New Oneonta grocery store opens for business



IGA, Independent Grocers Alliance, store manager Donna Hayes is confident about the impact IGA is going to have on Blount County. “It’s going to be the best in town,” she said. “No one is going to compare.” The new grocery store, located in the Daniel Shopping Center in Oneonta, opened for business last Thursday with numerous officials and community members […]

Oneonta Police Department investigating possible felony cases



Since last Wednesday, the Oneonta Police Department has made 10 arrests with several of those being possible felony cases, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. On Friday, a burglary occurred on Ellen Street during which a television and vehicle were stolen. The next day, those items were recovered in Jefferson County, and a 29-year-old man was arrested for receiving […]

Ready to make the drop



Blount County Christmas parade applications now available



With less than 50 days until Santa makes his rounds on Christmas Eve, the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is preparing for his appearance during the 2013 Blount County Christmas Parade scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. This year, the parade theme will be “Christmas Around the World.” “There’s a lot of ideas that can come to […]

2015 Blount County calendar in the works



To showcase the beauty of Blount County and encourage others to visit this area, the Blount County Historical Society is sponsoring a photo contest to determine the 12 photos to be featured in the 2015 Blount County calendar. The society organized the same contest for the 2014 calendar, however, participation was lacking. “We only had a few entries,” said Harlon […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat November 2, 1950

Theatres Consolidated Lester Neely, Sr., of Neely Theatres and Wells Brothers of Boaz are affiliated in the new Drive-In Theatre now under construction. The new theatre will be known as the Blount Drive- In and is located about one mile from down-town Oneonta on the Albertville Highway. Construction is progressing rapidly and all of the equipment has been bought. It […]

Redskins roll over Blue Devils



The Oneonta Redskins scored the final 31 points of the game to take an easy 38-6 victory over the Mortimer Jordan Blue Devils last Friday night in Kimberly. The Redskins took their first possession of the game 76 yards for a touchdown with Terrell McDaniel scoring on a 4-yard run. Tyler Short’s extra point gave the visitors a 7-0 lead […]

Eagles hold off Broncos



The Appalachian Eagles stuffed the Holly Pond Broncos on a twopoint conversion attempt in overtime to pick up a 22-20 win last Friday night at Holly Pond. Holly Pond took the early lead but Appalachian’s Dylan Payne returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles scored first in overtime on a 1-yard run by Oziel Maldonado. He […]

Redskins at home, Eagle and Tigers on the road



Three are in, but five are out. The high school football season is over for Cleveland, Hayden, Locust Fork, Southeastern, and Susan Moore but the games continue for Appalachian, Oneonta, and J.B. Pennington. Appalachian and Pennington have tough road trips this week while Oneonta gets a home game against a rugged, physical opponent. Remember, all games kick off at 7 […]

Hornets hold off Panthers



The Locust Fork Hornets got a big night from senior running back Josh Tawbush and big plays from the defense to hold off Cleveland 29-24 last Friday night at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium. Cleveland got on the board first when Trevor Yates found a crack in the Hornet defense and motored 77 yards for a touchdown midway through the […]