Love crosses oceans

Each time the Thomason family leaves their house, a saying written on a chalkboard beside the door reminds them,“God first. Others second. Yourself last.” But this is not just a quote for the family, its a way of life…not only within the confines of the community, or the state, or even the nation. The Thomasons spread their beliefs across the […]

Fire destroys Snead building

The state fire marshal is investigating a fire that occurred at Snead Wholesale, located on Richmond Drive in Snead, on Saturday. According to Snead Fire Chief Lee Netherton, the building was a complete loss. Fire departments received a call at approximately 2 p.m., of a structure fire and remained on the scene until 10 p.m. No injuries were reported. Along […]

Locust Fork assistant principal arrested

Locust Fork High School assistant principal Tim Clevenger was arrested last week and charged with videotaping a nude 14-year-old girl as she prepared to take a shower. He was booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility at 12:39 a.m. last Thursday on charges of production of obscene matter, criminal surveillance, and possession of obscene matter. He was released later that […]

What’s on tap in the Legislature this year?

This is the second of two interviews conducted individually with Blount County Reps. Randall Shedd and David Standridge, who together represent more than 90 percent of Blount County voters. The upcoming legislative session begins this week and will end in June. Standridge represents about 36,000 Blount County voters. District 34 lies in a crescent from the northeast border of the […]


CHAMBER LUNCH CANCELED The Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon scheduled for noon today has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The speaker, Steve Thomas of CDG Engineers and Associates, will be rescheduled at a later date. The Chamber’s annual banquet is set for March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at World Outreach Center. Chamber luncheons will resume the fourth […]

Whited honored for 40 years’ service

Gary Whited was recently honored for 40 years’ service as councilman for Rosa. From left: District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd, Probate Judge Chris Green, Whited, wife Dale Whited, and daughters Natalie Whited, Cindy Adcock, and Sonya Bookout. Besides the plaque he is holding, Whited received congratulatory certificates from Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, and Rep. Shedd. Whited’s tenure […]

Gov. Bentley’s 2015 tax increase

State of the State...

The Alabama Governor’s Press Office has released no official information about the tax increase proposal Gov. Robert Bentley has referred to in several public appearances since early January. The press office says a news release is being prepared, but has not been scheduled for release yet. Following is a summary of what has been reported so far concerning the Governor’s […]

Internet company seeks use of Snead facilities

David and Cindy Young appeared before the Snead Town Council seeking permission to place radio antennae atop the town water tanks. Speaking for the pair, David asked assent so that their company, Total Radio Internet, could add Snead to their list of customers. In response to questions, Young indicated the service would cover distances of one-half to 3 miles and […]

Flag flown over Afghanistan now on display at museum

On July 30, 2014, Houston Wadsworth, of Oneonta, flew an American flag over Camp Warrior in Afghanistan, where he was stationed as a corporal in the Army National Guard. Wadsworth received an official certificate to go along with the flag, and now they are on display at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Camp Warrior is the biggest airfield in Afghanistan […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 24, 1927

Advanced To Second Class The Oneonta postoffice has met all requirements to be advanced to a second class office on July 1st. The business of the office increased more than fourteen per cent last year, putting the receipts from the sale of stamps at more than eight thousand dollars. The money order business was more than forty thousand dollars. It […]