Locust Fork names field house in honor of Hallmark

During the Tuesday, Sept. 4, Blount County Board of Education meeting, the board adopted a resolution to name the Locust Fork High School field house as the “Jeff Hallmark Athletic Facility.” The resolution states, “Whereas Jeff Hallmark spent much of his adult life devoting much of his time to the betterment of the Locust Fork High School athletic department; be […]

From the Archives

The Southern DemocratSeptember 14, 1950 Local Guard Company To Leave This Week Blount County’s National Guard Unit, made up of 139 enlisted men and three officers, were royally entertained over the week-end, prior to their leaving for Ft. Knox this week. Saturday a barbecue was arranged for the guardsmen at the Oneonta Grammar School, followed by a dance at which […]

Bulldogs outlast Panthers

The Susan Moore Bulldogs bounced back from an early 7-0 deficit to post a 35-21 victory at Cleveland last Friday night. The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in 3A Region 5, while Cleveland dropped to 1-1 overall, 0-1 in the region. Susan Moore led 21-13 at the half but Cleveland answered early in the third quarter on a 20-yard […]

Sumiton takes battle of Eagles

The visiting Appalachian Eagles rallied from a two-touchdown, halftime deficit to take a fourthquarter lead but couldn’t hold on as Sumiton Christian rallied for a 24-20 victory last Friday night. Sumiton Christian improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in 1A Region 6 while Appalachian dropped to 0-2 overall, 0-2 in the region. Sumiton Christian dominated early and led 14-0 after […]

Springville holds off Hayden

The Hayden Wildcats once again left points on the field and fell 21-20 to region rival Springville last Friday night. Springville improved to 1-1 overall, 1-0 in 5A Region 6, while Hayden fell to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the region. The two teams traded touchdowns in the second, third, and fourth quarters and the difference in the game proved to […]

Time to circle the wagons for some teams

All eight schools in Blount County will be on the field this week and this week is region play for all of them. Appalachian will get a chance – maybe their last one – to make a statement in 1A Region 6 and get back in the race as undefeated Falkville comes to the Mountain. Cleveland travels to Ashville for […]

Sardis wins shootout with Locust Fork

Sardis and Locust Fork combined for 116 points and 1207 yards of offense in a wild 68-48 Lion victory last Friday night at Locust Fork’s Gary Pate Field. Sardis improved to 1-1 overall, 1-0 in 4A Region 6, while Locust Fork fell to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the region. The two teams combined for 49 first-quarter points and Locust Fork […]

Redskins roll on

The Oneonta Redskins broke open a 7-3 halftime lead with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and cruised to a 28-10 victory over Guntersville last Friday night at Guntersville’s Chorba-Lee Stadium. The Redskins, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, improved to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in Region 6, while Guntersville dropped to 0-2 overall, 0-1 in the region. Neither team did much […]

Tigers too tough for Eagles

The J.B. Pennington Tigers got off to a rough start but then rolled to a 31-14 victory at Pisgah last Friday night. With the victory, Pennington improved to 1-1 overall, 1-0 in 3A Region 6, while Pisgah dropped to 0- 2 overall, 0-1 in the region. The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-0 lead by recovering a Tiger fumble […]


Mr. and Mrs. William Clayton Hopewell of Oneonta announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Ashley Elizabeth Hopewell to John David Crosland, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Grady Crosland of Little Rock, Ark. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Althea Johnson Dennis and the late William Ned Dennis of Albertville, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clayton Hopewell […]