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June Fling this weekend


It’s back! The Oneonta Business Association’s 19th annual June Fling hits the streets of downtown Oneonta this weekend. You’ll find lots of fun and plenty of arts and crafts, classic cars, great food, and live music. The event includes more than 100 booths, a cruise-in with all kinds of cars and trucks, a Kidz Fun Zone, live music, and other […]

Tails & Tales


Get ready for some adventures with Tails & Tales. Summer reading is all about the animals this year as Oneonta and Blountsville public libraries kick off their summer reading program. Blountsville Public Library Blountsville kicked off Tails & Tales last Friday with a special program presented by Leeanna Cheatwood and the first 25 families who registered received a new book […]

Dean’s Ferry Road bridge complete

Blount County Commission

In last week’s monthly meeting of the Blount County Commission, District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong and county engineer Dustin Stewart announced the long-awaited opening of the new Dean’s Ferry Road bridge in Hayden. The bridge was closed July 14, 2020. Over the last 11 months, the original bridge (built in the 1920s to carry traffic over the railway below) has […]

Dunn’s Daylilies 19th Annual Bloom-N-Pie Days is back Saturday, June 12 and 19, at their new location on Ala 79 in Blountsville. -Dunn’s Angus and Daylilies | Facebook

Bloom-N-Pie Days


This Saturday, one of the state’s most delightful and colorful festivals kicks off right in our own backyard. And while it’s at a new place, it’s the same family with an abundance of gorgeous, brilliantly colored daylilies on full display. At Bloom-N-Pie Days you’ll find more than flowers. There’s six yummy flavors of the Dunn’s delicious homemade fried pies, too! […]

One house, many stories


Jon Chalmers has always been deeply passionate about historical sites as his family adventured together, searching out any old roads, maps, or houses along the way with hopes of one day finding an old house of their very own to rehab. So, in 2020, it was no surprise to his wife Margaret and their two sons David and Thomas when […]

Locust Fork wins Scholars Bowl tourney


The competition was strong at this year’s Blount County Scholars Bowl Tournament held April 20 and 21 at CrossRoads Baptist Church in Hayden. Winning the most matches and coming out on top was Locust Fork who was crowned Blount County Scholars Bowl Champion. Senior Emileigh Crouch scored the most points of all participants in the tournament. The team started strong […]

More than just flags


Sitting with Johnny and Wilma Box on their front porch Monday afternoon, American flags stretched from one edge of their yard to the other, up past the front porch, and all the way to road. Rows and rows and rows of flags meticulously placed. Each flag represents 1,000 fallen American soldiers. Johnny and Wilma spent 18 hours placing 1,400 flags […]

Remembering ‘Big Mike’


If you passed through Oneonta last Friday morning, you likely saw the American flag flying high atop an Oneonta fire truck. It was a beautiful site.But as beautiful as it physically was, it was displayed for a specific purpose – to honor Oneonta Fire and Rescue’s friend and colleague, Gary Michael Moore, who passed away May 24. Better known as […]

All-county baseball


Coaches from Blount County Schools announced the 2021 All-County Varsity Baseball team. Appalachian’s Chase Payne and Hayden’s Lucas Drake took top honors. Payne, a junior, was selected by the coaches as Blount County MVP. He helped lead the Eagles to a 14-8 record pitching a total of 60 innings while striking out 149 of the batters he faced. Payne finished […]

Eagles make semifinals, school history


Two years ago, these Lady Eagles laid a foundation for the future of Appalachian’s softball program. It was 2019; they finished the regular season ranked sixth in 1A, won their area and regional tournaments, and made school history becoming the first team to make it to the AHSAA state tournament. There wasn’t a senior on the team. In 2021, those […]


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