Utilities policies questioned

I have received your notice that effective Jan. 1, 2012, certain “service charges” will be assessed unless one’s water bill is paid in any manner other than cash, check or money order. In addition, a $1.00 charge is assessed if “you do not bring your bill when you pay”. As a retired person, these charges seem unreasonable and appear to […]

Parent Portal coming for Blount County schools

The INow Parent Portal will debut next month, according to the Blount County school system. Parent Portal, which replaces STI Home, will be available to parents of Blount County system students beginning Jan. 13. Parents will receive new log-ins and directions with the first semester report cards that will be sent home that day. Parents will be able to set […]

Oneonta council lacks quorum

Only Mayor Darryl Ray and councilmen Tim McNair and Ross Norris attended the Oneonta City Council’s scheduled Dec. 27 meeting. With three councilors (Hal Buckelew, Mark Gargus, and Danny Robinson) absent, the body lacked a quorum. Unable to conduct any official business, the three only heard from Oneonta Business Association (OBA) president Sherry Pierce and Revenue Commissioner Chris Green. Green […]


Last week’s Top News Stories of 2011 in Blount County contained a couple of errors in editing. The article contained the statement that District Attorney Pamela Casey said her office was not subject to the bid law. The article should have said that Casey said the fund in question was not subject to the state bid law. At another point […]

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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, […]

2012-01-04 E-Edition

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