Same-sex marriage – the law of the land


This has been an eventful year. Thousands of tourists have flocked to Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March for Civil and Voting Rights. The events that happened in Alabama spurred the enactment of the landmark acts that broke down the legal barriers prohibiting African-Americans from voting in the South. The Civil Rights Act of […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 27, 1987

Gov. Hunt, Lt. Gov. Folsom to be here Thursday Gov. Guy Hunt and Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. will be in Oneonta Thursday evening to generate support for their respective parties’ candidates in the June 2 election for the District 9 state Senate seat. Rallies this Thursday evening for Democratic nominee Hinton Mitchem and Republican nominee Nell Skidmore are open […]

Two-time champs

The Royal Predators 12U softball team successfully defended their 2014 title and won the 2015 Blount County Tournament last weekend outscoring opponents 27-4 in tournament play. The championship team went undefeated in 2014 and had a 17-4 record for the 2015 season. Front row: Amber Lee, Bella Blake, Claire Perkins, Harlie McClendon, Alice Grace Beavers, Kindle Weems, and Sadie Silvers. […]

Volunteering at Field of Miracles

The Cleveland High School baseball team went to Cullman recently to volunteer at the Field of Miracles baseball facility. The field was specially designed with a rubberized surface to accommodate people who are physically and mentally challenged. Cleveland Elementary student and Miracle League player Guner Gilliland (front and center) was all smiles and proud to have his hometown team with […]

Church Briefs

EASLEY BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, June 7, with Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., followed by a covered dish luncheon. PARK AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH will have the fifth Sunday singing on May 31 with New Ground performing at 2 p.m. Phone Norm at 994-0988. JONES CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival services June […]

EDC hires executive director

The Blount County Economic Development Council (EDC) announced yesterday that Don Mitchell has been appointed executive director, effective June 1, 2015. Mitchell is a co-founder and past president of the Marshall County Economic Development Board. His corporate roles have included ties to automotive, aerospace, and electronic manufacturing firms. Experience includes organizational start-ups, business expansions, relocations, and site selection, along with […]

Branham signs with Miles College

Moye signs with Wallace State

James Bryson Boatwright

JAMES BRYSON BOATWRIGHT, 72, Oneonta, died May 22, 2015. He was retired from Revere Cookware and enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his yard. Parents Oliver and Velma Boatwright predeceased him, as did grandchildren Evie Elizabeth Boatwright, Savannah Margaret Boatwright, and Alexander Christopher Boatwright. Surviving are wife Margie Faulkner Boatwright; son James Allen (Sarah) Boatwright; daughter Candy […]

Ida Raw Cole

IDA RAE COLE, 91, Oneonta, died May 18, 2015, at Golden LivingCenter. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on May 20 at Gober Funeral Chapel, Arab. Burial was at Arab Memorial Cemetery.

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