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Call Charlie Brown

Fall officially arrived yesterday bringing some very welcome cooler weather. It also means it’s time for pumpkin harvesting. Whited Farms recently posted a picture of this colossal pumpkin grown by their friends at J. Calvert Farms in neighboring Dodge City. The pumpkin was not weighed, so the exact size is unknown; it did take three grown men to harvest it. […]

Gone but not forgotten

In July, we of the Locust Fork Watershed lost two great Alabama naturalists. Dave Hollaway passed away on July 19, and Marty Schulman on July 20. Both of these gifted teachers inspired kids for years at Friends of the Locust Fork River’s annual Kids’ Day on the River environmental education event. Dave Hollaway, aka Big Dave, was a self-taught naturalist […]


Dean Calvert, District 3 Blount County Commissioner, in his latest iteration of an apology for a racial slur caught on tape, did not offer his previous excuses or mitigation that it was a private conversation, or that his seven years in the military should somehow be an excuse, or that his child has Down Syndrome, or even that, in his […]

Battling an epidemic (and beyond)

Are you an enabler? Are you that person whose actions allow a loved one to continue self-destructive patterns of behavior? Do you avoid conflict to keep peace and remain in denial about the seriousness of your loved one’s addiction? Do you think the problem will improve in time? Do you give “just one more chance,” and then another, and another, […]

Calvert admits it was him

Dean Calvert, District 3 Blount County commissioner, admitted during Monday’s commission meeting that he is the person in a recording speaking with a Warrior police officer and said to the officer, “Them is just throwing them together,” referring to homes being built in Oneonta by an African-American contractor. The recorded conversation is also awash with multiple sexists and misogynistic remarks, […]

Radiothon 2020

Celebrating teachers, students, parents, community members, and contributors, the 22nd annual Blount County Education Foundation Radiothon will broadcast live on 95.3 FM WCRL radio on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The live broadcast will be held at The Little Brick Church and will feature interviews and special surprises throughout the day. The program will highlight contribution […]

Artful alley

There is a little more color in downtown Oneonta. In the alley that splits the 200 block next to Miller’s Soda Shoppe, you can leisurely stroll past neon lights, bubbles, sheep, waves, weeping willows, and Old Glory. How you ask? Well thanks to the Oneonta Business Association, you can take a well-lit journey through opulent murals created by local artists. […]

Fire departments across the county receive grants

Last month, several fire departments throughout the county were awarded nearly $1 million dollars in grant money to help them better serve their local communities. Recipients of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards were Oneonta Fire and Rescue, Rosa Fire Department, St. Mountain Fire Department, and West Blount Fire Department – Hayden. Established in 2001, the Assistance to […]

Battling an Epidemic (and Beyond)

Part Three

Today’s installment in our continuing series on the drug epidemic will explore two residential treatment options for women located in Blount County. Alabama Adult & Teen Challenge, which encompasses Warrior Women’s Center in Hayden, and HER Recovery specialize in helping women understand how to overcome their dependence and start back on the road to living a fulfilling drug-free life. Warrior […]

Covered Bridge Players move to The Neely Theatre

On Saturday night, The Neely Theatre marquee once again lit the streets of downtown Oneonta as the Covered Bridge Players celebrated the opening of its next chapter. Just a few weeks ago, the group announced the partnership with The Neely School of Music giving the group a new place to showcase the multitude of talent in Blount County and surrounding […]

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