OFD installs more effective washers

Last week, Oneonta Fire & Rescue began the construction and installation process of their new turn out gear washer/extractor and drying system. This unit, which was purchased with funds awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, is not your ordinary washer and dryer system; it offers the perfect balance of providing a wash that is not too light and not […]

Butler advances to county spelling bee

Sadie Butler (left) and Ellie Gehri are Oneonta Elementary School 2020-2021 Spelling Bee champions. Butler advances to the Blount County Spelling Bee Friday, Feb. 5.


In the Jan. 6 issue, we incorrectly identified Southeastern’s Alyssa Davis (10) launching a 3-point jumper against West End in a photo by Jeff Sargent.

Blountsville introduces new town clerk

The Town of Blountsville has a new town clerk. Life-long resident Taylor Phillips recently took over the position and will work closely with the mayor and town council. Phillips graduated from J.B. Pennington in 2010 before working at Alfa Insurance for seven years. She and husband Corey have been married eight years. They have four children – Tanner, Maverick, and […]

Oneonta native reflects on D.C. protest

Thousands converged on Washington D.C., Jan. 6 in protest of what some feel was an unfair Presidential election. The rally, comprised of Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy followers claiming acts of election fraud and corruption, began peacefully. Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, President Donald Trump, and Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani were just a few to speak at the event encouraging supporters […]

BCCC receives $83K VOCA grant

In December, the Blount County Children’s Center was notified they were the recipient of an $83K grant issued by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The grant money will allow the Victim’s Services Program of the Blount County Children’s Center to continue providing specialized, trauma-focused therapy to Blount County crime victims, with a large majority of services provided […]

Council addresses park and recreation issues in brief meeting

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Jan. 4. Meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but they can be viewed via Facebook Live through the town’s Facebook page. Mayor Danny Baker and council members Ray Baxley, David Blaxton, Tyler Cantrell, Shannon Elkins, and Debra Sorrell attended. Due to budgetary constraints, the council voted to eliminate the park and […]

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