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Will it be déjà vu all over again?

Yogi Berra has explained that his famous quote “It’s déjà vu all over again” originated after he saw teammates Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the early 1960s. Many political watchers in our state, referencing back to the Baxley-Graddick contest for governor in 1986, are now wondering if Yogi’s words might also apply to Alabama […]

Cleveland clarifications



Last week’s interview with Cleveland town councilman Doug Hill generated quite a bit of interest from readers. Fellow councilor Kandy Little, mayor pro tem, disputes a couple of statements by Hill. Little says that she never told Hill that she didn’t have time to make a copy of the resignation letter of Mayor Larry Longshore. Little says that Hill came […]

Commissioners discuss road-building changes



“The tar that we’re getting now is no good. I’m for putting down asphalt instead of putting tar and gravel on our roads and having them come all to pieces on us.” With that comment in Thursday’s commission work session, District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard touched off another installment of a similar discussion held repeatedly in one form or another […]

From the Archives The Southern Democrat, June 18, 1986



Annexation – Birmingham claims to be protecting water source Birmingham claims it moved into Blount County last week to protect one of its water sources. Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday of last week to annex Inland Lake, which Birmingham Industrial Water Board already owns and from which it sometimes sells water to Birmingham Water Works Board. Probate Judge Frank Green […]

King earns scholarship



Cody King is the recipient of a two-year University of Alabama at Birm-ingham Phi Theta Kappa scholarship valued up to $6000. He is the son of Kevin and Glenda King. King is a senior at Locust Fork High School where he’s a member of the Mu Alpha Theta honor society, National Honor Society, and baseball team. At UAB, he will […]

‘Teen Zone’ opens at Oneonta Public Library



A special area called the “Teen Zone” is dedicated to teen users last week at Oneonta Public Library by (from left) Alex Baker-Martin, 16, of Locust Fork; Kayla Tucker, 12, of Cleveland; Ellen Kilpatrick, 16, of Appalachian; Danielle Bailey of Locust Fork; library director Gail Sheldon; and Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray. The cozy space in a front corner of the […]

Boaz man dies in motorcycle accident



A 20-year-old Boaz man died Sunday after a motorcycle accident on Ala 75, about five miles north of Oneonta. Jonathan Derek Ramey was killed when his 2010 motorcycle crashed about 11:30 Sunday morning. The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the accident. Funeral services are scheduled for today at 4 p.m. at Etowah Memorial Chapel with burial to follow […]

Susan Moore celebration



Susan Moore Mayor Jamie Brothers and the town council are planning a big day to coincide with Alabama’s so-called “Yearlong party,” celebrating the Year of Alabama Small Towns and Downtowns. Town officials invite all residents, former residents, and fun-lovers from everywhere to come to the town hall on Saturday, June 19, to help celebrate the town’s rich heritage. In addition […]

Children’s Center gets $13,000 grant



Blount County Children’s Center has received a $13,000 grant for operating expenses. The grant was approved by the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, which serves Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Walker counties. Established as a public charity in 1959, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is dedicated to connecting people and resources with community […]

O-negative blood needed



As of June 10, the American Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region declared an emergency appeal for blood donors with the O-negative blood type. The supply of type O-negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels. Type O-negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients […]


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