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Christmas at the Museum


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Benchmarks pending on two fronts: academic and technical

Wallace State building update

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Oneonta approves liquor licenses, hires workers, discusses career services center


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Miss Wallace State winners

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Ready for prime time

An evening drive to see the Christmas lights at Palisades Park has become a tradition for many Blount Countians. The Christmas lights will be on display from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. The park is closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. The array includes about 60 displays of lights, figures, memorials, and […]

Meeting features recognitions, routine business

Blount County Board of Education

The county board of education meeting featured a virtual banquet of special recognition highlights before the business meeting Monday, beginning with the swearing-in of three school board members (see photo page A13). School board officers for the coming school year were also elected, with Chris Latta repeating as president and Jackie Sivley repeating as vice president. Next, Southeastern School assistant […]

Board approves employee bonus, other routine items

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a one-time salary adjustment in the net amount of $150 per employee at its business meeting Monday. A quorum was present for the meeting, including board president Don Maples and members Ricky Hicks, Sharon Breaseale, and Patrick Adams. Board member Steve Anderton was absent. The board approved all of Superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendations […]

Santa’s Workshop stages Christmas open house

Little known fact: Santa’s Workshop has an unofficial annex in Alabama. It’s hidden away deep in the underground recesses of Rickwood Caverns. And it’s open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., for 23 days before Christmas, Dec. 1 through Dec. 23. The photo shows Goliath (arrow), the largest calcite dripstone formation in the cave. Around its base […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the world we live in, it can be easy to speed through Thanksgiving without giving it much thought. We quickly throw away our pumpkins to make room for Christmas decorations and we leave the Thanksgiving dinner table to go shop the deals at big chain stores. My faith in Thanksgiving was restored through my Sunday school class this week […]

Sheriff’s department adjustments, resolutions dominate agenda

Blount County Commission

The Nov. 4 Blount County Commission meeting was unusual for the amount of ground covered: a public hearing on a landfill application, a work session and business meeting combined into one meeting, swearing in of two recently-reelected commissioners, and retirement recognition for two long-service District 1 road crew employees. In the business meeting, the commission handled four agenda items affecting […]


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