Local growers, others comment on agricultural labor shortage

A meeting organized by area tomato growers and billed as a regional rally for agricultural growers and suppliers affected by the state’s new immigration law produced a turnout of about 200 last Thursday at Oneonta’s Agribusiness Center. The immigration bill has created a serious labor shortage for local growers as undocumented workers failed to appear to harvest fall produce. Agricultural […]

Grabbing a playoff spot

Weather siren grant approved for Cleveland

Cleveland will have two new weatherwarning sirens, one for the Five Points area, the other for the Concord area. Mayor Jerry Jones told council members at their monthly meeting Thursday that the Alabama Emergency Management Agency had approved the town’s application for a grant to fund the project. The council discussed the Drive for Lights underway to raise money to […]

Expected run of retirements begins

The Blount County Board of Education accepted the retirement resignations of Cleveland Elementary principal Dr. David Bradford and Susan Moore High principal Steve Hallman during last week’s special meeting. Bradford has 31 years in education and is in his 10th year as principal at Cleveland Elementary. Hallman has 21 years’ service and is in his third year at Susan Moore […]

‘We like the old-new look of the town’

Thanks, I now have my online subscription to your paper. My wife and I have visited Oneonta several times recently, scouting for a new place to move. We really like what we see in your area of Blount County and are excited about the possibilities of moving there after my wife retires next summer. I am a retired broadcaster and […]

Casa Bonita dedicated

About 50 people, representing more than a half-dozen agencies involved in development, recently attended the dedication of Casa Bonita housing complex, a 10-unit project, located on Kudzu Road just outside Oneonta. Building the $1.2-million project, owned and managed by Alabama Non- Profit Housing, involved a partnership among local, state, federal, and out-ofstate agencies to complete the project, which provides quality […]


Cowards. That is all I can say. That is the nicest thing I can say. This morning I walked out of my home to take my daughter to day care and found that someone had destroyed my mail- and paper-box on Patton Rd. At first I thought that this was the work of someone playing “mailbox baseball”. However after seeing […]

Alabama Scene

The Speaker, his book, and Auburn University

Last month the political newsletter “Inside Alabama Politics” reported that Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard of Auburn had turned his attention earlier this year to writing a book on the rise of the Republican Party in Alabama. The planned title is Storm in the State House, and the book will be published by New South Books of Montgomery. Hubbard […]

Headwaters: a Journey on Alabama Rivers: a portrait of state’s natural beauty

As a part of this year’s Covered Bridge Festival, the Friends of the Locust Fork invited conservation photographer Beth Maynor Young to share her experiences as she presented her latest book documenting the natural wonders of Alabama rivers. She did so Thursday evening at a public meeting at Hayden Community Center. The book’s opening paragraph describes the lavish 162-page natural […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, Oct. 23, 1947

Senator Hill Discusses County Hospital Senator Lister Hill, State Health Officer Dr. D.G. Gill, and Probate Judge E.C. Hudson told an audience at Blount County High School on Thursday evening about the efforts the national, state and county governments had made to give Blount County a hospital. Senator Hill and Dr. Gill assured the audience that the one-third of the […]