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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. You must be an online subscriber to view this story – Please login below or purchase a subscription. The full version […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local theatre groups perform this weekend


Theatre goers are in for a busy weekend with not one, but two shows celebrating their opening nights. The Community Arts Council of Blount County and the Covered Bridge Players will each be bringing entertainment to the Blount County and Oneonta communities, but in completely different ways. While the Community Arts Council of Blount County will be performing Disney’s classic […]

Miss Covered Bridge


A new Miss Covered Bridge has been crowned, along with a new Miss Covered Bridge’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Blount County’s Outstanding Teen. The Miss Covered Bridge Preliminary Competition was recently held at J.B. Pennington High School. Miss Covered Bridge and winner of a $500 scholarship is Hannah Adams. Adams is from Birmingham and is a student at The University […]

DAR promotes Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

Celebrate the foundation of America

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance of this foundational document of national governance. “There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the […]

The Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs claim their championship trophy at the First Metro Tournament in Muscle Shoals. -Natalie Waddle

Lady Bulldogs tourney champs


Before Saturday afternoon, the Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs had flown under the radar as they had four of their first five matches. The one loss came on the road against 3A’s sixth-ranked Fyffe, and the Bulldogs took that one to a third set after winning the first set 25-20. Fyffe won the second 25-20 and took the match with a […]

‘It was really surreal’


When Rebecca Debter got the call about a guy looking for a local female voice for an event, she had no idea that it would lead to her daughter singing the National Anthem for a celebrity charity event on the campus of Jacksonville State University. With country music artists Riley Green and Morgan Wallen, as well as former Major League […]

$4.8 million and counting


For more than 23 years, the Blount County Education Foundation has worked to boost children’s success in Blount County Schools by promoting academic learning. Thanks to more than $4.8 million dollars donated, the efforts of all have helped meet or surpass their mission goals. When you have such a large amount of money donated and more is added every year, […]


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