Manstream earns Eagle Scout honors

Oneonta High School senior Jason Manstream has achieved the highest award the Boy Scouts of America has to offer after appearing before the required Board of Review on Sept. 29. The review board offers a chance for adults to talk with the Scout about what they have done, what they have learned, how it has helped them in their advancement, […]

Candidates for national, state offices

2020 Primary Election

Qualifying is now complete for the 2020 Primary Election on Mar. 3, 2020. Below are candidates for both Republican and Democratic parties who have qualified for the following offices: President of the United States; U.S. Senate (one seat); U.S. House of Representatives (seven seats); Alabama Supreme Court (two places); Alabama Court of Civil Appeals (two places); Public Service Commission; State […]

Taylor inducted as Worshipful Master

Remlap’s Jon Michael Taylor was inducted as Grand Master for Grand Lodge of Alabama in Montgomery on Nov. 11. He was honored with a reception at First Baptist Church in Tarrant on Nov. 16. Most members will now address him as Worshipful Master. During his reign as Grand Master, Taylor will preside over all of the Masons and serve as […]

Prisons and the criminal justice system

With any issue, finding the right balance is the key to success. The purpose of prisons, in my view, is to keep the public safe and to provide for inmate rehabilitation when possible. We have to be careful with that one. Innocent people deserve protection from those who choose to be a danger to innocent people. I think we have […]

E911 board to take closer look at contract

In year three of their contract with Blount EMS, the Blount County E911 Board approved a work session to address some on-going problems and to clarify expectations from both sides. Blount County E911 Director Neal Brooks said, “We need a work session to tweak and clarify some of the verbiage in the contract.” Brooks said there needs to be a […]

Roundup: special meeting, emergency meeting, grant award

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission met Thursday and wrapped up miscellaneous business with two actions requiring commission approval. The commission also acknowledged a notification letter from Gov. Kay Ivey about a $350,000 grant award for a significant District 2 road improvement project. The special meeting was called to approve an agreement covering several months of negotiation among county, state, and federal […]


Blountsville Elementary School partnered with Blountsville United Methodist Church to collect food for local families in need this holiday season. Over 1,400 canned food items were gathered for this worthy cause. Food will be distributed by the church on their next regularly scheduled food pantry ministry. Pictured from left: Marlow Wood, youth pastor Tyler Cantrell, Angel Maldonado, Alexis Robledo, pastor […]

Adams earns Eagle rank

Earning what only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts do, Cameron B. Adams, Oneonta, achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout in August 2019. Adams, 15, began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 4053. He continued his cub scouting journey and achieved its highest award, the Arrow of Light. For his Eagle Scout service project, Adams planned, […]

Short agenda in mid-month meeting

The Blount County Board of Education met last week and approved all of Superintendent Rodney Green’s recommendations for the period. It approved: • Barry Michael Scott as a non-compensated volunteer at J.B. Pennington High School for the 2019-2020 school year. • Blount County Board of Education’s agreement with Behavioral One LLC for fiscal year 2019-2020 • extending Nancy Bradford’s leave […]

Bradley appointed to fill council seat

City of Oneonta

Donald Bradley, Oneonta resident for eight years and a member of the Parks and Recreation Board for the past year, was appointed to the vacant council seat left by the resignation of Nathaniel Butler. In accepting the appointment recommended by Mayor Ross Norris and approved by the council, Bradley said, “I would like to thank you for your support and […]

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