Commission ‘does’ D.C.

Members of the Blount County Commission made their annual pilgrimage to Washington, D. C., recently, minus District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts, who had to remain behind because of his wife’s scheduled surgery. The annual trip combines a conference of the National Association of Counties with a visit to the state’s Congressional delegation. The conference included briefings on a number of […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 11, 1992

Mother serves time for child’s truancy A mother has served two days in jail for her child’s truancy. Issuing a 30-day sentence, Judge John Dobson suspended the remaining 28 days and placed the woman on probation for a year. If the child attends school regularly during that period, she will not serve the remainder of that time in jail. If […]

Living Well

Five tips for eating well and losing weight on a budget In spite of the daily announcements of slow economic recovery, the majority of the population is still feeling the effects of the recession. This is great news for cheap processed food manufacturers and fast food outlets because when budgets are tight many see no other alternative than to turn […]


Redskins sweep to county title

The Oneonta Redskins emerged as the champion from last week’s Blount County Baseball Tournament. Oneonta dodged wet weather during the week to knock out Cleveland in the first round at Appalachian and then Locust Fork in the semifinals and Hayden in the finals at Susan Moore. First RoundHayden 9, J.B. Pennington 1Locust Fork 7, Appalachian 6Oneonta 14, Cleveland 0 (5 […]

Oneonta KinderGarten Registration

ONEONTA KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION continues through Friday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, according to Leslie Self, principal of Oneonta Elementary Sch- ool. Each student registering must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011, and must bring a valid birth certificate, Social Security card, and a State of Alabama certificate of immunization. Students who […]

Cleveland JV wins Covered Bridge Classic

The Cleveland junior varsity baseball team won the season-opening Covered Bridge Classic that was hosted by Cleveland and Blountsville town parks. The Panthers defeated Sumiton Christian in the tournament championship game. Members of the team are Brody McAlpine, Joel Chacon, Chance Hollimon, Austin Roddam, Austin Smith, Lance Stephens, Kyle Blackwood, Dakota Johnson, John Michael Lauderdale, Kane Lochamy, Tristan Rittenhouse, Kasey […]


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 […]

Blountsville Senior Tigers win county championship


Spiritual fitness

Background Scripture:1 Timothy 4:6-16.Devotional Reading:Philippians 3:17-4:1. On Sunday mornings on my way to downtown Dallas, Texas, and our church, about half of my route is through beautiful Turtle Creek Park, where I am always amazed to see so many joggers along the way. I’m told that 60 years ago there were few, if any, runners on that route. What has […]


86, of Walnut Grove, died March 11, 2011, surrounded by family members at her residence. The Alabama native was predeceased by parents Irby and Daisy Alverson Yates; brothers Lester Yates and J.T. Yates; sister Dorothy Mae Hopper; and daughter-in-law Judy Whited Ashley. Her special pet is Tinko. Surviving are husband of 64 years Richard Ashley; sons Owen (Mary) Ashley of […]