Making downtowns come alive

Without the substantial risks developers and city leaders took several years ago in initiating construction of the riverfront baseball stadium contrary to the community’s conventional wisdom, “we might still be waiting for downtown Montgomery to take off,” said developer Jerry Kyzer. Kyzer is one of the developers who has participated in the remarkable renaissance of downtown Montgomery that has occurred […]

Blount County do you smell the odor emanating from the county commission?

Most of the good people of Blount County do not have time to oversee what goes on in the county commission office, but there comes a time when even working people need to pay a little attentioin to what is happening. Speaking of PAY, have you had a four-thousand-dollar raise recently? The odor of largess coming out of the commission […]

Memories of the Rice Howard family

It is the memories of The Southern Democrat and the Rice Howard family I love the most! Rice Howard once said, “Our lives here are ruled by the need to get our newspaper out!” I saw how that was like after school while in the 7th-grade (1947). I used to help sweep up for Mr. Howard when the newspaper was […]

Vote ‘yes’ on proposed Amendments #2 and #4

Gladly, I will admit that I am uneducated in most areas, and I write this seeking education. It has come to my attention that as late as the latter part of last week, a motion was filed by the League of Municipalities against Blount County and Proposed Amendment #2, a local amendment, and Amendment #4, a statewide amendment. These amendments […]


ENJOY FOOTBALL; HONOR SURVIVORSThe night of the Oneonta/ Susan Moore football game Friday, Oct. 19, will be a special one for all who fight against breast cancer. The two teams will honor breast cancer survivors by making them “honorary” team captains at the game, to be held at Oneonta’s Gilbreath Stadium. Pink balloons, which can be purchased for $1 each, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 18, 1948

Freeze Costs County About Half Million The cold freezing weather which hit Alabama, and particularly Blount County, late Sunday night and into Monday, struck a deadly blow to Blount’s late tomato crop. The unexpected cold snap, which sent the thermometer 4 and 5 degrees below the freezing mark, caught the tomato growers completely by surprise. As one farmer said: “I […]


JAKE SIMMONS DINNER, RAFFLE A chicken-finger dinner and raffle drawing, with proceeds to be used toward medical expenses for Jake Simmons, will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Cleveland High school cafeteria. Raffle winners’ names will be drawn by Jake, a senior at Cleveland who was diagnosed with leukemia last January; he and […]

A season of gourds

Ruth and Travis Holloway hit the jackpot with a single $1.59 packet of long-handled dipper gourd seeds this year. They’ve already harvested between 600 and 700 like the ones shown here, and the 100-foot (more or less) row of vines appears to bear nearly that many more. Many are about the size of those shown, but there’s one grandaddy still […]

Covered Bridge Festival already underway

The pageant held at Oneonta High School Sunday opened the 27th annual Covered Bridge Festival here. Having been crowned 2010 Miss Covered Bridge, Meghan Muncher of Jasper will now carry her ballet en pointe performance and her platform “My Arts Kids” to the Miss Alabama Pageant for her fourth appearance there. On Thursday, the Covered Bridge Golf Classic will be […]

Brown named state school nurse of the year