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Peckinpaugh pleads guilty

A stolen Blount County school bus and a “high speed chase,” along with prior thefts and numerous crimes committed while in jail, have resulted in a state prison sentence of eight years for a 26-year-old man from Bowling Green, Ky. Brandon Peckinpaugh pleaded guilty to theft of property in the first degree for stealing a bus in August 2017 and […]

Something fishy

Oneonta Police Department has partnered with Swamp John’s to raise money for their bike patrol and reserve fund. The dine-in or take-out event will be Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Oneonta City Depot located at 28117 State Highway 75. Plates are $12 and include fish, shrimp, chicken, or a combo with fries, hush puppies, […]

Special delivery

Susan Moore High School football fans witnessed a once in a lifetime event Friday night as members of the Patriot Parachute Team (PPT) parachuted the game ball onto the field. The team, whose mission is to raise awareness for veterans transitioning into civilian life and inspiring the next generation to do great things and never quit, spent much of Friday […]

What if?

What if your house was on fire and no one came to put it out? What if your spouse was having a heart attack and there was no one to respond? What if your child was in a terrible automobile accident with no one arriving on the scene to help? What if it’s your elderly parent that has fallen and […]

Writesman pleads guilty

Herbert Writesman, a 72-year old Hayden man, entered guilty pleas last week in Blount County Circuit Court to 32 sex-related crimes involving one victim who was only six years old when the abuse started in 2006. Court documents indicate the abuse continued for a number of years. A jury had been empaneled, and Writesman’s trial was set to start on […]

Amphitheater project next up for downtown

“It takes us 36 months to have a baby around here,” city manager Ed Lowe said with a dry grin, after explaining why the downtown amphitheater project seems to be running a trifle behind schedule. “Actually, discussion of a public amphitheater downtown goes back to public meetings we had several years ago, but other more urgent things kept it from […]


Joshua Wood, 10, never misses the opening day of dove season. He brought down a limit of 15 birds Saturday while hunting with family. Joshua is the son of Brian and Jenna Wood and grandson of J.J. and Cathy Long and Judy Wood.

Third Thursdays

Third Thursdays is coming to Oneonta. Oneonta Downtown District (ODD), a newly formed organization of businesses in downtown Oneonta, has launched this exciting series of events that will offer a unique shopping experience, including Sip + Stroll, on Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, and Dec. 19. Participating merchants will remain open until 8 p.m.on these days and offer fun […]

Eighteen years ago today

Today is the 18th anniversary of 9/11, this century’s “day of infamy” for America, when 2,977 innocent people were senselessly murdered by 19 terrorists in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a lonely field in Pennsylvania. The tragedy did not end there. Many first responders and volunteers have perished from 9/11 related illnesses. Many more are still suffering. The number […]

Four arrested, charged

Four people were arrested and charged with capital murder during commission of a robbery last week, following the grisly discovery of a body in a steel container outside a mobile home on Paige Springs Road. Adam Beard, a 35-year-old Blountsville man, had been reported missing by his mother on Monday, April 2. Acting on a tip the following day, deputies […]

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