Vendors draw complaints; city plans to remedy issue

Blount County Christmas Parade

Three different vendor companies were roaming the streets of Oneonta during the Blount County Christmas Parade last week, and the city has received complaints concerning their presence. Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe says miscommunication had a big part to play in the reason the vendors were even allowed to be at the parade. “We didn’t know they were going to […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 19, 1929

The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Charley Moses charged with the murder of his wife. The case grew out of a scuffle over a gun when a difficulty was about to take place in which R.A. Statham, Jr., Moses, and Dan Pettit were involved. Mrs. Moses is alleged to have tried to prevent her […]

Panthers take early control of area race

Conny Lowery’s Cleveland Panthers went on the road last Friday night and knocked off Asbury, the No. 4 team in Class 2A and the Panthers’ top challenger for Area 12 supremacy. Cleveland got out to a 13-3 lead after one quarter but Asbury outscored the Panthers 14-9 and 9-5 over the next two quarters to cut the lead to 27-25 […]


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. ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION will […]

Garner resigns at Pennington

J.B. Pennington is looking for a new head football coach. Keith Garner will not return after finishing his third season at Blountsville. Under Garner, the Tigers struggled. Pennington made the playoff in each of his first two seasons, despite a losing record in both years. Pennington was 4-7 in 2012 and lost 41-6 at Piedmont in the first round of […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS BLOUNTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have the Christmas Eve service Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. THE CHURCH AT ONEONTA and the Carpenter’s Ministry will offer the community a free lunch on Christmas Day at 1 p.m. at the church. Phone 625-6744 to RSVP with the number attending. No deliveries available. ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH will have their Christmas […]


99, Duluth, Ga., died Dec. 13, 2014. She was retired from Montclair Baptist Hospital, enjoyed traveling, and had an extensive thimble collection. She was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church, and was an avid reader, and will be remembered as a devoted caretaker of family and pets. Parents Zion Hill and Martha Lula Crumbley Cornelius predeceased her, as did […]


ELDRED MCKINLEY CLEMENTS, 83, Oneonta, died Dec. 5, 2014. The eldest of six children and son of the late Zelmer and Vina Harvey Clements, he attended school in Blount County and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He lived for a time in the Chicago area before returning to Blount County. Sisters Christine Clements and Dolores […]


DARRYL LYNN GARGUS, 51, Oneonta, died Dec. 7, 2014, at the residence. Predeceasing him were father Arthur Wilburn Gargus, brother Bryan Delane Gargus Sr., wife Arline Rena Gargus, and grandparents D.C. and Estelle Wise Sr. and Arthur and Roxie Atkinson Gargus. Surviving are daughter Amanda (Jennifer) Dawkins; grandchildren Colby Alexander Dawkins, Gracelyn Helen Rena Dawkins, all of Gadsden; mother Helon […]


BARBARA HUFFMAN GILBERT, 77, Cleveland, died Dec. 5, 2014, at Ridgewood Nursing Home, Jasper. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting, and smocking. Parents Charles and Gladys Jaeger Huffman, husband Aldon Gilbert, and son Lester R. Search III predeceased her. Surviving are five daughters; nine stepchildren; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister. Memorial services were held Dec. 12 at noon at Green’s […]

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