Letters to the editor

To Cleveland citizens

I feel that I owe you an explanation of why I have not attended any town council meetings since Mr. Longshore resigned as mayor. The reasons have to do with the fact that too much time was being spent on personal vendettas against past and present town employees. Some of the procedures and executive sessions were not being handled in […]

Church will welcome you

In response to the Open Letter to Churches in the Oct. 28 issue, from D.J. White, asking Welcome #2 Baptist, “Where are you?”: The church is in Jefferson County and is in the Blount County Baptist Association. Directions to the church: you go south on Ala 75 through Palmerdale. There is a large gray church on the left at Fauatte […]

Bill would assist pet owners

I would like to inform pet lovers and those annoyed by other people’s pets of the H.R. 3501, the Humanity and Pets Partnered through the Years (HAPPY) Act which was introduced by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) on July 31, 2009. At the present time this bill has been referred to the House Ways & Means Committee where it awaits further […]

Search for new superintendent begins

Oneonta City Board of Education

Interviews will begin next week as the Oneonta City Board of Education starts the search for a replacement for retiring superintendent Jack Housch. During Monday night’s work session, the board discussed the process and timeline for selecting a new superintendent and then reviewed the applications and resumes of the 32 applicants. After much discussion of the individual candidates – names […]

2009 Veterans Day Parade rolls at 10 a.m. this Saturday

Lineup 9 a.m. Sav-a-Lot parking area: bands, floats, buses, troops, and groups

Imaginations run wild

Members of the Oneonta Elementary School faculty surprised the students when they dressed up in their Halloween-best last week. Spotted were H1N1 and swine flu characters, sloppy Joes, M&M’s, Dirt Devils (cute advertising ploy), Pink Ladies (for all you Grease fans), and an assorted collection of animals. The sixth-grade teachers even dressed up as a ‘70s pop group that has […]

Snead holds over question of transferred abatement, raises employees’ pay

Continuing misgivings expressed at the earlier Oct. 12 meeting, the Snead Town Council failed to garner the unanimous vote necessary to apply its 2008- approved tax abatement for Quality Mills newer owner Michael Dendy. Because the action comes in a resolution, the council needed unanimous approval to act on the same night of the resolution’s introduction. The matter should appear […]

Pass v. Cleveland to be continued

Litigation between the Town of Cleveland and Steve Pass was again brought before Judge Steven King, this time last Thursday. Pass, town water superintendent, was allegedly demoted in January 2009 and his salary reduced by more than $14,000. One week earlier, the case was originally scheduled, but there was no representation present for the town, which led to rescheduling for […]

Newspaper begins 117th year of publication

The first issue of The Southern Democrat was published Oct. 18, 1894, in Blountsville. The paper moved to Oneonta four years later. The county seat had been moved here in 1889. The paper was initially housed in a small wooden frame building on the site of the present courthouse annex. It then moved across Second Avenue into a brick structure […]


A stoneship priesthood

Background Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-17. Devotional Reading Deuteronomy 10:10-15. Our passage this week has more concerns than I can cover in one column, or than you are likely to comprehend in one reading or class session. Perhaps a series of questions can help us plumb the depths of these passages. Each of you must supply your own answers. 1. “So […]