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PTSD treatment


WellStone is proud to offer the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) to veterans experiencing PTSD, at no cost. The SGB is a treatment that has existed for many years but has recently been shown to “reset” some of the symptoms of PTSD in the nervous system, especially hypervigilance – an exaggerated state of sensitivity. This treatment typically costs $800, but is […]

OPD K-9 sniffs out $17,000 drugs, cash


Oneonta Police Department K-9 Boogieman, along with his handler Officer Ryan Pinyan, stopped to help a motorist on the side of the road on Oct. 1. That roadside assistance soon turned into a $17,000 drug bust when Pinyan noticed some drug cues, including an exposed firearm that led him to believe there was more going on than just a broken-down […]

Day of celebration and controversy


On Monday, Oct. 11, Columbus Day will be observed. It commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus, who was of Italian heritage, in the Americas in 1492. Although Columbus believed he had reached his desired destination of Asia on Oct. 12, 1492, he actually landed on a small island in the Bahamas. Until almost 300 years later, it was not formally […]

Mask mandate expires

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education met Monday for its regular monthly meeting. Before the board considered superintendent recommendations, several reports were presented including school improvement plans, current state of COVID-19 across the system, and the state examiner’s final report for FY2020. Barbara Robertson, the system’s director of nursing, reported that the “numbers look really good. Our goal with the […]

Armstrong sworn in


Last week, Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong was sworn into office to fulfill his six-year term. While he was elected in March 2020, to ensure no disruptions in the collection of taxes, state law provides a delay. “It is an absolute honor to serve the people of our great county,” Armstrong said. “I think all of you Blount County […]

2022 budget approved

City of Oneonta

After several work sessions dedicated to discussion of the FY2022 budget, the Oneonta City Council approved it in their final meeting of FY2021. The budget in its entirety can be found on the city’s website at www.cityofoneonta.us. Mayor Richard Phillips and the council honored Dixie Dailey and Carl Frye for their hard work and dedication to the Oneonta Public Library. […]

Town looks to fill open position

Town of Snead

In a very brief meeting Monday, Sept. 27, the Snead Town Council agreed to take a closer look at the seven applicants for the court clerk position vacated by Jennifer Talton. Talton was recently named the town’s new clerk following the resignation of former clerk Heather Lindsay. Talton told the council that she has seven applications completely filled out with […]

Remarkable advancements


Whether it is the use of mammography or a breast tomosynthesis unit, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, tamoxifen, the discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, or the ability to subtype, strides in breast cancer research and treatment made over the past few years have been remarkable. These major breakthroughs have not only given hope to those diagnosed, they have increased the survival rate […]

Reframing with a purpose


The year was 2015. It was time for a routine mammogram for Wendy Stephens (right). After completing the testing, Wendy heard the words no one wants to hear, “You have breast cancer.” She would undergo a partial mastectomy and 33 rounds of radiation. Like most will tell you, the radiation treatments made her extremely tired and fatigued, but she was […]

Cancer survivors and gardening


As a person of faith, regardless of one’s denomination, the garden is the place to find closeness with nature and one’s creator. A beautiful old hymn “In the Garden,” sometimes called “I Come to the Garden Alone,” has been made famous by the singers Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, and many, many more. The gospel […]


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