Bingo and the Board


The year 2012 did not come to an end with a whimper when it comes to newsworthy happenings. A number of significant events occurred in December. VictoryLand, the state’s premier privately owned casino, reopened quietly on a Tuesday afternoon with very little fanfare. However, it appears that publicity and advertising are not necessary to attract patrons to the glamorous facility […]

Cleveland to hold public hearing on dog ordinance

During last Thursday evening’s Cleveland Town Council meeting, Mayor Jerry Jones, acting on the suggestion of town attorney Alex Smith, announced a public hearing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the town hall. The purpose of the hearing is to allow public input on the newly-amended city ordinance on dog ownership. The new ordinance, amended […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat January 15, 1925

Noted educator dead Prof. W.Y. Adams, noted educator, minister, and legislator, died at the home of Tom Hudson, on Route 1, Cleveland, early Tuesday morning. He contracted pneumonia just a week ago while teaching at Concord and was never able to be removed to his home at Gum Springs. He was the founder of Walnut Grove College, just over the […]

Redskins earn split at Bama Shootout


The Oneonta basketball teams took part in the Bama Shootout at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) last Saturday and brought back mixed results. The Lady Redskins, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, pulled away late from No. 9 Douglas for a 37-27 victory. The boys led for almost the entire game but couldn’t score down the stretch and lost, 44-41. […]

Coaches select 4A Region 6 team


Oneonta swept through 4A Region 6 undefeated and the Redskins were well represented on the All Region Team selected by the coaches. Oneonta claimed all the major awards with Alvin Scott (Overall MVP), Cody O’Toole (Offensive MVP), and Blake Bean (Defensive MVP). In addition, Redskin head coach Don Jacobs was named Coach of the Year. Other Redskins named to the […]


CLEVELAND YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will be held the following Saturdays – Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 – at the Cleveland Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day. Fees are $85 for the first child, $65 for the second child, and $55 each for the third child or more. For more information, contact Cassie […]

County tournaments underway


Cleveland High School is the host for the Blount County Basketball Tournament this year and the junior high tournament has already begun. The top seeds are J.B. Pennington (junior girls), Hayden (junior boys), Locust Fork (B-team girls and Bteam boys), Susan Moore (varsity girls), and Locust Fork (varsity boys). In games played Monday, it was No. 4 Hayden 44, No. […]


Christian Pharisees

Background Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11. Devotional Reading: Matthew 13:44-46. The other day it occurred to me that, in light of the current state of technology and its grip upon most people, I grew up and entered adult life in an era when technology, though growing in our lives, was not nearly as essential as it seems today. In my earliest days […]


Pine Mountain, died Jan. 4, 2013. He served in the U.S. Air Force and lived in Apple Valley, Calif., where he was employed with Riverside Cement for 40 years, working his way up to plant manager. He was predeceased by parents J.C. and Pluma Hilburn Brown and brother J.D. Brown. Surviving are wife Nancy; stepson Rickie and his wife Donna; […]


Springville, died Dec. 27, 2012, at the residence. She was employed with Amerex as a production worker. She was predeceased by husband Thomas Cleveland Colbert; parents James Virgil and Cassie Thomas Simmons Blythe; daughters Pam Frost and Jamie Preston. Surviving are daughter Sherrie Shirley, Springville; grandchildren Amy (Eric) Robinson, Holly Springs, Jennifer ( Tim) Hampton, Albertville, Anthony (Angel) Prince, Holly […]

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