Oneonta council recognizes city officers

The Oneonta City Council presented plaques to two of its officers in its latest meeting last week. The council honored resigning library director Gail Sheldon and fellow council member Tonya Rogers. Sheldon is working a four-week notice prior to leaving for employment in Maryland. Rogers recently completed 12 years as director of the Birmingham Veterans’ Day parade, which she served […]

Monday commission meeting will deal with economic development, ownership of U.S. 231 river bridge

For those interested in the upcoming commission business meeting Monday, the following significant matters will be addressed. • The commission will discuss and possibly take the first official steps toward creating a Blount County economic development council. Action could take the form of passing a resolution sanctioning the effort to establish the agency, and providing a supporting advisory draft of […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat December 7, 1939

Blount Redskins Whip Blountsville 6 To 0 The Blount High Redskins finished the 1939 season in a blaze of glory Thanksgiving Day when they defeated their age-old rival, Blountsville, by a count of 6 to 0 in the Homecoming Day game, which was played in the new stadium at Oneonta. One of the largest crowds ever to witness a football […]

Oneonta takes down Munford

The Oneonta Redskins held the powerful Munford Lion offense to just seven points in the second half and rolled to a 35-21 victory at Munford last Friday night. With the win, the Redskins advance to the 4A title game at Bryant- Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Friday morning. The huge crowd had barely settled in when the Redskins got on the […]

Oneonta faces Charles Henderson for the title

For the third straight year, the Oneonta Redskins will play for the 4A title The Redskins took down Munford 35-21 last week while Charles Henderson of Troy held off UMS-Wright 38-36 in the south. Oneonta faces a program in Charles Henderson that has mainly competed in Class 5A.The Trojans were a traditionally good-but-not-great 5A but have gone 9-4 and now […]


Keith and Vicki Martin of Blountsville announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Rebecca Joy Martin, to Timothy James Handley, son of Jim and Terri Handley of Boaz. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Daphine Martin and the late Henry Martin of Blountsville, and the late James and Ruth McCullough of Trussville. She is program director at Maranatha […]

Golden Anniversary

Robert E. and Sandra F. Frost Metzler were married Dec. 24, 1963, at Straight Mountain Mennonite Church. Both retired from Wrangler, they have two daughters and four grandchildren and have lived most of their married life in the Straight Mountain and Cleveland communities. The couple will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a celebration Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at […]


Magnificent revolution

Background Scripture: Luke 1:46-56. Devotional Reading: Psalms 111. I probably appreciate the idealized Disney-esque depictions of Advent and the Nativity as much as anyone. But I’m also aware that those depictions are most unlikely representations of the people and settings. Jesus, after all, was born in a feed trough for the animals of the stable. The bright yellow hay was […]


Pell City, formerly of Oneonta, died Nov. 26, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. A flagman with the Alabama Department of Transportation, he was a member of Bellew’s Chapel Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were parents Leonard J. and Susie Cornwell Daugherty and five brothers. Surviving are wife of 50 years Mary Sue Mount Daugherty; children Michael B. (Mona) Dunn, […]


Allgood, died Nov. 26, 2013, at the residence. A U.S. Navy World War II veteran, he enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a painter by trade. He was predeceased by parents Rudolph George and Elena Nita Shardless Dees; son Thomas Dees Jr.; and great-grandchild Christine Johnson. Surviving are wife Ida Dees; daughters Carol (Freddy) Quarles, Allgood, Dorothy Rhoraff, Charleston, S.C., […]