More of the same for the GOP


The 2014 elections were quite uneventful. The seven statewide constitutional offices were all retained by Republicans. In fact, the reason the election was so dull was because the top five constitutional offices were held by incumbent Republicans who all waltzed to re-election. These included Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, State Treasurer Young Boozer, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, and […]


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 for more information. STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet […]

Prepare for the parades

If the weather forecasters are right, enjoying the upcoming parades in Blountsville and Altoona won’t require battling cold temperatures. Those parades will be Friday beginning at 7 p.m., and the temperature is not expected to drop below 54 degrees, however, a 50-percent chance of rain is predicted. The Blount County parade, scheduled in Oneonta for Tuesday at 7 p.m., is […]

Oneonta approves extension of resolution

In a quick pre-holiday session, the Oneonta City Council voted to approve the extension of its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperative (MCDC) resolution. Noting the resolution was lengthy and had no additions from the prior, city manager Ed Lowe recommended passage. With those assurances, the council so acted. Mayor Ross Norris scheduled a 5:15 public hearing on an alley vacation request […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 4, 1985

Baby thrown from damaged mobile home “It’s an experience I hope nobody ever has to go through,” Johnny Fountain explained. The Fountains’ mobile home, located on Center Church Road near Oneonta, was lifted off its foundation early Sunday morning, rolled over, and set back upright by high winds emergency operations coordinator W.C. Foust says were possibly a tornado. The Fountains […]

Area play begins to heat up


The high school basketball season seems to unofficially heat up after the Thanksgiving tournaments and this year is no different. A couple of big area games were played last night as Locust Fork hosted Oneonta in the 4A Area 10 opener for both teams. The other two teams in 4A Area 10 – Good Hope and J.B. Pennington – will […]


CLEVELAND YOUTH FOOTBALL will hold a fundraiser turkey shoot each Saturday. Look for the signs near the river bridge on county road 33. Hams, turkeys, and other prizes are available and cost is $3 per shot. There will be categories for shotgun, .22, and youth. For more information, phone Buddy Ware at 625-5438 or 353-4122.


EVENTS NEW PROSPECT BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate the 125th anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 7, with service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow. CLEAR SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have the Annual Soup and Chili Supper Saturday, Dec. 13, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The $8 bowl is all you can eat and there will also be a bake […]


JASON SHANE BOLES, 39, Huntsville, died Nov. 19, 2014. An avid Alabama Football fan, he was predeceased by father Steve Boles, wife Susan Deweese, and grandfathers Carson Boles and Johnny Fore. Surviving are daughter Tawney Beth Boles; mother Debra Kay Boles; sister Lisa Kay Boles; grandmother Inez Fore, all of Altoona; nephews Chad, Austin, Shaun. Memorial services were held at 1 […]


EVA LOUISE BLYTHE CARROLL, 91, Oneonta, died Nov. 23, 2014. Known as “granny,” she operated Sun City Tanning Salon for 16 years, and retired in 2005. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, her dog Susie, and was a member of Cove United Methodist Church. Predeceasing her were parents James Roscoe and Alma Allison Blythe, husband Rev. John Truman Carroll, brother Woodrow Blythe, […]

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