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Susan Moore man charged following shooting incident

Richard Clarke, 40, of Ballard Road in Susan Moore, was charged with six felony counts yesterday following a shooting incident with family members and later with law enforcement Sunday night. The incident occurred after Clarke allegedly mixed vodka and prescription medication, resulting in an altered mental state. He began firing a rifle at terrified family members, and when law enforcement […]

Casey’s video goes viral

When District Attorney Pamela Casey posted a Facebook video last week to inform Blount County parents about a cell phone app, what happened afterward stretched farther than she could have imagined. Now, she’s been featured on Good Morning America and interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). All because her 2-minute video went viral with 5.4 million views. It began […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, Sepember 7, 1961

Notice: Don’t shoot nuthin’ at nobody Due to recent complaints received by Oneonta Police Department in regard to the use of pump guns, air guns, slingshots, etc., the department would like to bring the following ordinance of 1937 to the attention of each citizen: “Be it ordained by the Town of Oneonta, Alabama, that, on and after the date of […]

Shelby County, the home of Gov. Bentley


Shelby County sits in the geographic center of the state and is the birthplace and childhood home of Gov. Robert Bentley. It is also renowned for being the fastest growing county in Alabama for the past four decades. Shelby County has become a mecca for suburbanites in the Hoover/ Birmingham metropolitan area. Shelby County has not always been a suburban […]

Threats lead to Southeastern student’s suspension

A 17-year-old Southeastern student was suspended on Thursday after allegedly threatening to do something to the school, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Blount County Supt. Rodney Green confirmed the student made inappropriate comments and/or threats pertaining to the school, but those comments have been addressed. “The school is 100 percent safe,” he said. Information on what the juvenile […]

Budget progress grinds to a halt

The Blount County Commission met Thursday, Sept. 3, for its fourth work session to prepare the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget for adoption at the next commission business meeting on Sept. 14. The chief item of business was for the four commissioners to reach consensus on how to divide approximately $3.7 million in gas tax revenues equitably between the county road […]


HAYDEN LIONS CLUB WAFFLE HOUSE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. The $6 plate includes waffle, meat, and beverage. Money raised will benefit local community projects. The club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant in Blount Springs. Phone Paul Cunningham at […]

Sponsor ‘priority budgeting’ legislation

District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd:

I have asked the Legislative Reference Service office to draft legislation called “Priority Budgeting” and I expect to have it ready to introduce on the first day of the second special session (Sept. 8). If new taxes, revenue transfers, or even a lottery passes for the General Fund, I believe the people of Alabama deserve to know how it will […]

Smoke Rise man arrested for making terroristic threats

Last week, Bradley Truman Collier, 45, of Smoke Rise, was arrested by Sumiton police after he made terroristic threats to a Sumiton dispatcher. The incident began in a Wal-Mart parking lot, according to Sumiton police Chief T.J. Burnett, who said Collier confronted a Sumiton police officer because he believed the officer had cut him off. Collier allegedly told the officer […]