Walk for Hope

Oak Hill Cemetery Decoration Day set

Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta will hold the 41st annual Decoration Day this weekend. Volunteers will man the entrances from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, to assist families and to accept donations for cemetery upkeep. Many families elect to donate in lieu of placing flowers on graves, and some choose to do […]

Ruminations from the legislative delegation


Legislators are expecting a hectic time this week in Montgomery as the session moves toward its end-ofmonth conclusion. Major, controversial issues still remain to be debated and resolved, not least of which is Sen. Del Marsh’s bill proposing a state lottery and expansion of gambling as sources of revenue to cure the state’s budget woes. Marsh began the discussion last […]

Good crowd at first-ever Ag Expo

Districts report 2015 paving plans

Commissioners for three of the county’s four districts announced road paving plans for 2015 recently. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong, District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert, and District 4 Commissioner Gary Stricklin all provided specifics as to roads to be repaved or extensively patched this year. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong provided a summary of his road improvement plan for 2015 […]


HARPO MEETING The Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization will meet Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the Oneonta Rec Field Depot building. The main topic of the meeting is an update on transportation projects. Phone Laurel Land at 264- 8473 for more information. COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS Tickets are on sale now for the hilarious comedy, Things My Mother […]

City releases beer tax report

City manager Ed Lowe reported $48,411.21 in beer excise tax revenues for Oneonta’s first six months sales period. By past resolution, those funds are earmarked at 50 percent to the city’s general fund and 25 percent each to police/fire and Oneonta City Schools. In discussion with The Blount Countian, Lowe noted that the more than $12,000 set for schools had […]

Results are a mixed bag

Readers Survey

There were many readers who took the time to return our Reader Survey and for that we thank you. Unfortunately, the readers did not form anything close to a consensus on any of the categories. There were, however, some very good responses and we will be using them to make our paper (your paper) even better. Some readers asked for […]

Seventh-graders rewrite cell phone policy


A class of Hayden Middle School seventh-graders will have their proposal in the upcoming fall edition of the Blount County School Handbook. What started as a simple research assignment, morphed into a threemonth project. When seventh-grade English teacher Mary Hicks presented the topic of cell phone usage in class to her students, they immediately became fired up on the topic. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 7, 1986

DA’s budget passes $280,000 mark Candidates Fitzhugh Burttram and Van Davis agree – it is time for a fulltime assistant district attorney in Blount County. Incumbent Burttram, seeking election to a second full term, says he has asked the State for an additional $35,000 in his budget to provide fulltime prosecution services in Blount. His opponent, Van Davis, says revenues […]