A publisher ponders

A win all around

One witnessing it was quite carried away with the happening – for a happening it was – that took place at Gilbreath Stadium Friday night before the Susan Moore- Oneonta football game. The dramatic release of some 1500 pink balloons represented several thousand dollars raised by that and a number of related activities in the fight against breast cancer. The […]

Alabama Scene

Let’s talk a little football

There is nothing political on this Halloween Sunday night I can write that will convey any information about Tuesday’s election that most of you don’t already know, make the prospects for any candidate any clearer, or make the possibilities less scary … so let’s talk a little football. For the first time, at least in modern gridiron history, the Auburn […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 1, 1951

Citizens Organize Anti- TB Association The Blount County Anti-Tuberculosis Association was organized in Oneonta, Thursday night, October 25th, in a mass meeting of citizens from all over the county. Assisting in the organization were R.W. Lackmond, a member of the board of directors of the Jefferson County Anti- Tuberculosis Association, and Mrs. Inez S. Tuggle, the field secretary of the […]

The bookworm sez

On Hallowed Ground

He was somebody’s baby once, and treasured. His mother carried him nine months, anticipating the day she’d meet him; his father secretly hoped for a boy. His arrival was heralded, his childhood happy, his adolescence fleeting. He grew up to be a fine man, loved by family and friends, known for valor and conviction. And now his name is etched […]


Who needs it?

Background Scripture Psalm 66. Devotional Reading: Psalm 40:1-5. Often, when I am writing a lesson, sermon, or “The Bible Speaks” on a particular subject, I look for pertinent quotes on that subject in a number of sources. Today I wanted to see what I could find on the subject of “praise” and I was shocked to find only one quote. […]


ISRAEL AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD No situation in our world today has proven more contentious and seemingly unsolvable than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The insistence by Israel that the Holy Land is theirs by virtue of a gift from God, and the Palestinian claim that it is theirs because they were there first – well, hence the impasse. A synod […]


SINGINGS COMMUNITY CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN FELLOWSHIP will have monthly singing Nov. 14 at the church, located at Allgood, three miles south of Oneonta on Ala 75. Lunch will be served at 12 noon with singing following at 1:30 p.m. The Joyful Heart of Cullman will be guests. For directions or more information, call Marfaye Love, 274-0636. MT. VIEW BAPTIST will have […]


will have concerts featuring Terry G. Hall, Southern Gospel’s bass soloist and one-man quartet, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Pastor Luther Williams, 256-352-8946, invites all to attend. The church is on Center Springs Road at Little Shenandoah, off Ala 79 at Locust Fork.

Casey announces investigators

Blount County District Attorney-elect Pamela Casey has made the first two hires of her administration. Casey announced last week that police officers Randy Underwood and Jonathan Ledbetter had been hired as investigators for the office. “I’m very pleased to be able to hire these two men as my investigators,” she said. “I said from the start that I would surround […]

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