Alabama Scene

Surprise! A rational State Supreme Court ruling

The Alabama Supreme Court has rejected a state senator’s lawsuit to stop Alabama from giving driver’s license exams in multiple languages. The decision was actually an easy one for the court because just about every advocate for business growth and development in our state supports it. “A decision the other way would have been an ‘economic killer’ for Alabama” is […]

Snead council considers training mandates

The Snead Town Council set a time for its ethics training and mandated all its utilities department workers obtain both waterand sewer-plant certifications. Because of passage of new state laws, town clerk Rae Ware explained, the mayor and council must view a required video on ethics. Councilorsseta6p.m.worksession at the town hall before their next regular meeting on March 14 to […]

911 call leads to shots fired at officer

Two men are in custody at the Blount County Correctional Facility after a weekend dispute over money resulted in shots fired at an Oneonta police car. Officers with the Oneonta Police Department responded to a 911 call Saturday afternoon in the Hoods Crossroads community. Officers discovered that a man had been assaulted by two men, resulting in the victim being […]

News flashes from Oneonta Public Library

Lots of things are happening at the library. Lots of different things. If the items below seem disconnected, they are. It’s a mixture of unrelated topics, but they’re all potentially important to some group of library users. So they’re all lumped together under the same sizzling headline. Home school parents A new section at the library is designed to meet […]

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Senior citizen meetings set for Snead, Blountsville

Hope House and M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) will team up to provide senior citizens a comprehensive overview of benefits available through various local, state, and federal agencies and programs. Presentations are scheduled at two Blount County locations: Snead and Blountsville. The Snead meeting will be held at The Sanctuary at the Crossroads Church at 10 a.m. The […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat,

March 19, 1986 County coaches tie on move to drop Oneonta With three of the six head basketball coaches in the county system opposing a proposal to drop Oneonta from the county basketball tournament, the move has been laid to rest, at least for now. The proposal called for the six county schools to play a tournament with its finals […]

Living Well

PREVENTING INJURIES FROM EXERCISING If you exercise for any length of time, chances are you will experience some type of injury. Most of the time, it’s minor aches and pains, maybe a little muscle soreness, but sometimes it’s a little more serious. It’s inevitable. If you exercise on a consistent basis, life will almost always interfere in one way or […]


Season well underway for area teams

The spring sports season has begun and that means it’s time for baseball, softball, soccer, golf, tennis, and track. Baseball and softball have been going for a couple of weeks now. The Blount County Baseball Tournament is being held this week at Susan Moore and Appalachian. Appalachian is hosting Cleveland, Locust Fork, and Oneonta while Susan Moore is the site […]


GIRLS SOFTBALL UMPIRES are needed in Blount County for the upcoming season. Those interested should contact Mikey Yarbrough at 205-238-4814. BLOUNT COUNTY SOFTBALL registration has begun at parks throughout Blount County. Parks participating this year include Royal, Snead, Oneonta, Cleveland, Appalachian, Blountsville, Southeastern, and Locust Fork. For more information, contact a park representative. The league is open to players ages […]


CHOICE FOOD, CHOICE MUSIC Lee Alexander’s staff of Charlie B’s will prepare the menu, and the musical comedy trio Three on a String will entertain at the Children’s Center’s annual fundraising dinner Tuesday, April 5. Businesses, organizations, and individuals may sponsor tables of eight for $250. General admission per person is $32. NECTAR’S NEXT TOP MODELS will be on stage […]