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The Southern Democrat March 7, 1984

Palisades construction ahead The Blount County Commission has accepted a bid for construction at Palisades Park. Planned are two new large shelters and an additional restroom with water and sewer lines. Commission Chairman Frank Green told commissioners March 12 that, although only one bid was received, it was lower than the park board had estimated cost of the proposed construction […]

Lady Redskins win 4A title


It started with about a minute left in Saturday’s 4A title game. Dimonique Sanders, the only senior on the Lady Redskin roster, plays basketball with seemingly all the enjoyment of a root canal. She is so focused that all you normally see is a scowl on her face. Not this time, though. With the clock winding down and Sanders on […]


BLOUNT COUNTY LEPC MEETING The Blount County Local Emergency Planning Committee will have the spring meeting on Wednesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Blount County EOC located in the basement of the Blount County courthouse. ALABAMA LIFESPAN RESPITE RESOURCE NETWORK will hold a meeting titled Alabama Respite, Sharing the Care on Wednesday, March 13, at the Frank Green […]


Daniel’s prayer and ours

THE BIBLE SPEAKS Background Scripture: Daniel 9:3-19. Devotional Reading: James 5:13-18. Our passage for this week is neither a story, a prophecy, nor a vision. It is Daniel’s prayer for his nation and an invitation for us to pray in a like manner. It is a prayer of confession, similar in form to the ones in Ezra 9 and 1 […]


NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST is currently meeting at the Hayden Community Center on county road 7 in Hayden. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., breakfast is at 10:15 a.m., and worship is at 11 a.m. JONES CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have revival services Wednesday, March 13, through Friday, March 15, at 7 o’clock each evening. Butch Poe is evangelist; Sammy Blakely […]


Trafford, died Feb. 25, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. Born in Cleveland, he was son of Alton Loran and Evelyn Wood Bradford, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Bradford worked in the construction industry as a superintendent. Surviving are wife Barbara Joan Bradley Bradford; son Terry Lorian Bradford, Pinson; daughter Stephanie (Robert) Brooks, Sylacauga; grandson Travis Bradford, […]


Rainbow Crossing, died Feb. 27, 2013, at the residence. A native of Blount County, Mr. Ivey was son of Paul and Opal Dean Ivey, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Ivey was a 1957 graduate of Susan Moore High School and was a retired gas truck driver. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by wife Mary Ann Criswell […]


Tarrant, died March 1, 2013, at the residence. Born in Lafayette, Tenn., he was son of Edrith Winston and Reva Curlee Gross Key, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Key was an automotive mechanic who loved racing. He was a member and past Master of Dolcita Masonic Lodge 596. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by sisters […]


Springville, died Feb. 22, 2013, at the residence. He was the son of Charles Elton Moore and Eunice Kemp Moore, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a retired steel worker. Mr. Moore was an active member of Union Hill Baptist Church. He loved the Lord, his family, and anyone that needed a friend. One of his hobbies […]


Oneonta, died Feb. 22, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. Born in Blount County, she was daughter of Rufus and Lee Etta Parrish Pannell, both of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Murphree was a homemaker. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by husband Melbourn Vandiver Murphree and son Randy Murphree. Survivors include son Dennis (Miriam) Murphree, Straight Mountain; […]