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May 25, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Divided merit board to vote again June 1

With member Robert Sanford absent, the Merit Board of Blount County split 2-2 in its jurisdictional hearing on dismissed Oneonta city employee Geneva Wall. Wall's status as a merit employee hinges on whether or not she served as a department head. More...

Classes start tomorrow, May 26; registration still open

Wallace State - Oneonta

Classes will begin at Wallace State’s Oneonta campus tomorrow, May 26. As of Monday, May 23, 138 students are registered for the upcoming summer term, with more expected by Thursday. More...

Special Sections

News

Incoming commissioners hesitant on countywide 1-cent sales taxa

Moving Blount County Forward...

Last week, The Blount Countian gave the four serving county commissioners an opportunity to express themselves (they did) on “Moving Blount County Forward,” the countywide 1-cent sales tax proposal, itself moving forward toward a Nov. More...

Oneonta Board of Education approves personnel actions

The Oneonta School Board approved superintendent Michael Douglas’s recommendations dealing with end-of-term personnel matters at its regular meeting Monday, May 23. More...

Spring Valley Beach opening this weekend

The family-owned treasure of Blount County, Spring Valley Beach (SVB) Water Park, is opening this weekend for the 2016 season. The park’s gates will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. Hours of operation for this season are 10 a.m. More...

Faith

Church Briefs

FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH #2 will have Homecoming on Sunday, June 5. Lunch will be served after the worship service. The church is located on Gwin’s Cove Road in Hayden. Phone 256- 739-5813 for more information. More...

Obituaries

Dean Gaylor Barron

DEAN GAYLOR BARRON, 87, died May 11, 2016. She and her husband, Hoyt, resided in Oneonta for more than 40 years and were members of First Baptist Church of Oneonta. More...

Freddie Bellew

FREDDIE BELLEW, 65, Sugarland Lake, died May 17, 2016. Predeceasing him were father Alton Lee Bellew, brothers Wallace Bellew, Eddie Bellew, Lawrence Bellew, and Harold Bellew. More...

Beverly Sanders-Grinstead

BEVERLY SANDERS-GRINSTEAD, 51, Tarrant, died May 16, 2016. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and Nonna. She enjoyed cooking and gardening and had a love for people. More...

News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING or M4A, has designated May as Older Americans Month. There will be a free program and lunch for seniors age 60 and older tomorrow, May 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church in Snead. More...

Here! (almost)

It’s coming – not this coming weekend, but next weekend – Friday and Saturday week, June 3 and 4, to be precise. To make sure there’s no mistake, you gotta understand this here’s the teaser. More...

Courthouse Hours for Memorial Day

The Blount County Courthouse will be closed all day Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operations, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume on Tuesday, May 31. More...

Summer camps set to begin next week

This is the sixth year that the Blount County Education Foundation is offering more than 30 camps for Blount County students, according to executive director Mitchie Neel. More...

 

Columns

Perry O. Hooper Sr., Alabama’s original Republican

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

A few weeks ago, former Alabama Chief Justice Perry O. Hooper Sr. died at his home in Montgomery at age 91. He was the epitome of the Southern gentleman. He was also one of the founding fathers of the modern Republican Party in Alabama. More...

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 29, 1985

Bridge built by countians More...

Letters

Kid’s Day a big success

The Blount Farmer’s Federation would thank the following businesses and organizations for their help in making the 2016 “Kid’s Day on the Farm” a big success: -Blount County Young Farmers, Farm City, and Women’s Leaders More...

Sports

Redskins come up short in Montgomery

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Oneonta Redskins had hopes of a state title. Unfortunately, UMS-Wright did too – and the Bulldogs had a pair of aces on the mound, as well. More...

A Royal three-peat

The Royal Predators 12U softball team won the Blount County Championship Monday night for the third straight year with a win over Appalachian and a record this year of 12- 1 and a three-year record of 40-3. More...

Panther offense goes cold in Montgomery

The Cleveland Panthers were the surprise team in the 2A field in the state tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery last week. The Panthers more than proved they belonged at the state tournament, even though the Panther bats never got going. More...