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Safer at Home order extended

Some local schools close temporarily

To curb the increase in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kay Ivey recently extended the Safer at Home order. The most recent order went into effect Nov. 8, and is set to expire Friday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Cases have begun to increase both locally and statewide. By Nov. 16, the state saw an uptick in the weekly average of cases. […]

J.B. Pennington holds ribbon cutting on new building


Excitement filled the air at J.B.Pennington High School on Sunday, Nov. 8, when a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the multi-purpose building that replaced the old gym destroyed by fire in March 2017. Plans for the new building, which is a gym and cafeteria, actually began five years ago. That plan was delayed somewhat when the old building was […]

Calvert won’t budge, Bullard resigns

Blount County Commission

It was business as usual for the Blount County Commission last week as they convened for their organizational meeting and swearing in of commissioners for districts 2 and 4. Chad Trammell joined the commission replacing Mike Painter in District 2. He was sworn in by Oneonta Police Chief Charles Clifton. Nick Washburn was sworn in for his second term as […]

Quilts of Valor awarded to 13 veterans


The Blount County Quilters Guild made 13 Quilts of Valor for military veterans from the Blount County area and awarded them individually during Veterans Week in the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park and at the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Quilts of Valor are made by quilters around the country “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with […]

Vets share memories of the two Queens


In the history of the world no greater human carry and care story has ever been told than that of the two Queens. It has been said that “a ship is like a world standing all alone on it’s own. It will provide the protection needed for its crew and passengers as long as they remain in the ship and […]

A visit to Rainbow Gin Co.


If you travel U.S. 278 to Rainbow Crossing, you will find a quaint little cotton gin called Rainbow Gin Co. Inc. It is not a fancy building, but it’s one that is vital to cotton farmers in and around the Blount County area. Being local, cotton farmers have the convenience of the gin right at their back door, thus saving […]

Tigers tame Bulldogs to advance to round two


After securing the No. 2 spot in Class 3A Region 6, the J.B. Pennington Tigers hosted the Geraldine Bulldogs (6-4) Friday night. Pennington came away with a 41-14 win to keep their season alive. The Tigers racked up 517 yards in a balanced attack with 286 yards through the air and 231 on the ground. Defensively, Pennington shut down the […]

Redskins advance


The Oneonta Redskins traveled to Gurley to face the Madison County Tigers in the first round of AHSAA Class 4A playoffs. With several key players quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, it was a tough game, but the Redskins pulled off a 27-24 victory. Oneonta drew first blood on a 2-yard romp by Collin Moon with 7:24 on the clock. Angel […]

Panthers shut out Blue Devils


The Cleveland Panthers traveled to Morgan County Friday for a first round playoff match up with the Falkville Blue Devils, who put up 370 points while only giving up 82 during the regular season. The Panthers rose to the challenge. Solid performances from senior DB Skylar Self and junior LB Kartar Adams, along with an offensive charge led by senior […]

Five county teams playoff bound


Five Blount County football teams are headed to the first round of state playoffs: Cleveland, Hayden, J.B. Pennington, Oneonta, and Southeastern. Class 2ACleveland @ Falkville The Panthers, 7-3 overall and 5-2 in Region 6, finished up the regular season ranked No. 3. They head to Falkville for a tough opening round matchup. The Blue Devils boast a 7-2 record with […]


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