It had to be done


First of all, let’s say this: We didn’t want to but we had to. Rates changed for The Blount Countian this week for the first time in seven years and only the second time in more than 20 years. We are in a difficult position here but it’s one we knew of going in and one that we accept. The […]

Mini storage vandalized again, suspect’s vehicle impounded

Seventy-one units at Whited Mini Storage in Oneonta were vandalized and/or broken into early Tuesday morning, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. While the suspect(s) were in the act, units arrived on the scene. A vehicle believed used in the incident was found on Sellers Avenue, and it has been impounded. Before the units arrival, items had been pulled […]

How much opportunity do we want children in Alabama to have?

Protect Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards

That fundamental question is now being posed to our Legislators as they consider two important bills about the standards that we will choose to accept for Alabama children. On the one side of this debate are American military and business leaders and educators who want to ensure a brighter future for our children by giving them greater economic opportunities in […]

A tale of two budgets


We in Alabama are only one of a handful of states that does not work off of one unified budget. We have two budgets. We have a General Fund Budget like all states. Then we have an Education Trust Fund Budget that obviously funds education in the Heart of Dixie. This includes K-12 and higher education. Allow me to go […]

Hayden woman charged in child pornography case

Rebecca Diane Ilarraza, 24, of Hayden, has been taken into custody for her alleged involvement with child pornography. She is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and production of child pornography. As of Tuesday, Ilarraza was in the Blount County Jail with a $1 million bond, according to the Blount County District Attorney’s office. Ilarraza was initially […]

From the Archives

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 […]

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