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Brushfire Pottery says, ‘Paint your own pottery!’

Family and friends turned out in numbers last week for the grand opening of Brushfire Pottery at 213 1st. Ave. E. in downtown Oneonta. Center stage with scissors in hand is owner Erin Marsh, flanked by husband and co-owner William (to her right) holding son Tanner, 3. To her left is her father David Calvert, holding her other son Grayson, […]

Oneonta council and school board meet


Members of Oneonta City Council and Oneonta City Board of Education met in an April 1 work session to discuss collaboration on athletic facilties and other related issues. City manager/ economic developer Ed Lowe reports the meeting emerged from his and councilman Danny Robinson’s prior visit to a school board meeting. School board leaders have examined the possibility of renovated […]

Never give up


Acclaimed poet and author Irene Latham spoke to the sixth graders at Oneonta Middle School on April 2 as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration Read Alabama 200 initiative. The Alabama Bicentennial Commission selected 13 authors who have published works that have a connection to the state. Groups like museums, churches, civic organizations, or as in this case, schools, can […]

Blount County Schools get strong accreditation review


Blount County Schools received an Index of Educational Quality score of 311.94 on its AdvancED Engagement Review Report, 33 points higher than its score on the previous accreditation review five years ago. The 311.94 is also well above the average range of 278-283 for all institutions evaluated for accreditation by AdvancED over the last five years. Over a three-day period […]

Wallace’s EMS program proven successful


According to a Jan. 3 press release, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program offered to high school students enrolled as dual enrollment students has already proven successful. Oneonta campus EMS instructor Casey Hackney said several students have transferred to four-year colleges using the credentials earned in the program or have used their credentials to obtain jobs at hospitals such as […]

Correction

In last week’s article “Get out and enjoy Blount County,” the grand opening date for King’s Bend Overlook Park was incorrect. The park will open sometime this summer.

Conditions at Snead change by the weekend


In a Tuesday interview, Snead town clerk Rae Ware reaffirmed statements in her retirement announcement from the prior evening. She said she had thought she might remain a few more years, but had decided that conditions at the town hall suggested she leave now. Ware avowed she has mixed emotions about leaving. She asserted she had served under various councils […]

Municipal court issues come to front at Snead meeting


District Attorney Pamela Casey sent notice to Snead Town Hall that its municipal court has fallen four months behind in payments to her office. The letter explained that payments for each month are expected by the 15th of the following month. The next to last paragraph reads: “The last payment received from Snead Municipal Court was on February 28, 2019. […]

Job description and classification changes


The Oneonta City Council met March 26. The council had asked for bids for office furniture to be placed at the new Wallace State academic building that will be opening soon. City Manager Ed Lowe said two sealed bids were received, one from Blount Office Supply and the second, and lowest, at $16,803 from One Source. The council accepted the […]

Chop opens downtown

Oneonta’s newest salon, Chop, celebrated its grand opening last week. Chop is located at 117 First Avenue East in Oneonta, across the street from SwampTails. Owners Charity Washburn and Rachel Beason are glad to be a part of all the new and exciting things going on in downtown Oneonta. They say they are dedicated to helping their clients of all […]


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