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Kids and teens eat free this summer


The summer feeding program, brought to you by the USDA and the Alabama State Board of Education have announced once again that kids and teens can eat free during specified dates and times this summer. This is the fourth year Blount County has utilized this opportunity to ensure children continue to receive nutritious meals throughout their summer vacation. The program […]

Summertime festival of fun

June Fling 2019

Featuring classic cars, Kidz Fun Zone, special entertainment, the sixth annual Singing Showdown, and more than 110 booths, June Fling 2019 will kick off on Friday, May 31, at 6 p.m., with the preliminary round of the 18-year-and-older competitors and a performance by INtheRED featuring Skylar Wallace at 8 p.m. It will also be a time to enjoy free hot […]

Summer Reading


Oneonta Public Library Join Oneonta Public Library this summer for a “Universe of Stories.” Registration opens tomorrow, May 30, at the library and guarantees each participant a free book. Children can enjoy story hour on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. There will also be special guests like Ms. Frizzle, Doc Atoms, and Mr. Breakfast on select dates. Kids can express […]

Memorial Day 2019

Leland Rhudy, master of ceremonies, begins the observance for Memorial Day 2019 as Dalton Wester, seated left, and Alton Grigsby look on. Names of Blount County’s casualties from the seven wars fought by the United States since the Civil War were read aloud by leaders of the county’s veterans’ service organizations and others. The annual service is organized by Operation […]

Fraud Advisory

Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of Social Security, is warning the public about a new variation of increasingly common government employee impersonation scams. Individuals are receiving scam phone calls displaying the Social Security Advisory Board’s number on caller ID. The callers are reportedly attempting to obtain personal information, including Social Security numbers. If you receive this type of call, you […]

Glasscock and Suddeth honored in D.C.


On May 14, Oneonta Police Officers Cory Glasscock and Matthew Suddeth were honored at a luncheon in Washington D.C, as National Officer of the Month for September 2018. The two officers received the awards for their heroic efforts where, despite putting themselves in danger, they were able to rescue two elderly women from a burning apartment building in July 2018. […]

Lady Wildcats State Champs

The Lady Wildcats softball team are all smiles as they receive the championship trophy for Class 5A softball on Saturday. See complete story on page A4.

Sunday wreck claims life of Oneonta woman


A wreck on Alabama 75 near AutoZone claimed the life of Sheila Sorrow, 62, of Oneonta. The Sunday, May 19, fatality occurred when the car driven by Sorrow left the road and struck a power pole. Sorrow worked at the Blount County Correctional Facility as the nutritionist for the past three years. According to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon, Sorrow […]

Surprise, Daddy’s home!


It seemed to be a routine school assembly in the Southeastern High School gym last Friday afternoon. The whole school, K-12, was there. As a warm up, a half-dozen-odd members of the band executed a heart-thumping, syncopated, rhythmic riff on a tabletop in the middle of the gym, using hands and drinking glasses as percussion instruments on the tabletop. To […]

Fendley Furniture building demolished

Fendley Furniture has served many generations. I would love it if the walls could talk and share the stories of Jack Fendley, Sibyl Hampton, Charlie Fendley and Mary Fendley. I was raised here as much or more than I was raised at home. I spent many hours playing on the railroad tracks with my brother, Scott Fendley, playing in the […]


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