BLOUNTSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. will have their annual boot drive Saturday, Nov. 24. An all-day event, the road block raises money for Blountsvillearea needy families and will help give a child a special Christmas. SAV-A-LIFE OPEN HOUSE will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate and a tour of the facilities before the […]

Coefield explains need for tax increase

OneVision, Supt. Scott Coefield and the Oneonta City Board of Education’s initiative to technologically improve Oneonta Schools, was introduced on Monday, Oct. 29. A presentation was delivered explaining why the board is advocating a 5-mill tax increase referendum on Jan. 15 to support OneVision. A study conducted by the school proved the impact technology has on Oneonta students in college. […]


In last week’s article on the District 34 special election for state representative, the newspaper printed a summary of precinct-by-precent returns for all candidates, provided to the newspaper by the county commission. Most of the information was correct, but there was one error. The vote total shown for David Standridge was short by 191 votes. The correct total is 2010, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat November 16, 1983 Station leveled A heap of twisted rubble and a concrete foundation were the remains of the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department building following an early Tuesday morning twister that skipped across northeast Alabama. The tornado touched down at the southwestern site somewhere around 1:30 a.m., with volunteer fire and rescue units arriving […]

Plainview runs over Susan Moore

The Plainview Bears unleashed a powerful running game and rolled past visiting Susan Moore 62-26 last Friday night. Plainview moves on to the second round with a record of 9-2 while Susan Moore ends the year at 6-5. Two plays into the game, Plainview’s Cody Willingham sprinted 73 yards for a touchdown and the Bears never looked back. Plainview got […]

Gilliland wins cross country title

Oneonta senior Alex Gilliland defended his state 4A cross country title at last week’s state championships at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Moulton. Gilliland finished first on the 5K course with a time 16:23.98, just ahead of Robert Hope of UMSWright, who finished at 16:29.39. Oneonta’s Logan Gilliland finished 10th with a time of 17:57.07. Other team members competing at […]

Redskins face difficult trip


Three teams from Blount County made the high school football playoffs but only one is still standing as we get ready for the second round. J.B. Pennington and Susan Moore had difficult first-round trips and came home with lopsided losses. Oneonta welcomed Anniston to Gilbreath Stadium and proceeded to maul the Bulldogs out of the first round. Now, Oneonta heads […]

Let the Masters Games begin…

Olympic athletes weren’t the only ones who won gold this year. Madeleine Laskoski, of Oneonta, earned two gold medals at the Masters Games of Alabama. But, she didn’t stop there. She also won a silver medal and three bronze medals. Laskoski is the state champion in frisbee throw and table tennis, the silver medalist in dominoes, and the bronze medalist […]

Redskins rough up Bulldogs

This time, there was no doubt. The Oneonta Redskins dominated Anniston in a 47-0 blasting of the visiting Bulldogs last Friday night. Oneonta improved to 11-0 on the year while Anniston ended the season at 5-6. Oneonta methodically wore down the Bulldogs, leading 7-0 after one quarter, 21-0 at the half, and 30- 0 after three quarters. With the offense […]


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