Board approves purchase of Straight Mountain property

The Blount County Board of Education approved the purchase this week of 50 acres of land on County Road 12 adjacent to Appalachian School. The action was taken during Monday’s regularly-scheduled board meeting. The land was acquired at a price of $181,000 from the Ellis Family Estate and the board authorized Superintendent Jim Carr to close on the property as […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 2, 1937

FIRE RAZES LUMBER PLANT; WILL BE REBUILT AT ONCE A loss estimated at between $10,000 and $12,000 was sustained early Tuesday morning when the sawmill of R.L. Sawyer, on First Avenue, burned According to the first ones at the fire, somewhere between 1 and 2 A.M., the mill was then in a huge blaze and although the fire department was […]

Appalachian 10-and-under are county champs

The Appalachian 10-and-under softball team finished undefeated in the regular season (18-0) and also captured the county tournament title. The team finished the year 35-3 overall and placed second in tournaments at Trussville and Morris. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Lily Dean, Luz Chacon, Kaden Gilliland, Adrina Rodriguez, Montse Mena, and Dalys Day. Back row (l to r) […]


CHURCH CO-ED SOFTBALL will be played at Oneonta Rec Park this Sunday, June 7. At 1 p.m., Believers plays Mt. Pleasant; at 2:15 p.m., Church of Christ plays Mtn. Pointe; and at 3:30 p.m., Light House plays Redeemer. Games will be played each Sunday through the end of June. SUSAN MOORE TOUCHDOWN CLUB is selling chances to win a John […]

Church Briefs

EASLEY BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, June, 7. Following the 10 a.m. Sunday school and 11 a.m. worship service, church members, family, and friends will gather in the fellowship hall for a covered dish luncheon. The church holds yard sales on the first and third weekend of every month at 62866 U.S. 231. Proceeds benefit Redeemed Ministries, a […]

Janie Hemby

JANIE HEMBY, 72, Springville, died May 27, 2015, at Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. She retired from AMEREX after more than 30 years of service, was of the Church of God faith, and enjoyed gardening and all types of crafts. Prede-ceasing her were parents Elmer and Lillie Williams Murray, husband William Hemby, son Danny Nichols, and sister Doris Jackson. Surviving are […]

Linda Diane Lawson

LINDA DIANE LAWSON, 67, Blountsville, died May 25, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She enjoyed watching old mystery television programs. Predeceasing her were father George England, mother Lila Cobb England, and sister Vicki Booker. Surviving are husband Charles Lawson; son Brandon Lawson, Royal. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. on May 28 at Lemley Funeral Home […]

Reba Dean Box Martinez

REBA DEAN BOX MARTINEZ, 37, Susan Moore, died May 26, 2015, at the residence. Father Dennis Ray Box predeceased her, as did stepfather Robbie Cornelius, grandparents Buddy Box, Clausson and Mary Lou Price, and C.J. and Sybil Frachiseur, and husband Rocky Martinez. Surviving are children Kailey Alanis Frachiseur, Dennis Paul Frachiseur, both of Horton; stepchildren Dustin AZ Martinez, Jessye Bailey, […]

Rocky Martinez

ROCKY MARTINEZ, 41, Susan Moore, died May 25, 2015, at the residence. Born in Florida, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Father Steve Martinez and grandfather AZ Alford predeceased him. Surviving are children Dustin AZ Martinez, Trystan James Martinez, Jessiah Taylor Martinez, Rocky Jebidiah Martinez, all of Susan Moore; grandchildren Crymson Faye Martinez, Timothy James Martinez, both of Susan Moore; mother […]

Johnathan Larry Nelson

JOHNATHAN LARRY NELSON, 31, Albertville, died May 21, 2015, at Huntsville Hospital. Known as a loving person, he enjoyed reading and most outdoor activities and was an excellent marksman. Father William “Leo” Nelson predeceased him, as did grandfather Eugene Herbert Nelson and grandparents Walter and Doris Williams. Surviving are daughters Delilah Kay Nelson, Ava Nelson, both of Albertville, Josie Nelson, […]

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