Cleveland deals with full agenda



Cleveland will be seeing a familiar face in the police department this month. Mayor Jerry Jones recommended the town council consider former chief Tim Jones to fill the current vacancy. “Eight applicants were reviewed, and Tim was considered the best candidate for this position,” the mayor said. Tim previously served eight years as police chief. The council approved hiring Jones, […]

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Self – interest prompts letter writer



This is in response to the recent article regarding the Locust Fork Town Meeting on Aug. 24, 2010. I, along with the majority of the residents on Payton Lane, attended this meeting. I must concur with the Town’s response to Ms. Quinn’s letter, as it is a gross misrepresentation of the facts and attempts to mislead the reader for what […]

9.7 percent: The uncertain economy hits home



In July of this year, the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations released its Unemployment Data Report. The results showed that the rate of unemployment for Blount County jumped to 9.7 percent. In times of economic depression, few are spared the hardship that comes along with it. Though difficult for individuals and families, tremendous damage is done to local businesses. Specifically, […]

Best fair ever’



I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the folks in and around Blount County who supported this year’s Blount County Fair. From what I hear, this was the best fair ever and that was our goal. Two out of the three variables – weather and a new amusement contractor – were in our favor, and in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 18, 1985

County board borrows to pay teachers The Blount County Board of Education will borrow between $90,000 and $100,000 to pay teachers and support personnel raises for the first month of the current school year. State funds will cover the raises for the remainder of the year. The county board voted in a special meeting Saturday to make raises effective with […]

Oneonta hires and appoints personnel



Acting in a brief meeting attended by more than two score high school seniors, Oneonta city councilors officially hired Amy Myrick as library circulation clerk. The members also appointed city manager Ed Lowe to the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Mayor Darryl Ray, responding to a portion of Lowe’s regular report, set a public hearing on […]

Update from the chamber

Don’t forget Bentley and Sparks breakfast debate

The monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held tomorrow, Sept. 23, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m., will be sponsored by St. Vincent’s Blount, and features the respective Republican and Democrat nominees for governor, Dr. Robert Bentley and Ron Sparks. Bentley is a retired physician from Tuscaloosa and has served two terms (2002-2010) in […]

Senior agency offers flu vaccination/Medicare counseling events



The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) will host two combination flu vaccination/Medicare counseling events in the coming months. The first will be Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the Oneonta Senior Center. The second will be Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the Snead Senior Center. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Town of Locust Fork

Citizen has his say ... again

Locust Fork Town Council last week amended its 2010-11 budget, appointed a member to the planning commission, and discussed the schedule of its security patrol. But Charles Turner had none of those matters on his mind. He delivered a onehour tirade – briefer than the previous 90-minute one – condemning the utility license tax town officials had levied back in […]


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