Comment on Paleo Profiles

I would like to make a comment on the article on Paleo Profiles that was in The Blount Countian Aug. 4 edition, section B. I could not help but think of the comment sent to you on the Creation Museum the week prior to this article. The writer of the Paleo Profiles is well educated, to his benefit, and apparently […]

From the Archives

Archives The Southern Democrat, August 15, 1984

School board to save $60,000 Blount County Board of Education has taken action expected to save more than $60,000 during the coming school year. The board will let bids on four types of food needed for all lunchrooms instead of each school letting and awarding bids individually. The resulting lowered and consistent unit prices will enable the school board to […]

Free online service helps tobacco users quit

Alabamians tired of being addicted to tobacco have a new free service to help them quit. The service – www.alabamaquitnow .com – is a web-based program designed to work with the user to make a personalized plan for quitting tobacco. This service includes free master’s level counseling and four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy patches if the user is […]

Move underway to reduce number of college suicides

About 1100 college students in the nation take their lives each year, making their suicides the second leading cause of death among that population. That’s according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, whose Alabama chapter is joined by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in fostering a better awareness and understanding of suicide and depression among college students and […]

A mother’s journey to a happy place

Darla, DJ’s mother, worried because she was getting frantic calls throughout the night from DJ’s friends, asking how he was. After all, last time she checked, he was upstairs asleep in his bed. What she didn’t know was that he had been shot in a drug deal gone bad and was lying in his bed, wounded. The next morning she […]

Poll responders ‘care a lot’

All the readers who responded to the newspaper’s poll on Oneonta’s empty business buldings agree downtown Oneonta is dying and all say they “care a lot.” These changes are suggested: • more/better parking • more flowers • parking for handicapped • more/better sales • clean up/renovate stores • better signage to business district • major downtown anchor store • more […]

Locust Fork receives grants

Whiskey still seized

Deputies found and closed down a beerand whiskey-making operation Saturday at a private residence on Joy Road, according to Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington. Five stainless steel cookers used to make both white lightning and beer were seized in the raid along with about eight gallons of whiskey and 50 gallons of beer. The house where the contraband was recovered […]

Collection displayed at museum


History has it that when a young man came courting his girlfriend at her home, the father lighted a candle in a candlestick.When the candle burned sufficiently low, it was time for the young man to leave. If the father favored the suitor, he might use a longer candle. Such are the stories that surround early use of brass candlesticks […]


SIERRA A. CHIZ, an Air Force Reserve Airman, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in […]