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Fire departments across the county receive grants


Last month, several fire departments throughout the county were awarded nearly $1 million dollars in grant money to help them better serve their local communities. Recipients of this year’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awards were Oneonta Fire and Rescue, Rosa Fire Department, St. Mountain Fire Department, and West Blount Fire Department – Hayden. Established in 2001, the Assistance to […]

Battling an Epidemic (and Beyond)

Part Three

Today’s installment in our continuing series on the drug epidemic will explore two residential treatment options for women located in Blount County. Alabama Adult & Teen Challenge, which encompasses Warrior Women’s Center in Hayden, and HER Recovery specialize in helping women understand how to overcome their dependence and start back on the road to living a fulfilling drug-free life. Warrior […]

Covered Bridge Players move to The Neely Theatre


On Saturday night, The Neely Theatre marquee once again lit the streets of downtown Oneonta as the Covered Bridge Players celebrated the opening of its next chapter. Just a few weeks ago, the group announced the partnership with The Neely School of Music giving the group a new place to showcase the multitude of talent in Blount County and surrounding […]

DAR promotes Constitution through national celebrations


Tomorrow, Sept. 17, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of the country’s least known official observances. The U.S. Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people, stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their […]

Farmers are thankful


This article ends the weekly series on farming and produce from around the county. Farmers are grateful for all the love and support shown to them this season and look forward to continuing to serve their customers through the fall and beyond. Please continue to support local farmers. They are truly a blessing to our community. Baswell Farms will end […]

Coming to America


I have often heard the phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Indeed there is some truth to that phrase, but for Oneonta business owner Thuha Le, it definitely signifies the struggles she has faced as she focused on becoming an American citizen. As the youngest of 10 children, Le was born in Vietnam in 1971 as the Vietnam […]

Battling an epidemic


Continuing with our series on the drug epidemic, today’s article will focus on common reasons people turn to drugs and highlight two agencies that offer substance abuse assistance in Blount County. Remember, no one sets out to become a drug addict, but because of loose regulations, easy access, self-medication, lack of appropriate coping skills, and other reasons, many people find […]

Saga continues


A police officer’s messy divorce has created a vortex that has swept up two Blount County commissioners in a storm that includes a recording with a racist slur along with many sexist and misogynistic remarks, and threatens to jeopardize a nearly half-million dollar yearly contract between the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and the Birmingham Water Works Board. The recording was […]

Movin’ up in the world


Friday night lights at Robert W. Reid Stadium, home of the Hayden Wildcats, looks a little different this season. In reality, it’s a little different for all student athletes. Today we salute the boys of fall and wish them good luck this season. Check out all of the teams in our football special section. Hayden’s football program underwent some major […]

Battling an epidemic


Do you know someone who doesn’t seem to be the same person you once knew? Do they appear high on life at one point then down in the dumps within a few hours? Do you hear lies upon lies about where they were or what they were doing? Are there excuses for things that happened or did not get done? […]


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