The Medicaid dilemma


It is basic public policy that you either have to raise taxes or reduce government services. It has become a cardinal sin in Republican politics to even say the word tax much less enact any increase in revenue. Our legislature is now overwhelmingly Republican and they are real Republicans. They take their “no new tax” pledge seriously as does our […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat October 8, 1959 Burglars break into Ray’s Store Burglars broke into Roy Ray’s Store on star route Oneonta early last Friday morning, Oct. 2, and stole between $2,500.00 and $3,000.00 worth of merchandise. Entrance was gained by boring through the door with an expansion bit, then reaching through and turning the bolt. The main loss was in […]

Blount Countian online poll shows big lead for wet vote

The Blount Countian’s online poll, taken for four weeks over the period Aug. 27 to the week of Sept. 17, tallied totals of 559 votes (69 percent) in favor of legalization of alcoholic beverage sales in Blount County to 239 votes (30 percent) against legalization; 11 votes (11 percent) showed “no opinion.” The question as stated in the poll was […]


ONEONTA BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION is now underway. Players in grades two through six can register at the Oneonta Rec Center Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. For more information, phone 625- 3534. TIGER TROT 5K/1-MILE FUN RUN will be Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. at Blountsville Elementary School. Registration is $20 for […]

Redskins roll past Bulldogs

The Oneonta Redskins scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters and rolled to a 42-0 victory over visiting Susan Moore last Friday night. Oneonta, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, improved to 5-0 with the win while Susan Moore dropped to 2-3. Oneonta got a 2-yard touchdown run from Tyler Smith and Cody O’Toole touchdown passes of […]

Corner holds off Hayden

The Corner Yellow Jackets built a 28-0 second-quarter lead and then held on for a 28-22 victory over visiting Hayden last Friday night. Corner improved to 2-3 with the win while Hayden fell to 0-5. The Yellow Jackets were led by quarterback Blake Byrd, who ran for touchdowns of 1 and 5 yards and fired touchdown passes of 47 and […]

Return to region play


We are at the halfway mark of the high school football season and that means it’s time to assess each team’s outlook – at least as far as region races and playoff consideration. Appalachian – the Eagles are 0-4 overall and 0-4 in 1A Region 6. Most of the region heavyweights are in the rearview mirror – except for Ragland […]

Addison runs over Appalachian

The Addison Bulldogs rolled up 279 rushing yards in an 18-0 victory at Appalachian last Friday night. Addison improved to 3-2 overall, 3-1 in 1A Region 6, while Appalachian dropped to 0-4 overall, 0-4 in the region. Playing without starting quarterback James McMunn, who is out for the remainder of the year with a knee injury, the Eagles managed just […]

Hornets too strong for Tigers

The Locust Fork Hornets outscored the J.B. Pennington Tigers 21-2 down the stretch to pull away for a 48-24 win in Blountsville last Friday night. Each team’s record now stand at 1-4 on the season. Locust Fork got a big night from senior quarterback Geoffrey Bramblett, who completed 13 of 24 passes for 206 yards with four touchdowns and an […]

Panthers pound Patriots

The Cleveland Panthers roared back from an early 6-0 deficit with a 35-point run to take care of the West End Patriots 35-6 in front of a big homecoming crowd at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium last Friday night. Cleveland improved to 2-3 overall while West End dropped to 0-5 on the season. West End started quickly, taking the opening […]