BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE The Blount County Democratic Executive Committee will hold its regular quarterly meeting Saturday, July 28, in the conference room at the Oneonta Public Library at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB will meet at the Cleveland Fire Hall Thursday, July 26, at 6 p.m. Special speaker will be nature and […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 24, 1980

Count verifies Blount’s growth Preliminary population count by the Bureau of the Census shows that Blount’s population increased 33.6 percent in the decade from 1970 to 1980, making this county one of the fastest growing in the state. The 1980 preliminary count registers 35,866 persons living in Blount compared to 26,853 in 1970. Probate Judge Frank Green says, “I had […]


Wildcat schedule: some old, some new

Steven Kerby’s Hayden Wildcats missed the playoffs by one game last year. Hayden finished the year 5-5 overall and tied for fourth in the region with a 3-4 mark. That motivation plus a new region schedule could see a return to the postseason for the Wildcats this year. Hayden will once again compete in 5A Region 6 but the region […]

Southeastern wins regular season title


BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION will meet Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at The Gym, across from Oneonta City Schools. DANNY B. HICKS SCHOLARSHIP MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Thursday, Aug. 23, at Limestone Springs. There will be two flights – 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. – of four-man teams for the scramble format. Entry fee is $400 per […]

Coed softball league forming


More Shalom!

Background Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-37, 8:1-6. Devotional Reading: Luke 15:11-24. Just as much of 1 Kings is dominated by the presence of the prophet Elijah, much of 2 Kings recounts the deeds of the prophet Elisha. Although their names sound almost alike, Elijah means “Yahweh is my God,” whereas Elisha means “God is my salvation” – their ministries were quite […]

Church Briefs

PLEASANT HILL FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH will have a singing Saturday, July 28, at 6 p.m. Guest singers will be The Dollar Family from Fayette, Tenn. The church is located on county road 10 between Blountsville and Hanceville. MT. CARMEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival services July 30 – Aug. 3. Prayer room will begin nightly at 6:45 with […]


MICHAEL JAMES ANDREWS, 33, Fort Benning, Ga., died July 1, 2012. Specialist Andrews had served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. He was predeceased by grandparents Prince McClellan, Robert Ernest, and Mary Andrews. Surviving are wife Tiffany Andrews, daughters Layla Michelle Andrews and Kelsey Jade Vantuyl; mother Linda (Lonnie) England, Oneonta; father James Andrews, Huntsville; grandmother Kathy McClellan, Oneonta; […]

Happy 100th birthday, Memaw!

Jessie Lou Harden McKee was born in Coffee County to Tom and Nancy Harden. She met her husband Onas S. McKee Sr. in Pike County and they moved to the Pinson area where they lived most of their 74-year married life. The couple had seven sons: Onas S. Jr. (Inez), Pinson; Bobby (Jo), Locust Fork; Neal (Jean), Oneonta; Charles (Gwen), […]

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