From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 2, 1937

FIRE RAZES LUMBER PLANT; WILL BE REBUILT AT ONCE A loss estimated at between $10,000 and $12,000 was sustained early Tuesday morning when the sawmill of R.L. Sawyer, on First Avenue, burned According to the first ones at the fire, somewhere between 1 and 2 A.M., the mill was then in a huge blaze and although the fire department was […]



I was recently asked by a current member, who is moving out of state, what was the best way for his family to choose a new gym in the area where they would be moving. I thought about what I look for in a gym while on vacation and also what I like to stress most in my gym at […]


A Gospel without words

Background Scripture 1 Thessalonians 1. Devotional Reading: Titus 2:11-15. Some scriptures can speak to us without our knowing much about their context or background. But 1 Thessalonians is clarified and enhanced by its historical context. For one thing, usually assigned a date in or near 50 AD, approximately 20 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, it is the […]



(This is the second of a two-part reflection on the faith and political contribution of former President Jimmy Carter.) While it is true that Jimmy Carter’s born-againism reintroduced conservative Christians into the political process, they didn’t stay with him. The conservative Christian base that Carter energized with his born-again campaign, rejected him for his liberal politics. Along with Dobson’s Focus […]

Mount Tabor Baptist serving 200 years

Longtime member Warren Weaver provides the following history in anticipation of the celebration of Mount Tabor Baptist Church’s 200th anniversary. The congregation invites former members and pastors and the public to the special service Sunday, June 13, at 11 a.m. and to dinner following in the fellowship hall. The historic structure is four miles southwest of Blountsville on county road […]


SINGINGS EDGEWOOD MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have singing Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m. with The Perrys as guests. Church located on county road 13 at Locust Fork. YOUTH VBS AUTUMNWOODS CHURCH, Dailey’s Chapel, 222 Bynum Drive, Oneonta; age four through sixth grade; through June 4; 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; theme “Fruit of the Spirit.” BLOUNTSVILLE BAPTIST; age kindergarten through […]


NEW COVENANT BAPTIST plans services each Sunday morning at 10:30 with potluck lunch following. Current meeting location is Concord Church Building, 1391 Deaverstown Road, Cleveland, AL 35049. Eric Hixon is pastor of preaching and vision, and Cliff Cook is pastor of preaching and discipleship. For more information, go to www.ncbconeonta. org. FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 898 Springville Boulevard, Oneonta, has new […]

Arrest made in Watkins murder

Almost one year after his death, an arrest has been made in connection with the death of Michael Shannon Watkins. Mokaddes Hassan Khan, 31, was arrested May 25 just outside of Atlanta by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department. He is charged with murder. The warrant followed months of work by the Oneonta Police Department with assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s […]

Couple lodges complaint with Snead council

Chuck and Lorraine Fancher pressed their case before Snead Town Council in its latest regular session. The unhappy couple explained that their son had parked the family car outside Chuck’s sister’s house on Broom Drive. The boy left the car there unattended as he has done on various other occasions. When he returned for the car, the son found it […]

Red, white, and blue

Oneonta municipal employee Keith Mardis hangs one of the many flags that the city flies each year in recognition of Memorial Day. The flags serve as a reminder for us to honor the veterans and the families of those who have served in the armed forces and helped to protect our country. More than 1 million American soldiers have died […]