Officer Moon retires after 17 years with OPD



On Friday, Lt. Steve Gunn presented one of many gifts to Patrolman Delane Moon in celebration of Moon’s retirement from the Oneonta Police Department (OPD). Officer Moon served with OPD for a total of 17 years.‘Delane has always been the most reliable, visible patrol officer everyone in town notices,’ said Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman.‘He was the one you would […]

Variosa Club sends Easter gifts to Blount County ARC



Three years ago, the Variosa Club, now 36 members strong, began providing Easter gifts to the residents at the Blount County ARC. Pictured are club members (left to right) Sharon Breaseale, Martha Burdette, Anne Payton, Jean Littleton, Dixie Daily, Mildred Williams, Marlene Stroud, and Charlotte Langner. The Variosa Club is a professional, non-profit organization founded 75 years ago to promote […]

Leaders shine at Cleveland Elementary



On Friday, Cleveland Elementary student Sterling Hill (pictured above) was the speaker for the school’s Leadership Day. For the third year, elected officials, county school personnel, and other community figures were invited to the program which highlights the ways the school has excelled in leadership since becoming a ‘Leader in Me’ school in 2012. Since then, the school has seen […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 5, 1962

PM announces Locust Fork hours Ned Franklin, postmaster of the newly established Locust Fork Post Office, announces the following hours of service: Window services – 8:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Mail dispatched 9:30 p.m. to Birmingham and 10:15 a.m. by carrier to Cleveland. Mail received 1:30 a.m. from Birmingham by truck and 10:15 a.m. by carrier […]

No spring break for some teams



Spring break is always looked at as the midpoint of the high school baseball and softball seasons. A couple of teams from the county – the Hayden softball team and the Oneonta baseball team – have gotten off to dominant starts this season. Hayden jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in the 5A rankings last week after a 4-3 […]

Three Hornets sign football scholarships



Adams named new leader of the Bulldogs



Last week, the Blount County Board of Education formally approved the hiring of Ken Adams as Susan Moore High School’s new head football coach. He replaces Bryan Jennings, who resigned in February. Adams, a native of Tupelo, Miss., comes to Susan Moore from Lamar County High School in Vernon where he has been head football coach and athletic director since […]

Church Briefs



EASTER SERVICES TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 4, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Along with the egg hunt, there will be crafts and snacks. The church is located at 6156 County Road 45 in Nectar. FOWLER SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH will have a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service on Sunday with breakfast afterwards. […]

Lotha Gale Barber



LOTHA GALE BARBER, 69, Oneonta, died March 27, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. He attended New Life Ministries Church and enjoyed buying and selling. Predeceasing him were parents Lotha W. and Lou Gargus Barber. Surviving are son Matt (Kelli) Barber, Straight Mountain; stepson Daniel (Lori) Humphrey, Oneonta; stepdaughter Cherri (Danny) Fountaine, Horton; grandson Dylan Barber, Straight Mountain; step-grandchildren […]

Sherry Lynn Cromer



SHERRY LYNN CROMER, 58, Ashville, died March 28, 2015. She worked with Honda Manufacturing and was known as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are husband David Cromer; daughters Christy (Phillip) Hanson, Ashville, Autumn Armstrong, Pell City; stepson David Cromer Jr., Colorado; grandchildren Noah Hanson, Mackenzie Graves, Sienna Jones; brothers Tony (Laverne) Watkins, Wes (Marcy) Watkins, Bill (Lisa) Watkins, […]


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