Snead man arrested for electronic solicitation of a child

Last Wednesday, Bryan Keith Russell, 50, of Snead, was arrested for electronic solicitation of a child following an investigation conducted by the FBI into Russell’s computer activity, according to a press release from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Russell was served a warrant at his residence on Riversight Drive by FBI agents, the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, and […]

Blount fugitive arrested in South Carolina

According to a press release from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, Jeffrey Allen Hill, 25, was extradited from South Carolina for Sex Abuse charges with a child victim under the age of 12. In August 2011, evidence was presented to a Blount County grand jury which resulted in Hill’s indictment. He was a fugitive from Blount County and the […]

Jennifer’s Ride makes pit stop in Oneonta

Last month, approximately 100 riders participating in Jennifer’s Ride: Passport for a Cure benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association visited Blount County with an escort provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. “We are very thankful to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for spending their time with us,” said ABC 33/40 morning meteorologist Charles Daniel. Daniel began the ride in honor […]

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The Southern Democrat

Bonds to be sold for industry park Bonds for financing the construction of Oneonta Industrial Park will be ready for sale in three or four weeks. This information was a part of the comprehensive report which Walter Summerville and B.K. Walker, Jr., industrial committee members, presented to Chamber of Commerce directors Tuesday at their regular luncheon meeting. The chamber believes […]

Gipson named baseball assistant at Belhaven

Andrew Gipson, a 2008 graduate of Oneonta High School, has been named a full-time assistant baseball coach at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. Gipson played four seasons with the Blazers from 2008- 2011 and was a key part of three conference championships, four NAIA regional tournaments, and one NAIA World Series appearance. “I would like to thank our administration and […]

Awards roll in for Hayden softball


The Hayden Lady Wildcats rolled to the 5A softball title last month at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park on the strength of the right arm of senior pitcher Caitlin Kirkland. For her outstanding work this year, she was named to the Super All-State Team and was voted the Pitcher of the Year for Class 5A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). […]

Local archery shoots, tournaments

Bow Hunters of Alabama (BHA) is a group that promotes archery in counties throughout the state. Archery shoots and tournaments are held every weekend from February until August. These shoots and tournaments feature 3D targets that are set up to simulate hunting situations in a wooded area and allow shooters to practice determining yardage and good shooting techniques. Each county […]


MEETINGS CITY OF ONEONTA COUNCIL MEETING The regular Oneonta City Council meeting has been rescheduled and will now be Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a work session Friday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. in professional development room #202 to preview board meeting information. ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS will hold a CDL recertification class […]


Ariel, Ariel!

In 705 B.C., when Sargon, King of Assyria, was murdered, the throne passed to his son, Sennacherib, and the vast empire began to break-up. Rising Babylon threatened Assyria’s dominance. Some vassal states, like Judea, began to look to Egypt as salvation from the Assyrians. Isaiah opposed Judah’s dependence upon Egypt and when Assyria turned to smash Judah, Isaiah prophesied that […]


Oneonta, died June 5, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Known as a kind and giving person, she was an interpreter for deaf children. She was predeceased by parents Charles Edward and Ruth M. Morgan Hicks; daughter Dana Klarr; brother Montey Hicks; and sister Tita Hicks. Surviving are sons Joe ( Tracy) Gammicchia Jr., Oneonta, and Jack ( Tina) […]