Fire department grant for Ricetown

Ricetown Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $178,600 grant through a federal vehicle acquisition program. Grant monies can be used for purchasing pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, foam units, and fireboats. Tim Frye, Ricetown fire chief since the ’90s, says his department is using the grant funds to purchase a new fire engine/ pumper, which is […]

Gas prices rise in Alabama

Average retail gasoline prices in Alabama have risen 7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.92 a gallon on Dec. 28. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.03 a gallon, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Alabama during the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 23, 1948

New senior high school building to be erected Contracts for the construction of the new 11- room senior high school have been awarded by the County Board of Education to Hoar and Sons Construction Company of Birmingham. The contractors have erected a tool house on the proposed site and will soon be ready to lay the foundation of the new […]

Casey to hold worthless check workshop

Blount County District Attorney-elect Pamela Casey will host a worthless check recovery workshop on Thursday, Dec. 30, in the Oneonta municipal courtroom. The workshop, which is open to all Blount County merchants, will focus on identifying bad checks before they are ever accepted and detail the steps a business must take in order to collect on a worthless instrument. “When […]


79, of Trimble, Cullman County, died Dec. 19, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and reared in Cullman County, he and his father owned and operated cotton gins in Brooklyn, Rock Springs, and Blountsville. After serving in the Army, Fred built the first laundry in Blount County in the 1950s. He was owner of Crumbley’s Coin Laundry Equipment […]


57, died Dec. 24, 2010, at his Oneonta residence. A disabled salesperson, he was the son of Edna Blanche Reid Harris of Vincent and the late James D. Harris Sr. Surviving besides his mother are wife Phyllis Elaine Frye Harris; sons Jamie (Emily) Harris and Matthew “Downs” Harris, both of Oneonta; daughters Abby Harris of Susan Moore and Heather Coleman […]


64, died Dec. 21, 2010, at her residence in Pinson. Born in Mulga, she was the daughter of the late John Clifton West and the late Avis Kathleen Minyard. Of the Baptist faith, she loved to cook and be with her grandchildren. Surviving are husband Jerry Clifton Hogland; daughters Michelle Hogland Sanders and Robbin Hogland Gaye; brothers Larry, Teddy, Ronnie, […]


87, of Altoona, died Dec. 20, 2010, at his residence. An Alabama native, he was employed as a steel worker. Predeceasing him are wife Edna Nell Gaylor Holland; parents Jess E. and Beulah Watson Holland; children Steve and Joann Holland; sisters Euell McMahan, Jewel Johnson, and Juanita Willard. Surviving are sons Mark A. (Dianne) Holland of Altoona and Bryan K. […]


71, died Dec. 20, 2010, at his Hanceville residence. Born in Cullman County, he was the son of the late Gus and Florence Kinney Kretzschmar. He was a lumber contractor and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Surviving are wife Wilda Jenkins Kretzschmar; son Darrell Kretzschmar; grandson Dallas Kretzschmar; and sisters Diane (Jerry) Hollis and Louise Absher. John Jankins conducted […]


58, of Trafford, died Dec. 21, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Lakeland, Ga., she was a disabled poultry worker. She was predeceased by her father William J. Morgan. Surviving are mother Ada Inez Able Morgan of Spoonhandle; brother Phillip (Gloria) Morgan of Locust Fork; sister Terrie Morgan Weaver of Spoonhandle; nephew and niece Joey and Erica Morgan of Locust […]