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Lights, lights, and more Christmas lights


In the midst of this holiday season, Christmas lights are everywhere. Whether they are at home, up and down the streets, churches, or displayed at retail businesses, their beauty radiates throughout the county for all to enjoy. One particular display, located at 1136 Kornegay Road in the Friday’s Crossing community, has been a true blessing to the many who have […]

Oneonta council makes appointments


In their first meeting of the month, the Oneonta City Council made several appointments. The council appointed Jimmy Wester from alternate to full-time zoning board of adjustments member and Jessica Cannon to the Oneonta Library Board. The council hired Chance Payne as a full-time firefighter/ medic with the Oneonta Fire Department. Payne had served as a volunteer for the department. […]

Oneonta man killed in crash


On Saturday, Dec. 14, a two-vehicle crash claimed the life of Cedric R. Polk, 51, of Oneonta. Polk was killed when the 1998 Honda Civic he was driving collided with the rear of a 1995 Ford dump truck. Polk, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. […]

Pride of Hayden in Montgomery


The award-winning Pride of Hayden Marching Band, under the direction of Jonathon Steinman, had the honor of participating in Alabama’s Bicentennial Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, in Montgomery.The Alabama Bicentennial Commission took applications and chose two bands from each congressional district. The Pride of Hayden was then selected through this process. The Pride left early Friday morning and was able to […]

Statham wins World Food Championship


Blount County native Matthew Statham, along with more than 1,500 chefs, traveled to Dallas, Texas, in October for the culinary battle of their lives. Teams from 40 states and 15 countries competed at the Eighth Annual World Food Championships, the largest food competition in the world. The multi-day, live-event culinary competition showcased some of the world’s best cooking masters competing […]

Naval base victim has Blount County connection


Last Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola claimed the lives of three sailors. The victims, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, and Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, were attending class when shots rang out. The heroes reportedly ran toward the gunman and possibly saved many lives by taking a direct and heroic approach. Watson, who […]

Redskins march in Nashville, Franklin Christmas parades


The Oneonta Redskin Marching Band kicked off the holiday season in the Volunteer State over the weekend marching in both the Nashville and Franklin annual Christmas parades. More than 100,000 people lined the streets of downtown Nashville for the 66th annual parade. The Redskin Band was one of 15 high school and college bands invited to attend. That parade stepped […]

Amilea Porter Center ready for Christmas

The Amaryllis Garden Club decorates the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park every other year. Members decorated the inside of the center using a live tree and decorations made from natural items. The Christmas tree (at left) features handmade pine cone ornaments, wood slice ornaments, and small gift boxes made from Christmas cards. The fireplace mantle (below) is also decorated […]

Board approves recommendations

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Daniel Smith’s operating recommendations at its Nov. 25 business meeting. All board members were present. The board approved: • continued enrollment of three non-resident high school students for the 2019-2020 school year. • Rachel Williams as maternity leave substitute for Stefanie Weston, middle school STEAM (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Arts/Math) facilitator. • employment of […]


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