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‘Remembering Our Heroes’


On Saturday, May 29, the 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony “Remembering Our Heroes” will take place at the Blount County Courthouse at 10 a.m. The program will include veterans from the Gulf War, Vietnam War, and Afghanistan; guest representatives from Operation Grateful Heart and the American Legion; and retired members of the Marine Corps and the Alabama National Guard. Throughout the […]

Wildcats can’t repeat


Hayden outscored their opponents 23-5 in the 5A North Regional, getting stronger with each game before finishing off Ardmore 12-0 as the north’s top qualifier. Building on that momentum, the Wildcats entered the 5A State Tournament ready to take on the third-ranked Elmore County Panthers, who came out of the West Regional as the number two qualifier. The Wildcats struck […]

Oneonta pitcher Connor Faust delivers against Mobile Christian. -Janna Faust

Redskins play for state title


The Oneonta Redskins made it through the first four rounds of the 4A state playoffs undefeated with series wins over Fayette County, Brooks, Curry, and North Jackson. They headed to Montgomery last Wednesday for game one of a best-of-three series against Mobile Christian for the state championship. In game one, the Redskins fell behind early and couldn’t come back in […]

Positions filled

Blount County Board of Education

Last Thursday, the Blount County Board of Education met in a special called meeting to fill many open positions as well as recognize the achievements of student athletes from across the school system. Chris Lakey, the system’s athletic director, started the meeting with a recognition of Appalachian’s softball program, who was at the time playing in their third game of […]

Summer camps are back


Although limited, the Blount County Education Foundation has excitedly announced camps are back for the summer. Utilizing several grant awards and donations from a number of generous sponsors, there will be several opportunities to participate both in person and virtually. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to campers each day through the Blount County Board of Education’s Summer Feeding Program. […]

One million dollar grant


Thanks to an opportunity to apply for a grant through the CARES Act CDBG-GV, Blount County has been awarded $1 million to be used for the construction of a large multi-purpose facility for economic development, agribusiness, and to prevent, prepare for, and respond to infectious diseases. Probate Judge Chris Green said this process has been ongoing for more than a […]

Ascension St. Vincent’s Blount to host free vaccine clinic


On Saturday, May 22, Ascension St.Vincent’s Blount will host a COVID vaccine clinic in the outpatient clinic at 150 Gilbreath Drive, Oneonta.Shots will be given by appointment only and are free of charge.Appointments are available to anyone age 18 and older. To make an appointment visit www. pa-appt.com/T382107W and select the Moderna option from the drop-down box. To further explore […]

Two Redskin golfers compete at state level

High School Golf

Two members of Oneonta’s golf team qualified for the 71st AHSAA State Golf Championship held at the Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Golf Club in Mobile last week. Sophomore Russell Boren shot a 75 in the boys’ 4A north sub-state to earn one of two individual qualifying spots. From the girls team, eighth-grader Savannah Sandlin, who shot an 84, was […]

Oneonta advances to final four


The Redskins held off Curry’s comeback bid in the second game of the best-of-three series for their third sweep of the playoffs. In the first game, Oneonta knocked in eight runs in the third inning and the Yellowjackets couldn’t catch up. Both teams scored one run in the first. Will Moye led off with a triple and Beau Ragsdale drove […]

The Hayden Wildcats’ season-ending loss to Madison Academy in round three of the state playoffs is emotional for coach Lucas Drake. -Lena Simmons

Hayden’s season ends in round three


The Hayden Wildcats hosted No. 2 ranked Madison Academy, a private school from the Huntsville area, for round three of the AHSAA baseball playoffs last Thursday. Hayden looked to progress in the playoffs where only one other Wildcat team had ventured before. Coach Kim Hargett led the 1994 team that made the class 4A Final Four. Hayden dropped both games […]


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