Opening A NEW DOOR AT Susan Moore

Susan Moore High School will be undergoing a facelift in the coming months. “We are trying to put a face to the school,” says Blount County Supt. Jim Carr. “A lot of the time visitors wander around the campus because they don’t even know where the high school office is.” The reconstruction, which will cost an estimated $1.1 million, will […]

County braces for winter

A forecast for temperatures in the teens Wednesday night serves as a wake-up call that the worst of winter weather is still to come this year. It also evokes reminders of last year when an unexpected snowstorm paralyzed both city and county roads with traffic snarls and stranded vehicles. One short stretch of road in the county had 32 vehicles […]

Bids awarded for Susan Moore schools construction


During Monday’s meeting, the Blount County Board of Education awarded the construction project for Susan Moore schools to Lee Construction of Huntsville. The company’s bids totaled $3.36 million for the project, which includes a new cafeteria for the elementary school and a new front for the high school. The new cafeteria is a much-needed addition for the school. All 1200 […]

Two county students attend Camp Courage

Sacred Harp

(fa sol la) and Linda go to Poland

Sacred Harp (also called “fa sol la”) singing is a vocal music style held over from Colonial times in the United States. It gradually died out in the North, never really reached the west, but was preserved in the rural South – notably north Alabama – until the latter part of the 20th century. Then, catalyzed mainly by small groups […]

Blountsville Walking/Biking Trail ‘95 percent complete’

Bentley not a one-term governor


During the 2010 governor’s race, I continuously made the statement that whoever won would be a one-term governor. My prophecy was based on the fact that the state was flat broke and it would take a lot of tough decisions and probably tax increases to fix the mess. Former Gov. Bob Riley was not helping his successor any either in […]

The Dozens introduce new sound

It’s southern music at its finest – an expertly combined mixture of blues, southern rock, R&B, and soul. The Dozens, a band featuring four Blount Countians, released their EP (Extended Play) yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 6. Each of the five songs was a joint effort among the six band members who have managed to create a distinct sound. “Maybe we can […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 7, 1960

Car stolen here and wrecked An automobile belonging to Mrs. L.D. Bynum was stolen in Oneonta Monday night and was found wrecked and abandoned just over the line in Marshall County on the highway from Guntersville to Huntsville. The car contained some cigarettes and other loot believed to have been taken from the Hudson Filling Station between Liberty and Brooksville, […]

Midpoint of the season – time for a record check

The holidays are over and it’s time to start thinking about area basketball races. Several teams in the county have put together solid records in the early going but some of our teams still have a lot of work to do. The winner of the regular season will host the area tournament at the end of the year. 1A Area […]