Radio-thon celebrates 15 years

Tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Blount County Education Foundation Radio-thon will once again raise money for schools in the Blount County system. Pictured are (left to right) Kelley Cochran Stone, Alabama Power and foundation board member; Mitchie Neel, foundation executive director; Becky Hicks, radio-thon prize coordinator; Tim Chamblee, WCRL; and Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong, foundation […]

Commission approval contingent on response to three debated items


Budget discussions this year didn’t hit the snags that have often dogged them in the recent past: whether to give employees a raise, how to allocate district road budgets, how to absorb large increases in employee medical insurance costs, and whether to cut appropriations to various agencies– both state-funded governmental ones and and local nongovernmental ones – subsidized annually by […]

Bulletin: budget vote set tomorrow

The Blount County Commission has called a special meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow to vote on the 2014 fiscal year budget. The meeting will be in the commission boardroom at the courthouse.

Officer suspended after making arrest at Blount County fair

An Oneonta police officer has been suspended with pay after a woman arrested at the Blount County Fair on Saturday night claimed the officer used excessive force when arresting her, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. The incident began when two juveniles starting fighting on the fair grounds. When the Oneonta officer intervened and detained the two juveniles, the […]

Big night at the fair

Things were cookin’ Friday night at the Blount County Fair. It was like going to the county fair in years gone by, before the advent of cell phones and social media, when the fair was the hottest ticket for miles around. Remember the days when, as a child or teen, you went to the fair every day or night – […]

Quitting for personal gain


During the summer, Alabama had a rash of major political figures step down from office in the middle of their elected terms. The first to go was 1st District Congressman Jo Bonner. Beth Chapman also quit her job as Secretary of State as did State Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, who chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Education Budget […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat September 27, 1945

Blount County Men Appeal for Drive Wounded service men of Blount County, at Northington General Hospital, joined today in issuing their own appeal to friends and neighbors in this county to help carry on the work of the USO for one more year through contributions to the fourth and final Alabama War Chest campaign which begins October 9th. Wounded veterans […]

Ridin’ and ropin’

At the end of this month, when the college roping season begins, Zack Mabry will once begin his journey toward Casper, Wyoming, and the College National Finals Rodeo. Last year, Mabry, a 2009 graduate of Appalachian High School, finished third in the region and 10th in the nation, qualifying him for the finals. Mabry and his roping partner didn’t finish […]

Photographs for change

Zachary Teal’s hobby is helping him help others. In 2007, Teal began taking photos of sporting events and from there his interests branched into taking pictures of nature and other scenes. Teal has been named this month’s featured local artist, and 28 of his photos taken between 2010 and 2013 are on display at the Blount County Memorial Museum where […]

Locust Fork holds off Fairview

The Locust Fork Hornets jumped out to a 13-0 lead after one quarter and then held on for a 16-12 win at Fairview last Friday night. Locust Fork got a 12-yard touchdown run from Kyle Hornbuckle to cap a drive that covered 44 yards in seven plays to take a 6-0 lead. After the Hornet defense got a stop, Locust […]