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March 4, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Indicted teacher resigns

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

In a called meeting Monday, the Blount County Board of Education accepted the resignation of Cleveland High teacher Matt Wester. More...

Columns

The General Fund and Common Core

IN THE STATEHOUSE

The first regular legislative session of the quadrennium has begun. Legislators have arrived in Montgomery for their three-and-a-half month session and they will face a myriad of problems and issues. More...

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 5, 1986

‘Absurd,’ charges Hicks as OPD now has seven ranking officers supervising four patrolmen More...

Sports

Oneonta sweeps North Jackson to start the year

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

The Oneonta Redskins used timely hitting in the first game and dominant pitching in the second game to roll to a sweep of visiting North Jackson last week. Tuesday, Feb. 24atOneonta 7, North Jackson 4 More...

Coaches select all-county team

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Coaches from the Blount County School system have selected Locust Fork’s Jaime Gail Hudson and Hayden’s Dylan Bradford as most valuable players for the 2014-2015 season. More...

Simoneaux signs at Snead

Last month, Susan Moore High School senior Jana Simoneaux signed a scholarship to play softball at Snead State Community College. More...

Obituaries

Infant Jaxson Lane Benefield

INFANT JAXSON LANE BENEFIELD, four weeks, died Feb. 22, 2015, at the Douglas residence. Grandfather Rickey Benefield, greatgrandparents Clyde Smart, Joe and Betty Tant, and Jimmie Batie, and uncle Steven Smart predeceased him. More...

James 'Big Bone' Campbell

JAMES ‘BIG BONE’ CAMPBELL, 79, Snead, died Feb. 24, 2015, at the residence. For the town of Snead he served as a firefighter, fire chief, and councilman for many years. He served in the U.S. More...

Martha Bynum Colvin

MARTHA BYNUM COLVIN, 78, Pinson, died Feb. 27, 2015, at St. Vincent's East Hospital, Birmingham. More...

Supreme Court overturns circuit court ruling on liquor sales

The Alabama Supreme Court last Friday overturned Circuit Judge Steven King’s November 2013 ruling concerning sale of alcoholic beverages in Blount County. More...

Oneonta joins governmental chorus for UAB football

The Oneonta City Council passed a resolution endorsing restoration of intercollegiate football at UAB in its most recent session. The resolution calls on local businesses to provide support in attendance and finances for the athletic endeavor. More...

FIRST STAGE: $541 MILLION

Further details on tax increase proposal

Gov. Robert Bentley Friday announced initial details of a $541 million tax increase proposal to shore up the state General Fund shortfall. For the last several years, the chronically ailing General Fund has been propped up with onetime revenue. More...

 

News

Chamber banquet set March 17

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE...

The 32nd annual banquet of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is set for 6 p.m., March 17, at the World Outreach Center. Individual tickets are $25; a table seating eight can be reserved for $200. More...

Equal justice?

Court stats show Blount County second-most overloaded in state

For several years, the Blount County legal community, including Circuit Judge Steven King and Blount County Bar Association president Bill Burns among others, have been sounding an alarm. More...

Peoples retires after 34 years with Blount County Schools

Southeastern principal Michael Peoples says it is ironic that he will retire the same year his school will celebrate its first-ever graduating class. More...

People

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Hayden Middle School developed and hosted the first HMS Math Tournament recently at the school. More than 300 students from 23 schools, including six Blount County schools, participated. More...

Community Arts Council honors local artists

As of last year, the Community Arts Council of Blount County began to honor local artists in order to recognize and encourage them, according to member Angie Hogeland. More...

Faith

ChurchBriefs

NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Sunday, March 8, with Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., and lunch immediately following. The church is located at 5375 Ala 160 in Hayden. More...

Overwhelmed

Have you ever been overwhelmed? Not the good kind. We all desire to be overwhelmed with love and kindness and blessings. But sometimes all the hard stuff in life gangs up on us and we become overwhelmed with problems and struggles and doubt. More...

News Briefs

NEWS briefs

MEETINGS J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual meeting Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in the home ec building. All PHS alumni are invited to attend. More...