‘I need the prayer, and you need the practice’

‘Pray for me,’ Gregg Armstrong said following his swearing in as Blount County revenue commissioner by Gov. Robert Bentley. Then, quoting one of his grandmother Hannah Narcissus Armstrong’s dictums to him, he added,‘I need the prayer, and you need the practice.’ Assisting with the ceremony, the family tableau includes daughter Hannah, son Charlie, and wife Angie. The swearing-in was performed […]

Suspects arrested in Locust Fork homicides

Three suspects have been arrested for a double homicide that occurred in Locust Fork two weeks ago. They are being held in the Blount County jail, pending further charges. Arrested yesterday were Paul Mason Trull, 18, of Pinson; William Lane Bosner, 20, of Cleveland; and Michael Cody Dooley, 32, of Remlap. The victims were Gary “Sambo” Hazelrig, 43, and Rasha […]

Commission approves 2016 county budget on 3-1 vote

The Blount County Commission adopted the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget in a split vote last Thursday at a special meeting called for that purpose, with Commissioner Allen Armstrong offering the motion for adoption and Commissioner Dean Calvert seconding. Three commissioners voted in favor of the budget and one voted against it. Gary Stricklin joined Armstrong and Calvert in voting for […]

Alcohol sales approved for Covered Bridge Festival

The Oneonta City Council approved a special events license to permit alcohol sales at the city’s annual Covered Bridge Festival. With no dissenting votes, council permission followed a public hearing, which was held 15 minutes prior to the regular council session. No one spoke at the hearing. Joe O’Brien, principal owner of ECI (Events Concessions Inc.), made the official request […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 4, 1928

New Bridges The Nectar bridge, which has been under construction for several weeks, has been completed and is now open to traffic. The structure is a lattice covered bridge and spans the Warrior river near Nectar. It is over 400 feet in length. The Yarbrough bridge across Little Warrior has also been re-built. It is 200 feet in length. Both […]

Fire at apartments leaves tenants displaced

Fifteen tenants from the Eastside Apartments in Oneonta have been displaced for the time being due to a fire that took place in their apartment building on Friday, according to Oneonta Public Safety director Brandon Horton. The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. The Oneonta Fire Department arrived on the scene, and with help from neighboring departments, had the blaze […]


THE 3RD ANNUAL HAYDEN DAY will be Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hayden Town Hall. The free event includes food vendors, arts and crafts, a kids area with inflatables, and more. Phone town hall at 647-7191 or 590-0300 or visit www.townofhayden.com for more information or to register a booth. ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR […]

Blountsville Senior Citizen Center gets $1,000 check

Last month, the Golden LivingCenter in Oneonta presented a $1000 check to the Blountsville Senior Citizen Center.‘We really aim to keep a good relationship with all senior citizen centers throughout Blount County, and decided it was time to provide this to Blountsville’s,’ said Golden LivingCenter executive director Suzanne Shelton. Shelton says she was told the senior center planned to use […]

2016 election cycle begins

Qualifying starts next week...

The 2016 election cycle officially begins Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. That’s when qualifying begins for offices to be voted on in the Nov. 8, 2016 elections. The qualifying period ends on Nov. 6, 2015. The primaries, both Democratic and Republican, will be Tuesday, March 1, 2016. That’s also the day of Alabama’s Presidential Primary. Below is a list of local […]

Celebrating five generations

Baby Aria Daily is pictured sitting with great-great-grandmother Juanita Stephens of Nectar. Standing, from left, are Aria’s mother Kayla Owens of Locust Fork, her grandmother Shae Tindal of Oneonta, and her great-grandmother Glenda Silas of Allgood.