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A Place at the Table


When A Place at the Table was organized three years ago, no one really had any idea how it would truly impact those who chose to attend. The hope was for people to come together, eat, and have casual conversations. I recently attended an APATT meeting to see firsthand how those attending interacted with each other, what has kept this […]

Ambulance service


In their final meeting of the year, the Blount County E911 Board created two review committees to look at the ambulance contract/renewal with Blount EMS. One committee – made up of Neal Brooks, Caleb Branch, Chris Hill, Larry Armstrong, and Dean Gilbert – will take a detailed look at the ambulance contract. The other – composed of Neal Brooks, Brandon […]

UWA fall 2019 graduates

The University of West Alabama held fall commencement Dec. 14. President Ken Tucker conferred undergraduate, master, and education specialist degrees to nearly 1,000 students. Among the graduates were: Andrea Collins of Altoona; Jodi Culler and Kris Tanner of Blountsville; Amanda Mikell, Bailey Whisenant, and Jada Woods of Hayden; Leah Vaughn of Horton; Adrian Franklin of Kimberly; London Atkinson, Darlene Driggers, […]

Closet 127


As a foster and adoptive parent, Rebecca Hixon knows firsthand the challenges foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers face when adding a child or children into their home. Many times the children literally go to foster or kinship homes with just the shirt on their back. The foster, adoptive, and kinship families must immediately begin gathering items to meet their basic […]

Oneonta approves insurance policies


In a brief last meeting of the year, the Oneonta City Council approved a short-term disability policy for city employees and a long-term cancer policy for all eligible Oneonta Firefighters. Following a presentation by human resources director Dalton Farmer, the council approved going with MetLife. The city had already budgeted for the policy. They then voted to approve the long-term […]

Agri-Business Center board joins city/county planning effort


Members of the Agri-Business Center board of directors met with representatives of the Oneonta City Council and Blount County Commission last week for an update on results of the first joint city/county planning discussion on the institutional future of the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center. That initial meeting was held Dec. 10. Following the Friday briefing, the board was asked […]

Council approves alcohol license, hears park progress

Town of Cleveland

A public hearing was held Dec. 12 regarding an alcohol license application for TAHA, Inc., which is doing business as the Tonka Shell and Deli at the corner of Ala 79 and Ala 160. The application was for the sale of beer and wine. The business was represented by its owner, Mark Ely. Other than town officials, no one else […]

Sessions hits the trail

Former Sen. Jeff Sessions was in full-blown whistle-stop mode when the campaign trail led him through Oneonta as one of the last of a dozen or so stops last week. The meet and greet at The Little Brick Church was delayed slightly by a detour by Session’s host, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, to meet her 7-month-old son Glen […]

Merry Grinchmas

In lieu of swapping gifts among themselves, third grade students at Oneonta Elementary were asked to grow their hearts two sizes and bring a gift to donate to the Hope House this holiday season. Students spent an entire day celebrating Grinchmas and completing fun crafts and activities. They discussed how important it is to sometimes give rather than receive. “The […]

Writesman sentenced


The 72-year old Hayden man who entered guilty pleas in September to 32 sex-related crimes was sentenced last week in Blount County’s circuit court. Herbert Writesman had entered blind pleas in all his pending cases, which means there was no plea agreement between Writesman and the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, leaving sentencing at the discretion of the judge. Writesman […]


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