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February 3, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Mayor presents Oneonta schools $100,000 check

Despite a near second oversight, the Oneonta City Council succeeded in presenting its city school system a $100,000 check. Mayor Ross Norris had announced the payment at the city's first meeting in January. More...

Special Sections

News

A Preview of the 2016 Legislative Session

As the 2016 session of the Alabama Legislature begins, I want to give you a short preview of the issues that are likely to be at the forefront of debate. More...

Important information on registration and elections

You must register to vote. You knew that. If you haven’t moved or changed your name (for example, by marriage) since you last voted, you’re good to go. More...

Tortillas Sabinas stages significant growth spurt

When a company steps up the size of its operation by a factor of nearly 10, you might call that a dramatic growth spurt. More...

People

85 years young

Sam Miller, also known as Paw Paw or Uncle Sam, is son of the late CH and Zora Miller and brother of the late Wesley Miller, CL Miller, Arvil Miller, Polly Miller Green, and Betty Jo Miller Copeland. The family was full of mischief and fun. More...

Five generations

Jaxon Levi Williamson, born Nov. 27, 2015, is surrounded by four generations. More...

Obituaries

Thomas Alfred Belmont

THOMAS ALFRED BELMONT, 91, Oneonta, died Jan. 28, 2016, at TLC Nursing Center. Formerly of California, Mr. Belmont served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. More...

Stanley Bernard

STANLEY BERNARD, 78, Walnut Grove, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Golden LivingCenter, Boaz. Born in Kentucky, he was predeceased by parents Carl E. and Carrie Mae Bernard, grandchild Johnathan Bernard, and four siblings. More...

Betty Alice Murray McCombs

BETTY ALICE MURRAY MCCOMBS, 80, Oneonta, died Jan. 27, 2016. She worked as an antique dealer before retirement. More...

Ambassadors host again

Renewing their long-standing partnership with the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and the chamber luncheon, Blount County Ambassadors – two chapters of them, no less – hosted last week’s special luncheon at World Outreach More...

Miller Road Bridge closed

The Miller Road bridge is closed until further notice. More...

New areas for basketball, baseball, softball

The new classifications and alignments released last month by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) meant quite a bit of change for Blount County’s high school football teams. The same can be said for other sports, as well. More...

 

Columns

Landslide Lyndon and the 1948 Texas senate

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

There are a good many stories about elections of the 1940s and 50s where votes were bought and elections stolen. The most brazen and blatant stealing of an election occurred in the 1948 race for the U.S. Senate in Texas. More...

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 5, 1986

Snead – Gas tax increase to be on ballot When residents of Snead vote in the June 3 primary election, they can also vote for or against a proposed one-cent increase in the municipal gas tax. More...

Sports

Big week for Panthers

High School Basketball

The Cleveland Panthers have been a bit up and down this season. Despite blowout wins over area foes West End and Gaston, Cleveland will go into next week’s 2A Area 12 Tournament as the No. More...

SPORTSbriefs

ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players (ages 3-12 for baseball; 4-12 for softball) may register Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. More...

Four from county to sign today

High School Football

Peyton Gilliland, the Larry “Pod” Patterson Player of the Year for Blount County, is one of three players from the county that will sign college football scholarships today. More...

News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Student Government Association will host a LIFESouth Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the school. THE BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, Feb. More...