From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 30, 1981

Employee illness still unknown Oneonta officials still don’t know the source of whatever made an Oneonta Telephone Co. employee become ill while in a company underground cable manhole at the intersection of First Avenue and Sixth Street the middle of this month. Officials asked Control Inc., to take a sample of the liquid and solid sediment in the manhole for […]

Appalachian student’s paintings on display

Creativity runs in Brianna McMunn’s family. Both her grandmother and great-grandmother enjoyed the arts, and now the 17-year-old is following in their footsteps. The Appalachian High School junior began painting two years ago and has already seen success. Her bright, cartoon-like paintings are on display at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. Amazingly, McMunn has never taken an art class […]

Snead police chief tenders resignation

Snead police chief Phillip Weaver distributed his letter of resignation to members moments before the town council began its regular session Monday night. Weaver indicated no specific future plans but said that he wished to pursue other options. Councilmen Tim Kent, who held the same position several years ago, and Phillip McHan, who serves as police liaison to the council, […]

Panthers and Redskins on to quarterfinals

2A Cleveland and 4A Oneonta both had tough opponents on the road in the second round last week. Both are now through to the quarterfinals after (relatively) easy sweeps Friday. Friday, April 24at GastonCleveland 7, Gaston 6 Panther pitcher Ben Aaron was almost dominant but his defense struggled behind him. Aaron gave up up just three hits and a pair […]

Area tournaments this week


The high school softball regular season is over and area tournaments are being held this week. All area tournaments are double-elimination and the top two teams from each tournament will advance to next week’s region tournaments. Teams from the county that make it to next week’s region tournaments will be playing in the North Central Regional at Sokol Park in […]


J.B. PENNINGTON SOCCER is selling chances to win a pair of Southwest Airlines tickets. Chances are $10 each and the tickets are good for flights in the continental United States. The drawing will be held Saturday, May 16, in the high school auditorium and you do not have to be present to win. Contact any soccer player or Jessica Ogle […]

Spring sports notes

• Hayden won the Blount County Golf Tournament at Heritage Golf in Oneonta last week. The Wildcats won the team title while J.B. Pennington’s Brandon Butts was the medalist. • Oneonta finished second in the Section 3 Golf Tournament at Limestone Springs Monday and will advance to the North 3 Sub-State Tournament at Valley Hill Country Club in Huntsville next […]

Church Briefs

REVIVALS ANTIOCH MINISTRIES will present a Restoration Revival on Wednesday, May 13, through Friday, May 15, at 7 o’clock nightly. Guest revivalist will be Vernon Best. The church is located at 1910 Marsh Street in Oneonta. Phone 256-490- 7521 for more information. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, May 1, with prayer room at 6:45 p.m. and […]

Harold Porter Bellew

HAROLD PORTER BELLEW, 50, Oneonta, died April 21, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. He worked for Brasfield and Gorrie Construction for over 30 years and enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR and Auburn Football. Predeceasing him were father Alton Bellew and brothers Wallace Bellew, Eddie Bellew, and Lawrence Bellew. Surviving are wife Tina Bellew; daughter Audie (Josh) Fallin; grandchildren […]

Laura Ann Bowling

LAURA ANN BOWLING, 55, Horton, died April 14, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Predeceasing her were parents Bud Lee and Joel Graggs Lee, sons Jeremy Myrick and Eric Myrick, brother Roger Wayne Lee, and sisters Rebecca Lee and Julia Lee. Surviving are husband Aaron Bowling; daughter Krystal Myrick; son […]