HONORING those who served

Supreme Court hears appeal of Blount alcohol referenda

by Ron Gholson The Alabama Supreme Court met Thursday in special session at Samford University’s Wright Center to hear an appeal of the ruling that cleared the way last year for Blount County municipalities to hold wet/dry “municipal option” referenda. The appeal was filed last December by Oneonta ministers Larry Gipson and Glenn Bynum on behalf of Keep Blount County […]

Election finale


Blount County continued its long love/hate tradition regarding alcohol sales in the 2014 general election, as two more communities squared off in municipal option referenda, with one – Cleveland – narrowly approving liquor sales, and one – Locust Fork – not so narrowly defeating it. Citizens in West Blount Volunteer Fire Department’s coverage area voted to create a fire district […]

Renovation underway at vacant church

One of Oneonta’s most well-known structures is undergoing a facelift. The Methodist- Episcopal Church across from Ace Hardware on Ala 75 in the heart of the city was recently donated to the city of Oneonta, and city officials are in the process of bringing the church back to its former glory. “It’s hard to say how long this renovation will […]

Blountsville gets grants;

more to come

Both parks owned by the Town of Blountsville – the Blountsville Recreational Park and the Blountsville Historical Park – will get needed improvements in 2015. The Recreational Park will get a new, large pavilion on the park’s upper level, funded by an Auburn University Grass Roots Initiative grant of $5,500, plus a town match of $1,500, to be funded by […]

Man killed in shooting identified

Blount County coroner John Mark Vaughn identified the man shot to death by a Blount County Sheriff’s deputy last week as 24-year-old Caleb Joseph Ryan. According to reports, the incident happened on Martin Road in Blountsville after the deputy responded to a domestic violence call. The suspect ran and then fought the deputy before he was shot. The deputy was […]


MEETINGS MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790- 1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information. STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS […]

Voters approve West Blount Fire District.

Now what?

Now that the West Blount Fire and EMS District has been approved by referendum, events will accelerate to put a new board in place, and that body will make decisions concerning payment of annual dues, according to West Blount Fire Department Board of Trustees chairman and local attorney Greg Reid. By law, the district officially goes into effect on the […]

From Africa to Alabama

Since his arrival in April, Edouard Ndecky has already made an impact on the city of Oneonta. Whether volunteering at the local day care, attending Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, or training at the gym, Ndecky has settled into what he now refers to as “his home.” The 25-year-old from Kaolack, Senegal, West Africa, first met Oneonta native Anna Goode, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 14, 1935

Farm Program Favored By Voters By a vote of 1420 to 977 the citizens of Blount registered their approval Tuesday of a farm program that calls for an appropriation of $4,500.00 annually out of the general funds of the county for the next five years. The money is to be used to match State and Federal funds in the employment […]