Motorcycle ride to benefit Alstrom Syndrome research

Contrary to popular belief, sometimes researching medical symptoms on the Internet can lead to a correct diagnosis. Cayla Atwell will attest to this. At seven weeks old, her daughter Brooklyn Jenkins was rushed to the hospital when she stopped breathing during a church gathering. The doctors believed she must have had an allergic reaction. However, while at the hospital, Brooklyn […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat April 25, 1984

Controversy continues to rock county’s youngest municipality Controversy continues to rock the county’s youngest municipality, with some residents claiming the town of Susan Moore annexed their land illegally. Town council members say those annexed during their last two expansions signed petitions clearly stating their intentions to become part of the town. Susan Moore has exercised an Alabama law allowing owners […]


Redskins and Tigers advance to second round

Five Blount County teams qualified for the state high school baseball playoffs but only two remain after the first round wrapped up Monday. Oneonta swept Munford (12-2, 10-5) out of the first round in Class 4A while 3A J.B. Pennington needed three games to win a thrilling series against Pisgah (3-5, 14-2, 1-0). In Class 3A, Cleveland went to a […]

Cleveland wins junior high tournament

The Cleveland Panther junior high baseball team won the Blount County Tournament, beating Locust Fork in the title game to finish the year with a record of 19-3. Picture are (front row, left to right) Evan Faust, Cody Blackwood, Dawson Smith, Hunter Green and Justin Strong. Back row (l to r) coach Chuck Longshore, Brett Irwin, Tristan Rittenhouse, Bryan Cornelius, […]

Swim team season approaching

Registration for the Oneonta Blue Thunder swim team will begin with a cookout at the Oneonta Aquatic Center (city pool) on May 11. The team’s yearround USA Swimming Program is continuing training for an upcoming meet in Birmingham. Swimmers Bailey Anderton (14), Ana Chappelle (12), and Danielle Davis (10) are looking to build on a season that saw them compete […]

Unplug and relax at Cleveland bed and breakfast

After countless hours of searching, Bill Sievers and his wife Wanda Merritt had finally found the perfect location for their new home. The couple had grown tired of their city life in Jefferson County and decided to try their hand at farming and raising animals. So, they relocated to 56 acres in Cleveland. “There’s just something about growing your own […]


Sons of perdition

Background Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 9-17. Devotional Reading: Titus 3:1-7. The scripture we will be studying this week is not one that I would have chosen because it is very difficult to relate to us and our world. And I am not alone in that, for Bible scholar William Barclay begins his exposition of this passage: “This is undoubtedly one […]


ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST will have a fourth Sunday singing April 28 at 2 p.m. Guest singers will be Twice Born. Questions? Phone Beverly Hunt at 363-1605. NEW HOME #1 MISSIONARY BAPTIST will feature the Waylighters at the singing Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. Pastor is Matthew Fallin; Verbon Lancaster is song chairman. NEW PROSPECT BAPTIST will have a singing […]


Gregory and Sheila Gargus of Oneonta announce the engagement and coming wedding of their daughter Kristin Nichole Gargus, to Michael Daniel Clark, son of Danny and Debbie Clark of Florence. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Appalachian High School and will graduate in May from the University of North Alabama, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in […]

Treats for tech students

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