Southern States to close Oneonta store after 15 years

Southern States Cooperative announced Monday the closing of eight retail locations in north Alabama, including the Athens, Centre, Cullman, Danville, Geraldine, Headland, Henagar, and Oneonta locations. The Oneonta store has been in operation since 1998, when Southern States bought out Gold Kist, the former owner. The last day of operations will be July 25, according to Mel Wade, a current […]

Accident shuts down road for six hours

Last Thursday morning, a truck headed toward Altoona on Valley Road flipped on its side after the driver had to avoid hitting a vehicle that was on his side of the road, according to Oneonta police officer Mike Harris. The driver, Michael Ferris, 26, of Huntsville, was not injured in the incident except for a bruise on his head which […]

Right-to-vote case hearing rescheduled for Sept. 6

The original July 26 date for trial of the Neal vs. City of Oneonta “right to vote” case has been rescheduled for Sept. 6 at 9 a.m., according to Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe. The case involves a 2009 law that excludes municipalities of 1000 or more population in three counties, including Blount, from scheduling a wet/dry referendum for citizens […]


Hayden Middle School gets new assistant principal

by Rob Rice The Blount County Board of Education approved the hiring last week of Terri Tipton as the new assistant principal at Hayden Middle School. Tipton, a graduate of Pinson Valley High School, has 17 years of experience as an assistant principal and instructional coach. She replaces Kim Harbison, who was named principal of Hayden Primary School earlier this […]

Big crowd for Farmer’s Market Special Day

Blount County and Oneonta arrest reports

From Wednesday, July 10 through Monday, July 15, the Blount County Sheriff’s Department made 27 arrests. A 25-year-old man from Horton was arrested on five counts – unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd, endangering welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession or receipt of controlled substances. As of Tuesday, the man was still in the […]

Year of building for Blount County Literacy Council

After years of not having a local contact for the Blount County Literacy Council, a program that teaches reading skills to adults, Rebecca Shew is now filling that vacant position. “We have a new board and new board president, and our plan is to put a new face on the Blount County Literacy Program and serve the county more effectively,” […]

Oneonta hears request for budget inclusion

Jim Crego with the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Mental Health Authority requested a $300 annual increase in the city’s regular appropriation to that authority. Crego’s appearance sets the stage for others in the city’s budget to make their usual request for inclusion for the upcoming fiscal year. The authority received $4,500 in the 2013 budget; the normal fiscal year runs Oct.1 to […]

Blount County Special Operations Team assists in rescue

Firefighter/paramedics from the Oneonta Fire Department in support of the Blount County Operations Team were called to assist the Altoona Fire Department last Wednesday night after a 14-year-old boy fell 100 feet off a bluff in Etowah County, according to public safety director Brandon Horton. Dalton Teal, a Oneonta firefighter/paramedic on the scene, said the boy was alert and talking […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat July 18, 1935

Federal Road Money Ready Alabama Tuesday became the first state in the nation to obtain final approval on definite highway construction plans under the president’s $4,000,000,000 work relief program as road and grade crossing projects costing $2,232,400 were okehed for immediate start of work. …Blount County projects approved Tuesday will cost $115,000. Of this amount $35,000 will be used for […]