The answer to Alabama’s fiscal crisis

Alabama’s General Fund budget, which appropriates taxpayer dollars to non-education state agencies, faces an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression. A budget shortfall estimated at $270 million looms over the State House. Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed $541 million in new taxes on everything from automobile purchases to tobacco products to utilities. Neither I nor any of my […]

The General Fund problem


You would have to have been under a rock for the past six months to not have heard that the state General Fund has a shortfall and Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a $540 million tax increase to resolve the problem. This crisis has been formulating for close to a decade now. It is under Dr. Bentley’s watch that the […]

Work session delegations

The Blount County Commission allots time at the beginning of the work session each month for citizens, organization members, sales representatives, or others who wish to address the commission to present their complaints, concerns, problems, progress reports, or proposals to the commission. This month Waymon Pitts, representing the Blount County Economic Development Council, led off with an update on its […]

National Day of Prayer

About 70 people gathered at the courthouse at noon last Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer. Here, pastor Glenn Bynum of Village Springs Baptist Church voices a prayer for the media. Prayers were also offered for the city, the government, the military, business, education, the church, and the family. Those attending sang ‘God Bless America,’ recited pledges to […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 11, 1967

Gas tax fund, tag bill to cost Blount $257,000 Representative Bill Lemley has advised The Southern Democrat that Blount County can expect a total of $595,000 in state gasoline tax funds in 1967. This fund totaled $717,000 in 1966, including farmto market road funds. Of Blount’s $595,000, the seven municipalities in Blount (Oneonta, Blountsville, Hayden, Allgood, County Line, Cleveland, and […]

Hayden softball returns to state tournament

The Hayden Lady Wildcats rolled through the 5A North-Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa last week. The top-ranked team in Class 5A made quick work of Wenonah with a 15-0, three-inning blitzing of the Lady Dragons in the first round Friday. The second round would prove to be the toughest as the Lady Wildcats built a 5-2 lead but then fought […]

SPORTS briefs

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 […]

Redskins fall just short


The Oneonta Redskins almost dug their way out of a game three hole but, in the end, Brooks got the win and the Redskins’ season came to an end one game short of a trip to Montgomery and the state championship series. Thursday, May 7at OneontaBrooks 12, Oneonta 0 (5 innings) Brooks had UAB-signee Tanner Graham on the mound for […]

Handmade guns on display at museum

Mike Etheredge of Hayden has been making guns for more than a decade, and his work is now on display at the Blount County Memorial Museum. All three guns in the display case are shootable replicas of weapons used any time from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution. Museum visitors can also see a powder horn, a […]

Hayden Lady Wildcats

34-5 and ranked No. 1 in Class 5A Alabama High School State Tournament at Lagoon Park, Montgomery Thursday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.Hayden (34-5) vs.Shelby County (20-9)