St. Clair County vs. Blount County:

Battleground for unit-system debate

St. Clair County operates on the unit system, with part-time county commissioners and county road maintenance consolidated under a road superintendent reporting to the county engineer. Blount County operates under the district system with full-time county commissioners, each responsible for road maintenance in his own district, each with an equipment pool and a county road crew of six employees. Comparisons […]

Blount County receiving share of beer tax revenue



Whatever the outcome of yesterday’s wet-dry referendum, Blount County is one of five north Alabama counties that are receiving some of the revenue generated by a statewide beer tax that had in the past been distributed only to wet counties. The other four are Cullman, DeKalb, Lauderdale, and Marshall. Last month the ABC Board paid each county the first of […]

Software crash calls for emergency commission action

Regular meeting time changes

The Blount County Commission met Monday morning in emergency session to respond to the failure of the management software system containing all records for the county jail and sheriff’s department. According to a letter sent last week by Sheriff Danny Morton to Commission Chairman David Standridge, the system contains all jail records, warrants, civil papers, protection orders, personnel files, arrests […]

New group sets sights on helping released inmates reenter the community

Kickoff set for November 13

A group is being organized to address the needs of people who have completed prison sentences and who are being released for reentry into the community. The newly forming Blount County Community Partnership for Recovery and Reentry (CPR) will hold its charter organizational meeting on Thurs. Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the private dining room off the main dining […]

Buffet ready at the Palomino Restaurant



Ann Hilburn (second from right) and employees Jeremy Weems, April Bridges, and Julie Fountain are ready to serve you at the Palomino Restaurant. The restaurant, located in the former Jones BBQ on U.S. 231 in Oneonta, has been remodeled with new tables and chairs and a new decor heavily leaning toward the old west. The menu, according to new owner […]

Clearly Speaking

Understanding Basic Investment Terms and Concepts

Below are summaries of some basic principles you should understand when evaluating an investment opportunity or making an investment decision. Rest assured, this is not rocket science. In fact, you’ll see that the most important principle on which to base your investment education is simply good common sense. You’ve decided to start investing. If you’ve had little or no experience, […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, November 5, 1986

Blount rolls out red carpet for next governor Blount County rolled out the red carpet last Thursday for now Governor-elect Guy Hunt at a Republican rally that candidate Don McGriff described as the best Republican rally that he had ever attended. Hunt’s visit to the county came only hours after candidate Charlie Graddick had announced that he was withdrawing from […]

World War II Veterans Honor Flight



Last month I was privileged to be included in the Honor Flight of World War II Veterans trip to Washington, DC, to visit the World War II Veterans Memorial. This was truly the experience of a lifetime. The response of all the people along the way and the wonderful welcome-home reception in Oneonta were overwhelming and were a truly humbling […]

Drugs, not alcohol, county’s biggest problem



My name is Barbara Cornelius. I am almost 73 years of age and have lived in Blount County for many, many years. I am a Christian and an active member of First Baptist Church, Cleveland. As I am writing this letter to the editor, I do not know if the county will vote wet or remain dry at this time […]

Churches and the IRS



The right to freedom of religion is so central to American democracy that it was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution along with other fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. In order to guarantee an atmosphere of absolute religious liberty, this country’s founders also mandated the strict separation of church and state. […]