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City of Oneonta

In one resolution approved at Oneonta City Council’s meeting Aug. 24, September was officially proclaimed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Richard Phillips said, “Too many children are affected by this disease and more must be done to raise awareness and find a cure.” Childhood cancer is a struggle that thousands of families endure. Dedicating a month to the issue will […]

Snead K9 gets protective vest


Thanks to a donation to Vested Interest in K9s, Snead Police K9 Odin (pictured above with handler Skyler Kennedy) will soon don body armor to help protect him as he serves the community. Odin is expected to receive the bullet- and stab-proof vest within the next eight to 10 weeks. This potentially lifesaving armor made especially for four-legged K9 officers […]

An officer and a gentleman


Last Saturday afternoon, Blount County truly lost “an officer and a gentleman.” Harry Marvin Hutchinson, better known to all as Buddy, passed away after a short battle with COVID. Loved by almost everyone and having a goal of being the oldest Blount County officer, Buddy started his law enforcement career at the age of 40. Hutchinson’s tenure began at Snead […]

Schools issue mask mandate

Blount County Schools

The Blount County Board of Education called two special meetings in a five-day span providing an opportunity for Superintendent Rodney Green and Barbara Robertson, the system’s director of nursing, to address the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases within the schools. The surge also put the number of students quarantined at more than 1,000 by Thursday afternoon. In an effort […]

Oneonta City Schools


The school board of Oneonta City Schools called an emergency board meeting last Thursday to handle a couple of employee-related issues as well as address the rising number of COVID-positive students within the three schools. Discussion was led by board president Don Maples who said, “We all know there is this prevailing issue in the community as it relates to […]

Football season underway

Hayden quarterback Will Vines (11) hands off to Taylor McAdams (24) during the Wildcats’ jamboree game against Mortimer Jordan. See page A4.

Blount County, Oneonta schools COVID-19 policies


Last week, the Alabama Department of Public Health outlined several responsibilities and recommendations for the state’s K-12 schools. Blount County Schools’ current policy closely aligns with the department’s recommendations, while Oneonta City Schools has elected to follow a different path. According to the ADPH K-12 school guidance, the top priority is to isolate and report suspected or diagnosed cases. For […]

Police chase ends without injuries


On the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 10, Hayden Police Chief James Chapman reported several crimes were committed, including the theft of a vehicle in Warrior. After collecting video evidence, that same vehicle was later involved in a robbery at a local business near I-65 in Hayden. Around 1:30 p.m., Blount County Deputy Brady Wells observed the stolen vehicle on Hays […]

FLFR looks to upgrade river classification


The Locust Fork River is one of Blount County’s most popular destinations for not only locals, but for out-of-county visitors, too. Did you realize, however, that many sections of the river are only classified as safe for fish and wildlife – a lower classification of river use? “If you are as concerned about safe swimming and safe river recreation in […]

COVID-19 from a different perspective


As the coronavirus continues to spread, many people continue to wonder – when will it end? Will we ever get back to normal? The simple truth is we will never be able to go back to normal. However, maybe that is not such a bad thing. Despite the chaos and destruction caused by COVID-19, our community has managed to grow […]


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