Roger Bullard

Roger Bullard, 62, was born in Blountsville and raised on a farm on Hamilton Mountain Road. He attended schools at Royal Elementary, now closed, and entered high school at J. B. Pennington, dropping out in the tenth grade to go to work full time at what was then Spring Valley chicken processing plant, now owned by Tyson. He now lives […]

Andy Neill

Andy Neill, 60, was born in Cleveland and grew up in Blount County. He attended elementary school in Oneonta and graduated from J.B. Pennington High School in 1969. He attended college for one year at Jacksonville State and one year at Auburn University, in the pre-veterinary program, before returning to Blountsville to go into full-time farming. He lives on Adams […]

4A Northeast Regional

Anniston comes into the regional as the favorite – at least according to folks around Anniston. The Lady Bulldogs’ only blemish on the season was a 64-57 loss at Jacksonville on Jan. 12 Anniston won the other three games against the Lady Golden Eagles. The Lady Bulldogs are led by 5’9 senior guard Tiakeefah Huguley and 6’0 sophomore forward Quanetria […]

Sports Briefs

NECTAR YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will be Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the town hall. For more information, phone 914-1716. HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK CLUB will host a bass fishing tournament on Saturday, March 17, at Smith Lake. The entry fee is $50 per boat (it is tax deductible) and preregistration will end March […]


Self wins second title

Susan Moore junior Cody Self won the 195-pound state wrestling title with three straight pins, helping to lead the Bulldogs to the 1A-4A state title. Self, the state titlist last year at 189 pounds, pinned St. Clair County’s Josh Hardin in 3:38 in the finals. His three pins at the state tournament gave him a mat time of just 5:41. […]

Oneonta boys and girls roll on to Jacksonville

The Oneonta Redskins and Lady Redskins have qualified for the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University and each did it in style. The Lady Redskins put together a dominant defensive night and hammered visiting Guntersville 43-23 last Thursday night in the sub-regional round. Just 24 hours later, the Oneonta boys totally dismantled visiting DAR and rolled to an 80-49 victory […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 23, 1961

Over quarter-million dollar contract let for new Locust Fork High School Clyde Blackwood, county superintendent of education, announced Monday the awarding of a contract for Locust Fork High School to replace the structure burned last month. The new school will include 16 classrooms, a library, science department, kitchen and cafetorium, offices and restrooms. The building, said Mr. Blackwood, will be […]


BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Topic of the program will be volunteering with RSVP. Questions? Phone 274-7260 or 353-1221. SOUTHERN STATES SUPPORTS FFA PROGRAMS and will be selling FFA emblems for $1 each from Feb 24–March 18. The money raised will support FFA activities at the local and national […]

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith, 35, was born in Oklahoma, moving to Blount County at an early age. He grew up alternating between family homes in Trussville and the Blountsville area, attending schools in both areas, including J.B. Pennington and Hewitt Trussville High Schools. He received his general equivalency diploma (GED) from Jefferson State Community College in 1994. He attended Bessemer State Technical […]

Carthal Self

Carthal Self, 59, was born and raised in the Blountsville area, specifically in the Rock Springs community. He attended elementary school at Rock Springs, long since closed, and graduated from J.B. Pennington High School in 1970. He lives now on county road 30 in the Gibbs Chapel community. He is married to Ann Allison Self, and they have two children; […]