Cleveland students take on world in math tourney

The newspaper inadvertently printed the wrong article about the Cleveland students’ math competition in last week’s issue. For those who wondered, the corrected article follows. It was a noisy day at Cleveland Elementary School. Sounds heard from the classrooms were not the pitter patter of little feet, the chitter chatter of children talking, or the raspy rustling of papers. It […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat,

March 19, 1925 Prisoners Break Jail Henry Walden and Huey Burgess, prisoners in the Blount County Jail, sawed their way to Liberty last Thursday night. They affected their escape by sawing the bars from one of the windows in the third story, and descending to the ground by means of a rope made by tying blankets together. Walden weighs about […]

Living Well

EXERCISING DURING PREGNANCY Although she may not feel like running a marathon, a woman benefits greatly from exercising throughout her pregnancy. There is no doubt that exercise is a big plus for both you and your baby. It can help you feel better at a time when you wonder if your body can possibly be yours. Exercise can increase your […]

Hornets make finals of Oneonta tournament

Oneonta hosted the annual Oneonta Invitational Softball Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Oneonta Rec Park. Locust Fork, Hayden, and Susan Moore joined Oneonta in the tournament and all enjoyed at least some success. Kristen Ingram’s Lady Hornets dropped their first two games before battling back to make it all the way through to the championship game where they lost […]


ONEONTA YOUTH CHEERLEADER REGISTRATION will be Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rec Center. The initial fee of $25 will cover registration, mandatory insurance, and trophy. For more information, phone 625-3534 or email BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is now looking for officials for the 2011 season. For more information, contact Tim Clevenger at […]


WHITEWATER RACES Friends of the Locust Fork River will present the 20th annual Locust Fork Whitewater Classic Canoe and Kayak Race this Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and March 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at scenic Kings Bend in Cleveland. This is the third of the three races that make up the Alabama Cup competition. The […]

Worse than an unbeliever


Background Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-22. Devotional Reading: John 12:20-26. 1 Timothy 5 may appear to some as not being very relevant for us today. True, it is devoted to the life of a congregation almost 2000 years ago and today the geographical, historical, and societal settings are probably quite different from ours. For example, the organization and regulation of a […]


67, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at his residence in the Morgan City area of Union Grove. Born Dec. 27, 1943, in Blount County, he was the son of the late M.P. and Dessie Sterling Alldredge. He was a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church and a retired electrician for a construction company. Surviving are wife of 35 years […]


74, of County Line, died Saturday, March 19, 2011. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a member 34 years of County Line Baptist Church, and an ordained deacon since 1971. He worked in the coal industry 34 years with Calvert and Youngblood Coal Company, Alabama By-Products, and Drummond Coal. He later served as the Blount County commissioner for […]


51, of Pinson, died March 13, 2011, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. An electrician, he was the son of the late Billy and Betty Love Hall. Surviving are wife Judy Ann Hoinowski Hall; sons Zachariah (Samantha) Reynolds of North Carolina and Dylan Reynolds of Pinson; brother Tommy (Donna) Hall of Birmingham; brother-in-law Steve Hoinowski of Pinson. Roger Chappell conducted graveside […]