Alabama Scene

A credible first year for Bentley

It was 1950 and I was an 8-year-old kid in Gaylesville, Ala. The state election was in full swing with 11 candidates running for governor in the Democratic Primary, the only game in town back then. The winner would be the next governor of Alabama, succeeding Gov. James E. “Big Jim” Folsom. Folsom was unable to seek re-election since back […]

Blount farmer takes second

Blount County farmer Kirk Smith took second place in the Discussion Meet during the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 90th annual meeting in Mobile last month. Cotton farmer Stan Usery of Limestone County won the competition and received $500 from the Alabama Farmers Federation and $500 from First South Farm Credit. He will travel to Hawaii this month to represent Alabama in […]

All about retirement

Social Security is as American as baseball and apple pie. Not everyone likes apples or baseball games, but almost every American who reaches retirement age will receive Social Security retirement benefits. In fact, 96 percent of Americans are covered by Social Security. If you’re ready to retire in the near future, this article is for you. We’d like to share […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 8, 1986

Migrant workers charge violation of civil rights Claiming their constitutional rights were violated during an illegal entry, search, and arrest June 26, four Mexican migrant workers have filed suit against Oneonta Police Department, Oneonta City Council, and two former policemen. Torbido Hernandez, Rufino Calderon, Rogelio Estrada, and Genaro Moctezuma filed the civil action in United States District Court Dec. 24, […]


AVOID UNWANTED LITTERS by getting your pet fixed now, before they go into heat. Pick-ups for transport to Alabama Spay/Neuter are twice a month in Oneonta and a rabies vaccination is included. Donations are requested to keep the program going. Call “Fix Your Mama!” at 967-8016 or 681-0920 for more information. THE ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring its first Super […]

Redskins take tournament titles

The Oneonta Redskins and Lady Redskins swept through their own Oneonta Holiday Classic and took home the titles. The Lady Redskins, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, pounded Priceville 59-36 and Southside 57-34 to reach the finals. In the tournament championship game, the Lady Redskins faced New Hope, Miss., a team ranked No. 3 in Class 5A in their home […]


The one with spirit

Background Scripture:Genesis 41:1-52.Devotional Reading:Genesis 49:22-26. Having just read Genesis 41 – our scripture for this week – I recalled an incident from my wife’s autobiography in which she recalls: “Having kept a dream journal for many years, Larry and I frequently discussed our dreams. In September I had the same dream several times: I was standing in front of a […]


74, Blountsville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Born in Blount County, Mrs. Adams was daughter of the late Grady and Rosa Lee Holly and widow of Onnie Ray Adams. She was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church and a homemaker. Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Adams was predeceased by a sister, Bessie […]


69, Blountsville, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2011, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Born in Blount County, he was son of the late William Issac and Vonila Maxine Huffstutler Blackwood. A truck driver with Rock Sales, Mr. Blackwood also loved to fish, travel, and farm. He was a loving family person and devoted husband. Besides his parents, Mr. Blackwood was […]


77, Locust Fork, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2011, at the residence. Born in Alabama on Jan. 9, 1934, he was son of the late Luther W. and Velma Adams Blackwood and husband of Syble Self Blackwood. Mr. Blackwood, a United States Army veteran who served in the Korean War, was a security guard with 41 years of service at Stockham […]

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