Day 2021

Apostrophe or no apostrophe

Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate Veterans Day. It is a federal holiday to pay tribute to those who have honorably served in the armed forces. Nonessential governmental agencies will be closed, as well as many schools.There will be displays of flags, speeches, parades, and other patriotic activities to show respect to those who have previously served this country. In 2020, there […]

Three finish in top 10 at state

High School Cross Country

Locust Fork’s Halle Curry crossed the finish line with a time of 20:37.20, placing her fifth at last Saturday’s 1-2A AHSAA Cross Country state championship meet. The Lady Hornets finished eighth overall. Oneonta’s Gaby Piceno and Lex Sorensen also placed in the top 10. Piceno’s time of 20:14.75 and Sorensen’s time of 17:06.07 placed each of them ninth in the […]

Holiday market roundup


For those wanting to shop local and support local businesses and community organizations, there are several Christmas extravaganzas taking place in the next few weeks that may be of interest to you. These organizations and businesses have worked hard to bring some fantastic opportunities to shop in a less crowded environment than some of the bigger options in adjoining counties. […]


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