Nix still going strong

Blount County Sports Hall of Fame

Conrad Nix has been roaming the sidelines as a head football coach since 1969. It’s a journey that has taken him from Lincoln to Haleyville, Talladega, and Albertville in Alabama and across state lines to Ocilla (Irwin County High) and Warner Robbins (Northside High) in Georgia. This journey continues but it has already earned him a place in the Blount […]


CLEAR SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH on county road 15 near Limestone Springs to have a community fish fry 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Plates of fish and chicken with all the trimmings for $7 (adults) or $5 (children); eat in or carry out. Proceeds to benefit church’s building fund. LESTER MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH to hold grief […]


Non Sequitur*

Background Scripture: Judges 6 – 8. Devotional Reading 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. These three chapters will be our only look into the Book of Judges at this time, but they reflect much of its content. The “Judges” were charismatic leaders who were called from among the people to lead in times of peril. Although initially military leaders, they often remained in […]



When it comes to Homeland Security, folks in Kentucky are not fooling around. Forget hiring more police officers or beefing up the resources of the National Guard. In Kentucky, the law states that in order to be safe from terrorists it is necessary to believe in the power of Almighty God. Seriously. In 2006 state representative and pastor Tom Riner […]


ONEONTA FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH invites all to hear Murray Tilles of Light of Messiah Ministries discuss “Meet the Jewish Jesus You’ve Been Missing” Sept. 20- 23. Sunday: 9 a.m. testimony about being raised as a Jew and then becoming a Christian at 9 a.m.; “Israel and the Middle East in Conflict” at 10:15 a.m. Monday: “God’s Heart for Jewish People” […]

Calvary to present organist in recital

Calvary Episcopal Church, 1002 Park Avenue, Oneonta, will present organist Samuel Burke Jr. in recital on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. The event is in celebration of the Calvary congregation’s 7th birthday and in dedication of the Hinners/Zimmer/Hand 6-rank pipe organ situated in the church’s nave. A reception will be held in the parish hall following the performance. Samuel […]

Alabama Scene

Meaningful debate needed about healthcare reform

Permit me to share my experience with health insurance. When I started work as a young man at the daily newspaper in Florence, I was provided individual health-insurance coverage and had the opportunity when I got married to add family coverage at my expense. In 1971 when I took a job with the State of Alabama I was also provided […]

The bookworm sez

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

Have you ever seen The Perfect Dog? Of course you have. It might be a Lab or a Lhasa; maybe miniature but mighty, or huge and huggable. The Perfect Dog understands conversation, has a wicked sense of humor, never does anything wrong, can flawlessly perform several different tricks on command, and might even have a streak of heroism in its […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 7, 1961

Notice: Don’t shoot nuthin’ at nobody Due to recent complaints received by Oneonta Police Department in regard to the use of pump guns, air guns, slingshots, etc., the department would like to bring the following ordinance of 1937 to the attention of each citizen: “Be it ordained by the Town of Oneonta, Alabama, that, on and after the date of […]


Healthy living made simple

We cannot be productive individuals in our communities, schools, churches, jobs, etc., if we are not healthy. We need to take responsibility for our health and the health of our families. The best place to start is with nutrition and exercise. Our approach to medicine is to treat disease rather than prevent it. We practice reactionary healthcare: Only when we […]