Widespread damage after storm

Monday afternoon’s storm left trees down, wires hanging, roof damage, mobile homes destroyed, and power outages all across the Blount County area. At one point, EMA Director Max Armstrong said dispatch had 90 open calls. “For now, it seems this was all straight-line winds, nothing, so far, has indicated any rotation,” Armstrong said. “It appeared that the storm was speeding […]

Snead approves new water tank, storm shelter

The Snead Town Council voted to award a $299,200 contract to Southeastern Tank to construct a new 300,000 gallon water tank. Awaiting clarification of state licensing for the lowest bidder, members postponed awarding another bid for additional utilities department expansion. Town engineer Robert Nelson recommended the actions, while noting that both bids came in under budget. Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited […]

Former judges comment on separating commission chairman / probate judge job

Five men have held the commission chairman/ probate judge job in the last 35 years, going back to 1977: Frank Green, who served from 1977 to 1995, Donnie Thomas, 1995 to 2001, Royce King, 2001 to 2007, and David Standridge, 2007 to 2012. The Bount Countian asked each of them to comment on the dual nature of the job and […]

From Senegal, with love

Local woman ministers in West Africa

When 23-year-old Anna Goode wants to feel at home, she bakes cookies. “When you live in a developing country, you learn to appreciate the simple things,” she says. Like how the young street boys she ministers to know her name and are always excited to see her. These homeless, often orphaned, boys are sent out to the streets to beg […]

District 11 candidates speak on education bills; vote March 26

Republicans Danny Alldredge of Holly Pond and Randall Shedd of Fairview will face each other next Tuesday, March 26, in the runoff election for the District 11 House of Representatives seat. The runoff winner will face Democrat Kelly Evans of Cleveland in the general election on May 7. Blount County precincts that are part of District 11 include Summit, Rock […]

Holocaust survivor visits Susan Moore High School

It took Max Steinmetz 25 years to tell his complete story to his wife Betty. However, at the age of 88, Steinmetz now shares his story in front of crowds. On Friday, Steinmetz told the story of how he survived the Holocaust to 150 eighth-and tenth- grade students at Susan Moore High School. This year, the students read books about […]

VictoryLand – legal or illegal?


The continuous merry-go-round opening and closing of Macon County’s VictoryLand is like a circus. It is a comedic side show of political posturing. It plays out in a scenario reminiscent of Abbott and Costello’s Vaudeville classic, “Who’s on First.” It appears humorous and ludicrous but it is actually sad because people’s lives are being affected. This political chicanery is adversely […]

Veterans visit Snead monument

Members of the Snead Veterans of Foreign Wars ( VFW) and the American Legion visited the new Veteran’s Memorial in Snead on Friday. The memorial was donated by the Snead VFW, Post 5624. The project is still in the process of being completed, according to commander George Elrod. The flags were installed by Oneonta Flag Products Inc., and Elrod, the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat March 18, 1954

Oneonta Stove Plant Gets Final ‘OK’ From Voters The voters of Oneonta gave an almost unanimous O.K. to proposition of erecting a suitable building to house the Flato stove factory, which is expected to move to Oneonta this fall. The vote was 875 for and 11 against, meaning that nearly 99% of the votes cast were in favor of the […]

Deline and Elliott earn awards


Oneonta’s run to the 4A state title this year obviously caught the attention of the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Redskin forward Destiney Elliott was named first team all state and is in the running for 4A Player of the Year, which will be announced next month. Elliott, a 5’11 junior, averaged 16.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this […]