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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 […]

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 […]

Severe weather approaching

In today’s fast-paced society, chances are someone’s cell phone is never out of reach. If it’s not in a purse or a pocket, it’s within grabbing distance, and this could be a positive thing when it comes to knowing when severe weather is close to home. Saf-T-Net allows Alabama residents to receive weather-related text messages directly to their cell phone, […]


To borrow or not to borrow

A good many of you have asked me to weigh in on the oil and gas money diversion referendum next Tuesday. As most of you know, I do not endorse or disavow issues or candidates. My purpose is to inform and entertain you as to the goings on in the world of Alabama politics. Therefore, allow me to explain this […]


TOWN OF NECTAR FUN DAY The town of Nectar will sponsor a “Fun Day” Saturday, Oct. 6, at Nectar Ballpark on state highway 160 in Nectar from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be music, food, arts and crafts, plenty of games, and inflatables. Phone Nectar town hall at 559-7780 for more information. ‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ has a new […]

Constitutional amendment election set for Sept. 18

The election set for Sept. 18 will be to vote yes or no on a proposed statewide amendment to transfer $437 million over three years ($145.8 per year) from the Alabama Trust Fund to the state General Fund in order to balance three successive fiscal year budgets while continuing the activities of state government departments without major cutbacks in levels […]

Help me understand

The alcohol sales referendum in Blount County will probably once again be on the November ballot, I am sorry to say. I do not understand some people’s logic for wanting to sell and tax alcohol, in my opinion, it will not help the schools, the learning environment, or roads. It will not improve the quality of the teachers, which I […]

Readers write

Charmed cobra

Alcohol is like a charmed cobra coming after our young people, middle-aged, and old people. We need to kill the snake. Stand with us against alcohol sales in our stores. It is poisonous and deadly, looking for prey. “At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder,” a quote from the Bible. Remember the health problems […]

District 34 primary turns into free-for-all

Six candidates, all Republicans, have qualified for the special election for District 34 State Representative. The election is being held Oct. 23 to fill the seat vacated by Elwyn Thomas who retired Aug. 31. The last day to register for the primary, if you are not already registered, is Oct. 12. The runoff election, if needed in the event no […]

Gregg Armstrong sworn in as revenue commissioner