Sessions breaks out into county with town meeting in Hayden

Hayden and the West Blount Development Association last week hosted a town hall-type meeting for U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions. It was only the second appearance by a U.S. senator in Blount County – outside of Oneonta – in a decade. Sessions had asked to meet in a particularly fast-growing section of the county, a need the new community center in […]


A ‘beautiful thing’

Background Scripture: Matthew 26:6-13. Devotional Reading: Deuteronomy 15:7-11. All four gospels speak of an anointing while Jesus is in Jerusalem. Mark (14:3-9) and Matthew (26:6-13) place it during Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem in the Bethany home of Simon the leper and the woman is not named. John also places it in the last week, but he identifies the woman […]



There once was a village called Alabama. There were many wonderful people who lived there. They were hard working, honest, and full of faith. They lived in nice homes, tried to raise nice children, and generally tried to be nice to each other. The village of Alabama elected a representative from among them to take care of the village. This […]

Church grows to become a parish

It was a blessed, red-letter day for the handful of members present when Calvary Episcopal Church was recognized as a parish in the Diocese of Alabama. Membership had to reach 40 in order for the standing to be achieved. Since its organization in 2002 the Oneonta church had been designated a “worshiping community.” The recognition came Saturday, Feb. 13, on […]


ALTOONA FIRST UNITED METHODIST invites all to help a missionary, eat a warm meal, and take home a soup bowl souvenir Sunday, Feb. 28. From 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., delicious hot soup or chili will be served with crackers or cornbread with “seconds” if desired. Select a bowl or mug from a large selection and, after your meal, church […]

Alabama Scene

Substitute bingo bill would give counties $41 million

A substitute bingo constitutional amendment will be introduced by State Sen. Roger Bedford (D) of Russellville that will give counties $41 million in taxes directly from bingo game proceeds in addition to the $250 million the original legislation would have provided to the state for education budgets and Medicaid. If you include the Medicaid federal match that would be created, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 21, 1929

Oneonta Home Burns A house belonging to E.A. Tidwell in the southern part of the town was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night of last week. The fire appears to have started in the attic or on the roof of the house. It was well under way and beyond control when discovered. The house was occupied by W.R. Perrin and […]


How to lose 10 pounds fast

When you just have to fit into that beautiful dress for the party, wedding, or other special event in your life… or you’re impatient to wear your favorite pair of jeans to see some old friends… or you just noticed you’ve put on a few extra pounds and you can’t stand the idea of everything feeling just a little too […]

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