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The Southern Democrat, May 15, 1985

Courthouse remains open Saturday a.m. After backing and filling over the question, Blount County Commission voted May 13 to continue closing courthouse offices a half day each Thursday and Saturday. For longer than anyone present at the May meeting could remember, these have been the courthouse hours. But in some disgruntlement, Dist. 3 Commissioner Bill C. Hudson pointed out that […]


It’s never too early to teach good eating habits

Children today have terrible eating habits, usually much worse than their parents. Over time, these habits will lead to increased risks of degenerative diseases like heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Unfortunately, for many children that risk comes sooner rather than later: Facts: 40 million American children have abnormally high cholesterol levels; by the age of 12, an estimated 70 percent […]

Season ends in section tournaments for local teams


  Four Blount County high school softball teams made their way out of area tournaments to advance to section tournaments last week. However, for all but Susan Moore it was a short stay. Appalachian, Cleveland, and Locust Fork were a combined 0-6 in the tournaments with Appalachian and Locust Fork taking part in the north-central tournament at Liberty Park in […]


BLOUNTSVILLE YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players (ages 6 through 13) may register at Blountsville Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. Registration fee is $90. For more information, call Diane at 429-2406. DUKE UNIVERSITY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH DAVID CUTCLIFFE will be the guest of the Knights of Columbus and Corpus Christi Church at Breakfast with the […]

Appalachian’s Berkey, Pennington’s Sparks win state titles

High School Track and Field

  After a week of delays due to the swine flu scare, the Alabama High School Track and Field Championship Meet was moved from Troy State University to Gulf Shores. The wait was long but it didn’t matter to Appalachian’s Lydia Berkey and J.B. Pennington’s Andrew Sparks. Berkey picked up all 23 of her team’s points by winning 100- and […]

Redskin golf team qualifies for state tournament

  The Oneonta High School golf team had a rough first day at the state tournament Monday. The team, which had won the section tournament and finished second at the sub-state tournament, carded a 33-over 321 and was in fifth place, 18 strokes behind UMS-Wright, heading into the second and final day of competition. Oneonta won the section tournament at […]

The path outside the Garden


This article is one of a series on the faces and forms of addiction. It is a collaboration among Alden Brindle, intensive outpatient director at Hope House; his wife Marie, Hope House counselor; and writer Nancy Jackson. A child in the womb has no idea of right and wrong. The allegory of the Garden of Eden, with Adam and Eve […]


SINGINGS GRACE FELLOWSHIP ALLIANCE CHURCH will have singing Sunday, May 24, at 2:30. Guest singers include the Faith Chapel Singers, The String Band, Daily Bread, and more. Come and be blessed with music. Church located on U.S. 231 South near Jet Pep. Call interim pastor Ralph Gardner at 274-8381 for more information.   NECTAR BAPTIST CHURCH will have Blue Grace […]

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