Warrior ‘tax grab’ case settled

A lawsuit filed in 2010 against Warrior by former Blount County District Attorney Tommy Rountree, representing the state of Alabama on behalf of Blount County, has been resolved with no taxes due from Blount County or its citizens, District Attorney Pamela Casey announced yesterday. The lawsuit was filed after Warrior passed an ordinance providing for the levy of privilege, license, […]

Two more candidates qualify as Friday deadline approaches

Craig Johnson, the incumbent, has qualified as a Republican candidate for the office of county board of education, place 1 (Hayden). Gary Strickland has qualified as a Republican candidate for District 4 commissioner. The final qualifying deadline is Friday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. Spokespersons for both parties have indicated they are not expecting any further candidates to qualify in […]


BLOUNT COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY and St. Vincent’s Blount will sponsor the 12th Primary Health Care Forum held at Heritage Twin Oaks Saturday, Feb. 22. Physicians will receive six AMA Category 1 credits and seven CEs will be awarded to RNs and LPNs. The registration fee is $75 for physicians and $50 for other medical professionals. Mail name, address, phone number, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 15, 1925

Noted educator dead Prof. W.Y. Adams, noted educator, minister, and legislator, died at the home of Tom Hudson, on Route 1, Cleveland, early Tuesday morning. He contracted pneumonia just a week ago while teaching at Concord and was never able to be removed to his home at Gum Springs. He was the founder of Walnut Grove College, just over the […]

Hornets bag big wins over Tigers

The Locust Fork Hornets and Lady Hornets each picked up signature wins last Friday with a home sweep of Springville. The victories were especially sweet for a couple of reasons. First, each avenged an early-season loss at Springville back on Dec. 6. Secondly, the wins came in 4A Area 12 play. The Hornets and Lady Hornets were scheduled to host […]


CLEVELAND SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL REGISTRATION will be on the following Saturdays – Jan. 21, 28, and Feb. 4 – from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the town hall. Cost is $85 for the first child, $65 for the second child, and $55 for each child more than two. For more information, contact Cassie Nichols (softball) at 447-3140 or Cassie […]


Background Scripture:Genesis 42:1-38: 45:1-28.Devotional Reading:Psalms 81:8-10. One of the most important lessons in life is embedded in the Biblical text we will be studying this week. When we find ourselves suffering or paying the price for someone else’s actions, when our resources seem so much less than the dangers before us, when we desperately stand before a trial that seems […]


69, Blountsville, died Thursday, 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 and Stone Sales, Mr. Blackwood also loved to fish, travel, and farm. He was a loving family person and devoted husband. Besides his parents, Mr. […]


89, Oneonta, died Jan. 8, 2012, at Golden Living Center, Oneonta. A devout Christian, she was dedicated to her faith and family. She was born in Mississippi to the late Pettus and Sally Miles Garrard, and was widow of James Randolph Clements. Surviving are daughters Linda (Larry) Reid, Dallas- Selfville, Judy (Charles) Sullivan, Pine Mountain, Kim (Patrick) Logan, Acworth, Georgia; […]


72 died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Devoted to her family and grandchildren, she was an active member of Pinson United Methodist Church, and enjoyed traveling, her farm, and country music. Mrs. Cox was predeceased by parents Isiah and Dorothy Moody, and brother Thomas Richard Moody. Married over 50 years, she is survived by husband Dwain; son Cecil Cox; daughters Rhonda […]

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