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229 years ago, America became… America


Tuesday, Dec. 15, marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Bill of Rights Day has actually been a national holiday since Nov. 28, 1941, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Dec. 15 “Bill […]

Council grants one-time pay raise

Town of Highland Lake

In a brief meeting last week, the Highland Lake Town Council voted to give employees a one-time pay increase, which includes a check to equal one week’s salary plus a Christmas bonus. Most towns and cities adopt these one-time increases for the holiday season. In other action, the council voted to surplus a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup as well as […]

Celebrations continue


Last week, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce assisted with grand opening celebrations at two retail shops in downtown Oneonta. The first event celebrated The Pink Porch Market, which has been an Oneonta favorite for several years. The shop has moved to a new and much larger location. The second celebration took place at Benjamin Kirk, a new boy’s clothing store. […]

Hayden man fatally injured in wreck


A Hayden man was fatally injured in a Dec. 2 wreck that occurred approximately three miles south of Blountsville on Joy Road. According to ALEA, Cody Rhian Dorning, 42, lost control of the 2009 Nissan Altima he was operating. Fatigue is suspected to be a contributing factor in the 2:45 a.m. accident. Dorning was not wearing his seat belt at […]

Only God could make such a perfect match


“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” -Willa Cather My dear friends Edouard and Anna share such a great love. It’s a love full of compassion, kindness, grace, and loyalty. Only God could make such a perfect match. It’s a love that took Anna to Senegal and it’s a love that brought Edouard to Oneonta. It’s a love […]

‘Taking it day by day’

Oneonta City Board of Education

While the Oneonta City Board of Education handled mostly routine matters at its meeting Monday afternoon, much of the conversation between administration and board members focused on COVID-19 as the task of planning for the second semester is at hand. Superintendent Daniel Smith said that meetings will happen throughout the week to formulate plans and “right now all options are […]

Report details classroom concerns

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education held its organizational meeting Monday afternoon. While Superintendent Rodney Green and all board members were “present,” they were not all together in the same room or even the same building. Green and District 4 board member Bill Ferry joined Ken Benton (District 1), Jackie Sivley (District 2), Dr. Philip Cleveland (District 3), and Chris […]

Snead to close facilities, require face masks

Town of Snead

With COVID cases rising locally and statewide, the Snead council voted to keep their facilities closed, with only drive-thru services open at town hall, as well as require the use of face masks at council meetings and other functions and facilities in town. During the brief meeting held Monday, Nov. 23, the council received an update from town clerk Heather […]


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