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August 17, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Blount County Gospel Choir annual concert this Sunday

The 50-voice Blount County Gospel Choir will present its 11th annual concert at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. More...

Spring Valley Beach Water park closes but could reopen

Acting on the recommendation of the health department, Spring Valley Beach was closed Sunday after reports of illness were received from a couple of groups that visited the park. More...

Columns

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 15, 1984

School board to save $60,000 Blount County Board of Education has taken action expected to save more than $60,000 during the coming school year. More...

Sports

Eagles vs. Mustangs highlights Week Zero

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Zero is defined as “nothing, that which has no measurable value.” Well, that doesn’t apply to Week Zero as laid out by the AHSAA (Alabama High School Athletic Association). More...

Obituaries

Margaret Cole

MARGARET COLE, 76, Springville, died July 31, 2016. She retired from St. Clair County Board of Education as a child nutritionist, was a member of Hulletts Methodist Church, and enjoyed working in her yard. More...

Donald L. Elrod

DONALD L. ELROD, 83, Oneonta, died Aug. 10, 2016, at a Birmingham hospital. He graduated from Blount County High School and was a graduate of John F. Gupton College of Mortuary Science and a local business owner. More...

Billie Joe Fortson

BILLIE JOE FORTSON, 84, Greensboro, N.C., died Aug. 3, 2016, at Beacon Place Hospice. Born in Blount County, Mr. Fortson retired from Blue Bell after 51 years of service. More...

Oneonta agrees to $6 million loan, woos industry

Oneonta city manager and economic development officer Ed Lowe shared Wallace State - Oneonta figures at the city council's latest meeting. Lowe reported campus director Dr. More...

Oneonta tests voting machines

Last Friday, the city of Oneonta performed a public test of the electronic voting machines that will be used in the municipal election later this month. Oneonta will have two voting machines in use for the Aug. 23 election. More...

Sales tax referendum meetings set

A series of informational meetings on the upcoming sales tax referendum on Nov. 8 has begun for county municipalities and will continue through Oct. 17. More...

News

Five county towns vote for local leaders Aug. 23

Allgood, Blountsville, Hayden, Oneonta, and Snead will hold municipal elections Tuesday, Aug. 23, to elect local leaders. Allgood will elect three town council members. Blountsville will elect a mayor. Hayden will elect one council member. More...

Correction

The company whose contract for the courthouse renovation project was terminated as reported in last week’s commission meeting was incorrectly identified. The company’s correct name is Richard Sprouse Construction Company Inc. More...

Oneonta Police investigating possible assault

The Oneonta Police Department is investigating after an Oneonta man was found bleeding and unconscious at his home. Dr. More...

Faith

Church briefs

EVENTS LOCUST FORK BAPTIST CHURCH will host Rabbi Eric Walker (Messianic Jew), tonight at 6:15 p.m. The theme of his message will be ‘Setting the stage for Armageddon.’ Everyone is invited to the free event. More...

News Briefs

News Briefs

LADY LAKERS OF HIGHLAND LAKE are having a yard sale at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive, on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit community projects. More...