Outside influences



Devil’s advocate here. Obviously someone planted signatures. Was it someone with access to a voter’s registration list? Did anyone else see the article in The Birmingham News a couple of weeks ago that the Secretary of State has been selling lists of voters? Just like someone was able to purchase the petition from the local probate office. It had to […]

Enough is enough



Up until now, I have kept my opinion to myself about the alcohol vote. I am not from Blount County originally. I moved here in 2005 from Gadsden to be near my grandmother. I am a supporter of the wet side. I’ve not said anything to anyone either way. I sit in church every Sunday and I do not ruffle […]

Special is not adequate



I moved to Blount County when I was six months old, 49 years ago. Myself, along with my children, graduated from Blount County schools. We owe it to our children to provide them a good “adequate” education. Please have an open mind and know the facts, then go share the facts. We have one of the lowest per pupil spending […]

Commission sets date for Oneonta school tax vote



In a special meeting called yesterday, Oct. 30, the Blount County Commission, in a 3- 1 vote, authorized a special election to be held on Jan. 15, 2013, for Oneonta citizens to vote on a school property tax increase. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong cast the dissenting vote. Armstrong said that based on his discussion with local citizens, “nobody was […]

From the Archives



The Southern Democrat October 31, 1935 Virgil Thomas Killed In Mine Strike Virgil Thomas, a resident of the Western part of this county, was shot and killed in a clash between union miners and men said to have been employees of the Alabama Fuel & Iron Co., near Acmar and Margret Mines in St. Clair County. The Birmingham Post of […]

Hayden takes advantage of Curry mistakes



The Hayden Wildcats forced six Curry turnovers and rolled to a 35-7 victory on the road last Friday night. Hayden improved to 2-7 overall, 2-5 in 5A Region 6, while Curry dropped to 1-8 overall, 0-7 in the region. Corey Ward and Luke Wall hooked up on touchdown passes of 3 and 16 yards in the first half as the […]

Oneonta overwhelms Sardis



Dominant defense? Check. Efficient, yet explosive, offense? Check. Region title? No doubt about it. The Oneonta Redskins decimated the No. 3 team in 4A Region 6 with a 49-0 win at Sardis last Friday night. Oneonta, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, improved to 9-0 on the year, 7-0 in the region. Sardis dropped to 6-3 overall, 5-2 in the […]

Regular season comes to an end



The high school football regular season comes to an end this week and that means that the year officially ends for five of our eight teams. Appalachian, Cleveland, Hayden, Locust Fork, and Southeastern will put the pads up after this week’s games while Oneonta, J.B. Pennington, and Susan Moore will be in the playoffs next week. One at home, two […]

Saints run over Hornets



The St. Clair County Saints locked up a playoff berth by piling up more than 600 yards of offense in a 56-27 victory over visiting Locust Fork last Friday night. St. Clair County improved to 4-5 overall, 4-3 in 4A Region 6, while Locust Fork fell to 2-7 overall, 1-6 in the region. St. Clair County got out to a […]

Pennington takes care of New Hope



With a playoff berth on the line, the J.B. Pennington Tigers got out to an early lead and never let up in a 36-25 win over visiting New Hope last Friday night. Pennington improved to 4-5 overall, 4-3 in 3A Region 6, while New Hope dropped to 5-4, 3-4 in the region. The Tigers led 14-0 in the first quarter […]


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