Wingo named head of Economic Development Alliance

The Blount County Industrial Development Board (IDB) has named Cynthia Wingo of Birmingham as executive director of the Blount County Economic Development Alliance, so named to encompass the full scope of marketing activities projected by the organization. Wingo, a former economic director for BellSouth, will have responsibility for bringing new jobs and larger retail and commercial opportunities to Blount County. […]

Breakfast to feature Alabama’s industrial relations director

Update from the chamber of commerce

The monthly Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held on Wednesday, April 22, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m., is sponsored by Spring Valley Beach, and features Tom Surtees, director of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. Mr. Surtees’s biography was summarized in a front-page article by Ron Gholson in last week’s issue of […]

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Play the Iron Bowl on Saturday

It used to be that Alabama and Auburn played football games on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. or within an hour or so of that time. Now when you get your college game day tickets there’s no time or date printed on them. That’s because cable and network television have taken over college football and the executives at those organizations, […]

Trying to find consolation for a non-authentic life

Addiction to uppers

A substance that acts on the brain to increase alertness and activity is called an upper or a stimulant. These substances are used to increase or maintain alertness, counteract fatigue in situations where sleep is not practical (while driving vehicles), to promote weight loss, to enhance the ability to concentrate, to treat depression, to boost endurance and productivity. A class […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, April 14, 1955

Plan Underway For Blue Bell Day The Merchants Committee of the Chamber of Commerce announces that June 11 will be Oneonta’s Blue Bell Day, when people of the town and county will show their appreciation for the local industry that furnishes work for 250 employees with an annual payroll of one-half million dollars. Established by Blue Bell, Inc., in 1947, […]



If you exercise for any length of time, chances are you will experience some type of injury. Most of the time, it’s minor aches and pains, maybe a little muscle soreness, but sometimes it’s a little more serious. This week I am focusing on what you can do to prevent injuries and on ideas for getting through an injury if […]

Is your family safe online?

Today’s generation of children and teenagers has virtually grown up with the Internet and it has become a necessity in the business sector. While it can also be an amazing resource for instant information, and social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter offer ways to make friends around the globe, the Web can be a dangerous place. All […]

Fighting the war against fire ants

When fire ants invade a yard, these aggressive insects can inflict pain on people and pets without warning. Similar to a wasp or hornet sting, the fire ant’s wrath can cause pain, itching, swelling, and in some cases, death. Every year, more than 10,000 people seek medical attention for fire ant stings. Close to 50 percent of those stung by […]

State playoffs start Friday


Four Blount County high school baseball teams have made the playoffs and three of those teams will host first-round series this weekend. Appalachian, Cleveland, and Oneonta all won area regular-season titles and will host in the first round of the playoffs this week. Susan Moore was the runner up to Sardis in Area 13 and will be on the road […]

Boosters to give away $10,000


The Oneonta Athletic Booster Club’s annual $10,000 give-away is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. The event, set to begin at 6 p.m. at O.R. Ratliff Gymnasium, is the group’s largest singleevent fundraiser for the year. Tickets are $100 each and will include dinner for two and door prizes. Only 300 tickets will be sold and are available from any club […]

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