Arts Council will stage Hansel and Gretel

The fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel will make its longawaited appearance on Saturday May 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May, 5, at 2 p.m. at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School. Filled with lush music and beautiful singing, Hansel and Gretel is often called a perfect “first” opera for those who are new to opera. The production features […]

Shedd sworn in


Better bone up on I-9 form; it can be a bear

special dispatch from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System If someone told you to do something because your job depended on it, you would probably sit up and and take notice, right? That’s what this article forwarded to The Blount Countian by the Extension System and condensed here, is telling you. As it turns out, your job very well may depend […]

‘Tax Freedom’ may not be so free

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Auburn University According to the conservative Tax Foundation, April 5 was “Tax Freedom” day in Alabama. That is the day when Alabamians no longer paid every dime they earned to local, state, and federal governments. Theoretically, after that day we were free to spend all we earn any way we choose. As might be expected in […]




Highlights of the lowlights

As the 2013 regular legislative session winds down, let us review some highlights. One of the highlights was a lowlight. It did not happen on the floor of the House but late at night at a Mobile legislator’s home while he was on his computer responding to emails. The email he responded to was a generic letter sent by a […]

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, […]