Music program to honor Shepherd

Betty Sue Shepherd will be honored at a second annual celebration of sacred music Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center at Samford University in Birmingham. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Fund. The former Betty Sue Garner, Shepherd grew up in Oneonta, taught at Samford University […]

Drugs seized, stolen items recovered

Blount County Sheriff 's Department

The Blount County Sheriff’s Department executed four search warrants in the Hayden area last week and seized drugs and vehicles and recovered stolen property. According to department supervisor Larry Dabbs, approximately one pound of methamphetamine, one-half ounce of cocaine, one-quarter pound of marijuana, and assorted drug paraphernalia were seized at the various scenes. The operation also led to the recovery […]

More running from run-away thoughts

Addiction to downers

In last week’s article on addiction, we started a consideration of the drugs that slow down (suppress) the thought process – such substances as alcohol and opiates (heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, etc.) and tranquilizers (Valium, Zanax, Ativan, Halcion, etc.). We discussed how an overactive mind filled with anxiety could lead to drug use. Our degree of anxiety is determined by our […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, April 7, 1932

Stolen Car Recovered When Arthur Morton, of Rt. 2 Oneonta, and his two sons parked their car at the rear of the Citizens Bank Monday morning they failed carry the key with them. When they returned a short time later the car was gone. Three young men were seen to enter the car and drive off but the parties who […]



Back pain is a common problem for about 30 percent of the adult population. Maintaining a regular routine that incorporates back-strengthening exercises helps to get rid of such problems forever. Take a look at some basic exercise steps given below. 1. Lie down on the floor. Your back should be flat and the legs should be kept on top of […]

Put a new spin on egg coloring

Easter egg coloring is one of the well-known traditions associated with the holiday. Coloring eggs can be fun for children and adults alike. There are several ways beyond the traditional coloring kits to adorn the eggs. Here are a few ideas to consider. 1. The well-known Paas coloring kit still remains a classic favorite, replete with dipping spoons and colored […]

Readers write

A word about the tax sale

Each year the publication of the “Tax Sale Listing” in your paper generates a number of questions from people across the county. In the past we (you) ran a preface to the listing, explaining the process and the law requiring this listing. Perhaps we should have done the same thing this year and, in turn, might have answered many of […]

‘Focus … to make our town better’

For the past few months I have read in the newspaper some incorrect statements regarding the Town of Cleveland. I would like to get the facts straight as the minutes from all council meetings will reflect on several subjects. Regarding the rehiring Wayne Owens: At the December 8, 2008, meeting Wayne Owens presented to the council a claim that he […]

Should we ‘find a new captain’?

What is the first thing you do, when you are on a ship that is sinking, afire, doesn’t have enough lifeboats for its occupants to escape, and all while its crew is in mutiny? Answer: You find a new captain. Alabama finds itself analogously beleaguered as the 2010 election cycle approaches. Jobless claims are at a 22-year high; legislators by […]

Former POWs are living casualties

Casualty is one of the several definitions given in most dictionaries for a member of the armed forces killed, wounded, or captured. Every year, by proclamation, the President of the United States declares April 9th as “National Former POW Recognition Day.” This date honors those who CAME HOME. Of the approximately 142,000 POWs from all our wars, there were 42,781 […]