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We are all essential

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt almost everyone’s life. While the disruptions are necessary for the health of all, they also tear at the fabric of the community. Our school doors remain shut meaning teachers, students, and parents will experiment with distance learning for the first time. Spiritual leaders are performing services in front of empty pews, reaching their flock […]

When you’re on your own, we are there with you

As the United States faces the worst public health crisis in a generation, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you. Whatever happens, whenever it happens, your newspaper will be there for you. We’ll be there to let you know how our community is managing through this crisis — from business, government, and health […]

Stay home… shop small

As many American businesses shut down or scale back their operations to prevent spreading the coronavirus, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Even during a pandemic, there are ways to support the many small businesses in the community that might be struggling. Use delivery services Many businesses right now are offering curbside or even home delivery […]

Car submerged in river

As reported Sunday evening by WBRC Fox6, a body was retrieved from a car submerged in the Little Warrior River in Locust Fork earlier that morning. According to the report, a kayaker reported seeing a submerged car around 10:15 a.m. After first responders from multiple offices arrived on scene, Blount County rescue divers retrieved the body. First responders ran the […]

Phillips recommends shelter-in-place order

“History is going to look back on this as one of the most important periods in American history, and they’re going to look and see how we handled it.” That was the message Oneonta city councilor Richard Phillips delivered to fellow council members at a special called meeting Saturday afternoon to further discuss the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Being creative in uncertain times

How about dressing up in a Halloween costume in March or participating in a game of Noodle Bash? What about having a real kangaroo spying through the window? Although these are not necessarily the norm, TLC activities director Ina Brown has had to be creative in finding more fun activities for the residents since a no visitor policy has been […]

Special message from Rep. David Standridge

Yesterday, we held a conference call with Governor Ivey, members of her cabinet, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. With many questions concerning the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to take a moment to update you with some useful websites and information. First and foremost our state leaders have asked us to help reiterate the need for social distancing. Stay […]

Municipalities pass resolutions declaring local states of emergency

Several Blount County municipalities called emergency special meetings last week as local governments across the state grappled with how to handle COVID-19 and protect their communities. Blountsville, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Hayden, Oneonta, and Snead all passed resolutions declaring a local state of emergency for their respective towns. The resolutions follow both the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and […]


As if dealing with an international health pandemic wasn’t bad enough, phone and email scams are rapidly rising. We had a call earlier this week from a concerned reader who had received a call from someone claiming to be from Medicare. Once they started asking for personal information, she knew it was a scam and hung up. There have been […]

Updated ADPH orders and recommendations

In response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health continues to update statewide orders and recommendations. Exactly one week after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Alabama, ADPH revised orders and recommendations for the state. As previously reported, the following guidelines were issued Tuesday, March 17, for Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, […]

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