First responders attend farm safety day

Emergency medical technicians and volunteer fire departments from five counties participated in the fifth semi-annual farm safety day at Miller Farms in Snead on Saturday, Aug. 18. Fifteen departments across Blount County were represented at the event. The participants were educated on the proper techniques to use when someone is trapped in farming equipment. Lance Miller, a farmer, says this […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 28, 1930

Meridian Highway to be Completed Assurance that the Meridian Highway from Huntsville to Oneonta would be completed was given by Governor Graves to a delegation that appeared before him last Thursday to learn about the plans of the State in reference to this road. There are two convict camps at work on this highway, one located near Whitesburg and the […]

Susan Moore opens on Thursday night


The high school football season kicks off this week – and there could be some dodging of rain for the next couple of nights, depending on what Isaac does. The season will get started with a renewal of an old rivalry tomorrow night ( Thursday) when Susan Moore visits West End. The other teams in the county will be in […]


Feed my sheep

Background Scripture: Ezekiel 34:1-31. Devotional Reading: Psalms 23. In the near East, the metaphor of shepherding was and, to a degree, still is a familiar one. And although it is less familiar to our society and culture, it is easily understandable for us even in these times of massive urban communities and high technology. It does not take much imagination […]


50, Remlap, died Aug. 21, 2012, at the residence. Mother Linda Chandler Kyser Taylor, brother Brad Kyser, and grandson Justin Hammett predeceased her. Surviving are father Johnny Taylor; son Gary (Brandy) McClendon; daughter Misty (Larry) Carrion; grandchildren Chasity, Brittney, and Felicity McClendon, Kaitlyn and Delton Carrion; brother Lee Taylor; sister Debbie Davenport. The family will hold a memorial service at […]


80, Bessemer, died Aug. 26, 2012, at Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham. Funeral services will be held today, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. at Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel with burial at Gibbs Chapel Cemetery in Blountsville.


52, Holly Pond, died Aug. 21, 2012, at UAB Palliative Care Center, Birmingham. Mr. Duke was predeceased by father George Wayne Duke; grandmother Mildred Johnson; and stepfather Frank Blair. Surviving are wife Arlene Duke; mother Ella Mae Blair, Birmingham; stepmother Sarah Duke, Remlap; brothers George Wayne “Buddy” (Kaye) Duke II and Samuel Hoyt Duke, both of Birmingham; sister Patty Duke, […]


70, Altoona, died Aug. 20, 2012, at the residence. A tile contractor, Mr. Faucette served in the U.S. Army as an Army Ranger with the 82nd Airborne Division. Parents Wilburn Hiram and Fannie Frances Newton Faucett and sister Betty Yarborough predeceased him. Surviving are wife Jennie Faucette; sons William “Bill” Montgomery, Springville, and Buzzy Faucette, Birmingham; daughters Salena Miller, Cleveland, […]


72, Easley, died Aug. 12, 2012, at the residence. Parents John Kaufman and Johnny Bell Hastings Kaufman-Cornelius predeceased her, as did husband Junior Faulkner. A Blount County school bus driver for 36 years, she retired, but went on to serve as an aide on the multi-needs school bus. Surviving are sons Danny “Yogi” Faulkner and John Paul “Bo” Faulkner, both […]


63, Altoona, died Aug. 21, 2012, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, Albertville. Mr. Gillilan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, worked with the city of Gadsden, then with Goodyear for 22 years. Father James Ray Gillilan predeceased him. Surviving are wife Diane Smith Gillilan; daughters Dana (Melton) Terrell, Florida, Danae’ (Robert DePaemelaere) Ford, Altoona; grandchildren Stormy Ford, Connor […]