NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, July 16, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Guest speaker will be Anthony Campbell, editor of The Advertiser Gleam newspaper. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. The meeting will feature an education forum consisting of Hayden […]

Green turns tide with sheet of paper


The discussion of road budgets turned contentious (again) in last Thursday’s Blount County Commission work session, when District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong accused Commission Chairman Chris Green and two other commissioners of voting in a bloc to deprive districts 1 and 2 of adequate funding, based on his (and District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self’s) opinion of a fair budget split. […]

Murder suspect captured after bond revoked

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force has apprehended an Oneonta man who was free on bond awaiting trial for murder. Tyler Reynolds, 24, was charged with reckless murder in the death of Melissa Gilbert, 20, Remlap, on Airport Road in June 2014. An arrest warrant was issued for Reynolds after he failed to take court-ordered drug tests and failed to […]

Back to School Briefs

CLEVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will hold student registration during regular school hours on Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24. Parents will need to provide an up-to-date immunization (blue slip), birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of residency. Kindergarten orientation will be Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the lunchroom. Sixth grade orientation will be Sunday, […]

The day Paul Hubbert took on George Wallace


A good many of you let me know that you agreed with my column last week when I suggested that stealing from the Special Education Trust Fund Budget to resolve the dilemma in the General Fund is not the solution needed during the looming extraordinary special session. This potential raid on education money is not the first time that this […]

Wallace State branch campus in planning stages for Oneonta

Following is a statement released by Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe after a meeting with Wallace State Community College president Vicki Karolewics and three other Wallace State department heads yesterday. The meeting concerned a Wallace State presence being projected for Oneonta. “We have entered preliminary discussions with Wallace State about offering secondary education in Oneonta. The intent is to offer […]

Neely Arts Center boasts new dimensions, starting in August

Neely Arts Center will add new course offerings in several exciting areas for those seeking opportunities in arts and arts-related activities, according to coowner Deborah Beason. Below is a summary of new courses available. Recreational Music Making (RMM) This course, offered for both adults and teens, focuses on music making in the context of popular bands or ensembles. It includes […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 18, 1946

More Polio There have been two additional cases of polio reported in Blount County since that of a six-yearold which was reported three weeks ago. A three-year-old Blountsville child died in a Florence Hospital last week as a result of the disease. The child was first taken to a Cullman Hospital, where a diagnosis of polio was given, and was […]

Pair from county to play in all star contests

A Hayden softball player and an Oneonta baseball player will represent the county in next week’s high school all star games in Montgomery. Hayden’s Sharley Miller and Oneonta’s Ko Powell – both rising seniors – will play next Tuesday, July 21, in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association games. The games are part of All-Star Sports Week, […]

Bulldogs 12-U champs