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 […]

Redskins dominate Crossville

Oneonta held visiting Crossville to just four first downs and 104 yards of total offense in a 49-0 spanking of the Lions last Friday night. While Crossville struggled to do anything against the Redskin defense, the Oneonta offense pounded out a season-high 299 yards on the ground against the Lions. Oneonta got on the board early when Rashad Robertson returned […]

For most teams, a break from region play


After this week, we will be halfway through the high school football regular season. This week is always nice as most teams step outside of the region schedule to play a rival. Cleveland-West End, J.B. Pennington-Locust Fork, Southeastern- Holy Spirit, Corner-Hayden, and Oneonta-Susan Moore feature natural rivalries and games that mean a little more to the casual fan – okay, […]

Sports briefs

TIGER TROT 5K AND ONE-MILE FUN RUN will be Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 8 a.m. at Blountsville Elementary School. Registration forms can be downloaded from the school’s website. Adult registration is $20 and child registration is $15 for those registering prior to the race – the fee is $20 for everyone on race day. All fun run participants under […]

Piedmont runs past Cleveland

In a flash, it was over. Piedmont, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, bolted out to a 26-0 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 55-7 victory over visiting Cleveland last Friday night. The Bulldogs got a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ty Sparks to Denard Spears to take a 7-0 lead. Spears then streaked 73 yards with a punt […]