Intruder shot in Wynnville area

No formal charges have been filed after a 65-year-old-man shot an intruder in the Wynnville area around noon on Sunday, according to Capt. Pat Thomas of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Thomas says the man came through the backdoor of the 65-year-old’s double-wide mobile home on Wilson’s Chapel Road and the resident shot him with a small handgun. Both individuals […]

County fair planning moves into high gear

The resignation of Agri-Business Center executive director Keith Hamby on July 12 wasn’t particularly good news for Oneonta, Blount County, or the Agri-Business Center board of directors. With only three months to go before the county fair– arguable the county’s biggest public event – the crucial planning job was vacant. But the three agencies joined hands to turn a potential […]

Legal wrangling grabs spotlight at Snead

Recessing into executive session still again, the Snead Town Council evidently continued discussion of potential litigation. Each meeting seems to increase possible lawsuits the city faces. In the earlier session on July 8, town attorney Brett King had advised the council to postpone consideration of a potentially litigious overtime pay matter for its executive session. From public discussion, that session […]

Standridge reports on 2013 Legislative session

Elected in a runoff election last December shortly before the 2013 legislative session began, District 34 Rep. David Standridge had to hit the ground running immediately after being sworn in to his Alabama House of Representatives seat. Two highlights from the session were especially significant to him personally. First, he sponsored and assisted in the passage by unanimous vote of […]


Bell hired as head basketball coach

Dan Bell was hired as the varsity boys head basketball coach and language arts teacher for Oneonta Middle School during Monday night’s meeting of the Oneonta City Board of Education. During his introduction to the board, Bell, of Huntsville, said his priority will be teaching, however, he hopes to produce a team the school will be proud of. Brad Mitchell, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat July 24, 1980 Count verifies Blount’s growth Preliminary population count by the Bureau of the Census shows that Blount’s population increased 33.6 percent in the decade from 1970 to 1980, making this county one of the fastest growing in the state. The 1980 preliminary count registers 35,866 persons living in Blount compared to 26,853 in 1970. Probate […]

Blount County students report to school on August 19

Summer ends and school begins again for Blount County students on Aug. 19, according to Blount County Supt. Jim Carr. Teachers will return on Aug. 12, and attend Teacher Institute at J.B. Pennington on Aug. 13. For the upcoming school year, Carr admits the financial struggle remains. “Our biggest challenge since 2008 is our funding continues to diminish, yet we […]

Lowe named president of Alabama city/county group

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe was recently named the president of the State of Alabama City/County Management Association. Lowe has been a member of the organization for 15 years, and he will serve as president for the 2013-2014 term. “The organization is meant to promote and offer professional management and support elected groups, not to usurp their authority, ” Lowe […]

Book showcases local Civil War soldiers

“The Forty-eighth Alabama Infantry Regiment, CSA., 1862-65” by Joshua Price is now available for purchase at the Blount County Memorial Museum in Oneonta. Price, a history teacher and baseball coach at Susan Moore High School, says the book began when he was still an undergraduate at Jacksonville State University. “This started off as a 10-page paper that morphed into my […]


Deline, Elliott lead North to easy win

Led by a pair of Lady Redskins, one on the sideline and one on the court, the North All Stars handily ran over the South for an easy 84-36 victory last Thursday in Montgomery as part of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) All Star Sports Week. With Oneonta head coach Amber Deline on the sideline, Destiney Elliott got […]