Tribute to an ‘angelic lady’

Almost nine years ago, my sister, Sarah Fay, and I met Vivian [NeSmith] in the aisle of the First Baptist Church, Oneonta. Our encounter was the beginning of “Bless Be the Tie” that binds our hearts in Christian love. The joys of our friendship are too numerous to share. Because my sister and I are our only living family, we […]

Tips for better eating

Give kids whole-grain cereals for breakfast, kid-friendly “white” whole-wheat bread for sandwiches, crunchy whole-grain crackers for snacks and whole-grain pastas for dinner. Eat more fruits and vegetables at every meal. At breakfast, enjoy fresh or frozen berries on cereal, slices of melon or a glass of 100 percent orange juice; at lunch, serve baby carrots or sliced apples; for dinner, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 6, 1954 High Schools Graduate 223 seniors Blount County’s six high schools are graduating 223 seniors this year. Last year’s graduates totaled 235 seniors. The senior class at Oneonta High numbered 67; J.B. Pennington 52; Susan Moore 48; Hayden 21; Cleveland 18; and Locust Fork 17. Graduation exercises were held the first week of May in […]

Oneonta golf team wins sub-state tournament

The Oneonta High School golf team captured the 4A Section 2 Tournament at Limestone Springs and then shot a 300 and edged out UMS-Wright in a playoff to win the South 2 Sub-State Tournament at Sylacauga Country Club. The Redskins have advanced to the state tournament which will be played next week (May 9-10) at Magnolia Grove in Mobile. Pictured […]

Storms change schedule for spring sports

Last week’s tornado outbreak resulted in the postponement of playoff action for several spring sports. Baseball’s second round was postponed from Friday and Saturday last week to Monday and Tuesday of this week. Golf sectional and sub-state tournaments were postponed and track sectionals were postponed. Several events were even moved, including the 1A-2A Section 3 golf tournament that was moved […]


SHADOE PUNZEL, a senior sports and fitness management major from Oneonta, has been selected as a 2011 Troy University IMPACT leader. He is one of 14 students who will represent Troy this summer during freshman orientation. IMPACT leaders offer incoming students academic advice and help with course registration. They serve as resources to campus involvement and other opportunities available at […]


JACOB B. EDWARDS, an Air National Guard Airman 1st Class, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

‘Chainsaw ministries’

Volunteers work to clear debris at the home of John and Janice Graves on Joy Road in Blountsville. The Graveses knew that last Wednesday’s storms damaged houses and downed hundreds of trees, so they were surprised Friday morning when seven men arrived at their home carrying chainsaws and ropes. The volunteers practiced their “chainsaw ministries” by spending hours sawing away […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is now looking for officials for the 2011 season. For more information, contact Tim Clevenger at 205-617-1102 or Blake Pettus at 429-2079.

Tax at rack, indexing could help relieve A Silent Crisis

Passage of Senate Bill 79, referred to as “pay as you go” and now pending before the Legislature, would allow a county commission to call for a local referendum on whether to impose a tax up to 5 cents per gallon for up to five years in the county, to be earmarked for specific road and/or bridge repair projects. Citizens […]