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August 24, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

And the winner is...

Ashly Best!

The Oneonta resident is the winner of The Blount Countian’s latest contest. She wins a two-night stay in beautiful Gulf Shores provided by Perdido Beach Resort, The Gulf Coast Paradise. Congratulations Ashly! More...

Columns

The 1960 race for president - the first win for TV

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

In 1960, television was a new medium. Most Americans did not have televisions in the early 1950s. However, by 1960 the majority of the country had fallen in love with Lucy and TV. More...

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 24, 1988

County athletes clear first hurdle More...

People

Basement railroad thirteen years in the making

Limestone Springs resident, Dan Ferris of the Historical Railroad Society has created a little piece of the railroad of his own over the last 13 years. More...

Celebrating 100 years

To our beloved mother Leora Marsh Gaither: May all your days be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter and love. Today we honor and treasure your life and wish you a Happy 100th birthday. August 25, 1916 More...

‘It’s a whopper!’

What’s the secret?

One of the nice things about working at the newspaper is that you’ve got an inside track when it comes to documenting fantastic agricultural achievements like this 14-pound cataloupe grown and exhibited by Eddie Tawbush of Royal. More...

Obituaries

Addie Lee Faith Ashley

ADDIE LEE FAITH ASHLEY, 7, Wynnville, died Aug. 12, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Grandparents Herbert and Dicie Williams Price and Richard and Lydia Ashley predeceased her. More...

David J. Berry

DAVID J. BERRY, 70, Armstead, died Aug. 19, 2016. He was a member of Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he had served as deacon for 30 years. He retired from Cummin Mid South after 20 years, was a U.S. More...

Billy Jack Edwards

BILLY JACK EDWARDS, 73, Hayden, died Aug. 18, 2016. He was retired from RexAm and a was 38-year member of First Baptist Church of Hayden, where he also served as a deacon. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, and spending time with family. More...

Lottery vote due in state House today

The lottery bill passed by the Alabama Senate last week goes to the state House of Representatives for final action this week. More...

Work session includes Wallace-Oneonta expansion discussion

In what may soon become routine, the Oneonta City Council held a work session Aug. 16 to examine relevant topics. As discussed previously and at the session, councilors projected possible times for holding regular similar discussions. More...

Local graduate named WSCC cheer coach

Stefany Pate, 27, a 2007 Locust Fork High School graduate, has worked for Wallace State Community College (WSCC) since Feb. 2014 as the Secretary for Fine and Performing Arts and an adjunct speech professor. More...

News

New coffee shop on Main Street

Chuck Morrison, the owner of Miller’s Soda Shoppe in downtown Oneonta, is opening a new coffee shop. Morrison hopes that “Main Street Coffee” will be open to the public in September. More...

News Perspective

If there seems to be a disconnect between the enthusiasm reflected in the superintendents’ statements above and the uproar over the selection of Michael Sentance, an education consultant from Massachusetts, to be the next state superintendent o More...

Hope House studies new Wallace- Oneonta scholarship plan

Hope House recently received an unanticipated $5,000 contribution for an unanticipated cause: a new scholarship program for Blount County students wishing to attend Wallace State Community College at the Oneonta Campus Center. More...

Sports

Eagles muscle past Mustangs

The high school football season in Blount County kicked off last Thursday evening with a dose of a building rivalry and a big crowd was treated to an entertaining game as visiting Appalachian came back to own the second half in a 34-14 victory over S More...

Hornets pull away from Bulldogs

After a sluggish first half, the visiting Locust Fork Hornets finally put things together in the second half to take a 27- 6 win over Carbon Hill last Friday night. More...

Youth football kicks off Saturday

Blount County Youth Football Association is changing things up this year. According to association president Corey Carver, this is the first year for a tournament-style jamboree. Play is single elimination in each age group. More...

Faith

Church briefs

EVENTS MT. LEBANON FCM CHURCH will have a women’s conference on Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. Dr. Brenda Robinson is the speaker. Childcare and lunch will be provided. This is a free event, but a love offering will be collected. More...

Transformers

We are more than meets the eye

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 More...

News Briefs

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly lunch held today at noon at Grace Baptist Church at 41771 Ala 75, Snead. The program ‘A Year in Review’ will be presented by the Blount County Education Foundation. More...