ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a called meeting Thursday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. in the boardroom. BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION has scheduled meetings for Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. and for Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. PINSON ROCK SCHOOL REUNION will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Pinson United Methodist […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 1 1957

Construction bid accepted on school Scott Hardware & Supply Co., general contractors of Alexander City, was the low bidder on the city’s new school construction program, the bid being $220,684.00 for construction on all three sites. Of the total of six bids received, the next lowest was $232,295.00. High bid was $272,450.00. Construction is expected to begin about two weeks […]

Football is just around the corner

High school football practice began this week for teams in the state and the seven schools in the county hit the practice field early. With temperatures in the upper 90s and the heat index well over 100 in the middle of the day, most coaches decided to go with two practices this week – one early in the morning and […]

50th wedding anniversary

Syble Hazelrig and Joseph D. Brindley were married Aug. 12, 1961, at Blountsville Baptist Church. Following their marriage, they returned to Jacksonville State College to complete their undergraduate degrees. They went on to earn master degrees and doctorates from The University of Alabama, and Joe did further study as a Kellogg Fellow at Michigan State University. For their dedication, support, […]

Honoring Our Graduates

Oneonta High School graduate Geneva Whitney Henderson received a bachelor of arts degree during summer commencement at Troy University. Graduates in the 2010-2011 class at Gadsden State Community College were these: Altoona – Bianca Chapman, Britnee Dillard, Amy Griffin, Logan Harrelson, Patrick Ledbetter, William Small, and Ryan Ward Oneonta – Kelli Barber

Palmer to renew vows

Bobby and Johnnie Palmer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by renewingtheirvowsina5p.m.ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at Philadelphia Baptist Church. Friends and family are welcome to attend. The family requests no gifts. Both Bobby Palmer and Johnnie Vann lived in St. Clair County and attended school in Springville before their marriage July 21, 1961. Rev. I.V. Rumsey performed the ceremony at […]


APPALACHIAN YOUTH FOOTBALL will hold final registration for players and cheerleaders on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon at the pavilion across from the school. Registration will also be taken by phone through that date. For more information, or to register, phone 625-6737. BASEBALL TRYOUT AND HITTING CAMP will be held at Total Baseball in Homewood on Saturday, […]


Whitney Morgan Gibbs and Jacob Aaron Sutton were married June 11, 2011,ina6p.m.ceremonyheldatWesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Decatur. Rev. Donald S. Neal and Rev. Dr. Bobby Green officiated. A reception followed at The Cedars 1859 antebellum home in Belle Mina. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Gibbs of Decatur. She is the granddaughter of Mr. […]

Public service message from Oneonta schools

This newspaper is printing the following as a public service message. The Oneonta City School System is required to have the information posted in the newspaper by the Office of Civil Rights. The Oneonta City School System offers career and technical education programs through the Blount County Career Technical Center. These programs are designed to prepare youth for a broad […]


Child of promise

Background Scripture:Judges 13; 21:25.Devotional Reading:Romans 2:1-8. I think it was Oliver Cromwell who admonished the artist who would portray him: “Mind, you paint me warts and all!” If Samson, the mighty Danite, had sat for a portrait, hiding his personal, moral warts would have been an almost impossible task. For, despite the fact that he is one of the best […]

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