The water’s just right…

Oneonta swim team member Danielle Davis breaks the water during Tuesday’s swim meet against Anniston at the Oneonta Aquatic Center. Oneonta won the District 4 meet and will compete in the state swim meet later this month at Cullman. – Rob Rice

Summerford tracks ‘footsteps of the Beast’ in economic woes

A key element in detecting fraud is finding accounting anomalies – transactions that just don‘t make sense – forensic accountant Ralph Summerford told the chamber breakfast crowd of nearly 200 last week. Those anomalies constitute the “footsteps of the Beast,” and are not always difficult to find, he said. “The Beast” is Summerford’s figurative image for fraud. The greatest incidence […]

Bids approved for coming year

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved several Child Nutrition program bids for the 2009-2010 school year during Monday night’s meeting. Bids approved were: bread – Sara Lee Bakery; milk – Barber’s Dairy; ice cream – Mayfield; produce – Forestwood Farm; and vendor – Buffalo Rock. In a related item, the board agreed to raise school lunches for employees and […]

O.K. and Betty Alexander:

A special connection with Independence Day

O.K Alexander qualifies as a card-carrying yankee doodle dandy. He is the sixth-generation descendent of John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence and sixth president of the then College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. Witherspoon emigrated to the U.S. to assume the presidency of the college in 1768. He had 12 children by two different wives. Only one […]


Astonishing authority

Background Scripture: Luke 4:31-37; 20:1-8 Devotional Reading: Isaiah 11:1-3 If you have visited the Holy Land, you almost certainly have been to Kapher-Nahum, which in our Bibles is rendered as Capernaum. This was the city that served as the headquarters of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Although born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, more than any other place, he considered […]



For many years the image of a “melting pot” was used to describe the experience of immigrants coming to America. The expectation was that as people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and religions make their way to our country, a sort of American cultural crucible would melt away all the differences leaving one homogenous social stew. And at some levels that […]


SINGINGS ALLGOOD CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH will have singing July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Evangelaires will be singing group. MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH singing Saturday night, July 11, at 7 with The Good News Trio and Sonny Jones of Moulton as specials. Earl Young and Milo Hamm, singing chairmen, invite all to attend. Church located on county road 47 in Blountsville. […]

Alabama Scene

The latest candidate for governor has an interesting past

The latest announced candidate for governor in the Republican Primary is the current governor’s longtime buddy and campaign coordinator, Bill Johnson, the head of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), the state spigot through which a lot of federal money flows. He has an interesting past. When Johnson left his ADECA post in 2006 to become the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 4, 1957

Two Post Offices to be closed According to reports, the post offices at Blount Springs and Bangor will be abolished and the business that has been transacted through these two offices will be handled through the Hayden office. The rural routes out of Bangor and Blount Springs will be labeled Hayden, routes 1, 2, and 3. The change is said […]


Dealing with gym intimidation

I was recently at a public event where I was talking to a lady about joining the gym. She stated that she really wanted to join but she was intimidated about coming in. After my conversation with her, I felt compelled to write this article. I know that a lot of people feel intimidated when they walk into a gym. […]

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