24/7 gym opens in West Blount

Insomniac gym-goers in the West Blount area are going to love this. Encore Rehabilitation recently added SportsFit, a 24-hour/7-daysa week accessible gym, in their building on Ala 160 in Hayden. “The West Blount area is growing tremendously, and there was a big request for this,” said David Robinson, director of SportsFit and office manager for Encore Rehabilitation. SportsFit officially opened […]

Community-centered schools subject of upcoming workshops


The community-centered schools movement has been cited as “one of the best ways to improve outcomes for children, families, schools, and communities.” (Community Schools Research Brief, 2009). Two workshops, designed to familiarize participants with ways to improve schools and communities at the same time, are being planned and offered under the auspices of Auburn University College of Education as lead […]


FRUIT AND VEGETABLE WORKSHOP The Blount County Extension office will conduct a workshop Thursday, March 7, on how to grow peaches, blueberries, and other fruit and vegetables, and insect and disease management. The workshop will be held at the Frank Green Building auditorium and will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served. Phone the Extension office at 274-2129 to […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat February 23, 1983

Commissioners remove two mills Blount County commissioners kept their promise to area farmers in voting Feb. 14 to remove two mills from the 1983 ad valorem tax. Commissioners had agreed to the reduction following a July meeting with area farmers and Farm Bureau representatives. Farmers had asked for a decrease in light of recently-implemented property appraisal. Revenue from the two […]

Lady Redskins through to Hanceville

The Oneonta Lady Redskins are the only Blount County basketball team left after last week’s sub-region round. The Lady Redskins had no trouble with Pope John Paul II of Huntsville with a 54-25 blasting of the Lady Falcons last Thursday night at O.R. Ratliff Gymnasium. Appalachian and Hayden lost big at home that night while Locust Fork gave J.O. Johnson […]


BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Twin Oaks. Last month’s program focused on business, growth, and development in the Birmingham Metro Region and how Blount County can fit into that plan. This luncheon will focus on Blount County as local business leaders give insight on what they see happening in […]


THE BIBLE SPEAKS Complete the task

Background Scripture: Colossians 4:2-17. Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27. I would have preferred that the ecumenical committee responsible for choosing the scripture passages each week had included Colossians 3:18 to 4:1 for this week. This passage, dealing with the relationships between wives and husbands, parents and children, masters and slaves, is often skipped over in various lectionaries, perhaps so that […]


Milton, Fla., died Jan 22, 2013, at Pensacola Baptist Hospital. Mrs. Deshler earned a Captain certificate from the U.S. Merchant Marines. Parents Axel Norman and Frank and Christine Lumpkin Gilbert predeceased her, as did brother Victor Allen Norman. Surviving are husband Marc Deshler; children Kade (Pamela) Miller, Nectar, Trace ( Tina) Miller, Theodore, Donny ( Jennifer) Gilbert, Nectar, Yvonne (Russ) […]


Altoona, died Feb. 15, 2013, at TLC Nursing Home. Mrs. Foster was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She was predeceased by parents Wesley and Leona Keener McWaters and husband Theodus “Logan” Foster. Surviving are son Dale (Carolyn) Foster, Altoona; daughter Brenda (Cotton) Battles, Gallant; grandsons Darrin (Shanna) Battles and Keith (Miranda) Battles; granddaughters Stephanie Brown and Courtney ( Terry) […]


Oneonta, died Feb. 17, 2013, at the residence. Parents Wheeler and Pauline Maroney Collins predeceased him, as did husband Bobby Joe Harper, and brother Kenneth Collins. Surviving are son Bobby Wayne (Melanie) Harper, Straight Mountain; daughters Susie ( Verlon) Oliver, Kathleen (Norman) Hathcock, Sharron ( James) Littrell, all of Straight Mountain; nine grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; brothers Edward Collins, Stevenson, Verbon […]