Crowing Achievement

Some girls spend years perfecting their pageant talents while some are just natural. Hayden junior Kaitlynn Campbell (right) is a living example of that. Campbell was crowned Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen in her first-ever pageant performance. Campbell, a foster child, came to Hayden High School in September when she moved into a girl’s home in Hayden known as King’s Home.‘This […]

Probate Judge sued for failing to issue same-sex marriage license

Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green is being sued for failing to issue a same-sex marriage license to two residents of the county on Feb. 9. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of Alabama on Feb. 16 by Kelvin Hathcote and Joseph Hill. The complaint states that Hill called the Probate Office on […]

Agri-Business Center ‘struggling,’

needs $22,000 bailout, Hallmark says

Agri-Business Center Board Chairman Jeff Hallmark didn’t use the word “bailout.” What he told the county commission at the Monday business meeting was:“We’re asking for help. We’re struggling at the Agri- Business Center. We’re asking y’all to pay the secretary’s salary for the next 15 pay periods.” The amount needed would be in the range of $22,000 to $23,000, he […]


RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF for Blount County will be tomorrow, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. at World Outreach Center. MISS BLOUNT COUNTY PAGEANT will be Sunday, March 15, at J.B. Pennington High School. Girls ages one month through high school seniors are invited to participate. For more information, email SAFETY FAIR The 5th Annual Oneonta Public Library Safety Fair […]

Bill to restore alcohol sales to affected towns in progress

Four bills – two in theHouse and two in the Senate – to, in effect, confirm alcohol sales in Alabama towns that voted ”wet” in municipal option elections over the past six years, have passed their respective House and Senate committees. Both are in line for consideration by their respective bodies as soon as Tuesday (yesterday). Both house bills were […]

No answers in case of missing Hayden woman

All leads received by the Blount County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of missing Hayden woman Felicia Ann Weaver, 54, have resulted in dead ends. Weaver has not been found since her house was destroyed by fire on Feb. 5 on Jack Cole Road. Weaver’s body was not located in the rubble after extensive searching. “It’s a mystery,” said Capt. […]

Readers Write

Scenic Overlook This letter regards the recent article about re-developing the old 231 bridgeand the local landowner’s concern that “no one takes care of it or patrols it.” Ibelieve the redevelopment of the bridge for more public enjoyment of the riveris exactly the best remedy to the landowner’s complaint. The addition of lighting and improved car access to the river […]

Teacher indicted by grand jury

Ashley Parkins Pruitt, the teacher arrested in November and charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors for sexual contact with students, has been indicted by a Blount County grand jury. She was indicted on two counts of sex act with a student, two counts of providing pornography to a minor, and one count of sex contact with a student. The […]

Common Core and the 2016 election


Common Core is not only a hot political issue in Alabama, it has become a political football nationwide and it appears to be a hot potato in the looming 2016 GOP presidential contest. As soon as Jeb Bush announced that he would “actively explore” a 2016 presidential bid, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, also a potential candidate and Tea Party Libertarian, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 14, 1984

Palisades construction ahead The Blount County Commission has accepted a bid for construction at Palisades Park. Planned are two new large shelters and an additional restroom with water and sewer lines. Commission Chairman Frank Green told commissioners March 12 that, although only one bid was received, it was lower than the park board had estimated cost of the proposed construction […]