Christmas Lights in the Park breaks record

Missing Georgia man has Blount County connections

A massive search continues for a Georgia man who has Blount County connections. His family is from Blount County, and his grandparents still live here, according to reports. Kelly Nash, 25, was last seen at his home in Buford by his girlfriend, according to She says he woke up coughing and sneezing and said that he wasn’t feeling well. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 10, 1957

Fire destroys Cleveland warehouse A fire of unknown origin destroyed the warehouse of the E.E. Blackwood Mercantile Co. at Cleveland last Thursday. The warehouse and its contents of heavy goods and farming tools were a total loss. Fire department equipment from Oneonta and Blountsville answered the alarm and it was through their prompt response that the fire did not destroy […]

Junior high tournament underway at Locust Fork

The Blount County Junior High Basketball Tournament got started last Saturday at Locust Fork High School with all six first-round games being played. In junior girls action, No. 5 J.B. Pennington upset No. 4 Locust Fork 24-23, No. 3 Hayden beat No. 6 Appalachian 26-19, and No. 2 Cleveland took care of No. 7 Southeastern 39-10. On the boys side, […]

SPORTS briefs

LOCUST FORK YOUTH SOFTBALL will have the annual meeting Sunday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Locust Fork Town Hall. Parents are encouraged to attend. Phone 369-9104 with questions. ONEONTA GIRLS SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will be at the Oneonta Rec Center through Friday, Jan. 30. The fee is $100 per player (due by Feb. 14) and parents are asked to […]

Coaches name all-county team


Blount County’s high school footballcoaches have selected Cleveland’s PeytonGilliland as the most valuable player forthe 2014 season.While Gilliland is the overall countyMVP, Oneonta’s Zach Dimmock was theoffensive MVP and Locust Fork’s ShilohBiles was the defensive MVP.The first team:OffenseQB – Todd Goodwin, Locust Fork; andBrandon Butts, J.B. PenningtonRB – Brett Erwin, Cleveland; MicahStephens, Locust Fork, Chase Biles,Locust Fork; Jay Williams, Susan […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST ASSOCIATION will have the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 6:45 a.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Jeremiah Castille will be guest speaker. Breakfast donations will be accepted. Phone 274-2879 with questions. SINGINGS WELCOME #2 BAPTIST CHURCH will have a singing Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. featuring Crimson Stain. The church is located on […]


GENEVA ABBOTT ALVAREZ, 84, Oneonta, died Jan. 6, 2015. She was known as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Husband Joseph Alvarez Jr. predeceased her. Surviving are daughters Jan (Bill) Denson, Oneonta, Linda (Matt) Tortorici, Chelsea; grandchildren Brandon (Danielle Singleton) Denson, Calera, Timothy “T.J.” Denson, Pelham, Tera (Adam) York, Moody, Blake (Darla) Tortorici, Moody, Matthew Tortorici Jr., Jon Tortorici, […]


SHELIA TINSLEY BOWLIN, 61, Oneonta, died Jan. 6, 2015, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. She worked for DHR for 17 years and was a member of the Worship Center Church of God. Predeceasing her was father Thomas Eugene Tinsley. Surviving are husband Eddie Bowlin; mother Sally Smith Tinsley, Oneonta; sister Charlotte Tinsley (Wayne) Rouse, Prattville; brothers Mike (Alvina) Tinsley, Highmound […]


MAX EDWARD CHAMBLEE, 88, Blountsville, died Jan. 3, 2015, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He served under General Patton during World War II with the 745th Tank Battalion. A farmer, he was employed for 42 years as a bus driver, team driver for high school sports, received the J.B. Pennington Award for service to the school, and worked at Western […]

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