From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 26, 1983

Blount to receive $9.9 million for roadwork Road improvements totaling over $9.9 million will be made in Blount County over the next five years if state projections are true to form. Local projects, including that will correct hazardous conditions at Blount County’s Klein Bridge, are listed on the state highway department’s five-year, long-range construction plan, according to information issued at […]

OFD Breast Cancer Awareness shirts on sale



For the fifth year in a row, the Oneonta Fire Department is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness by selling T-shirts. Shirts, sizes small through XXXL, can be purchased for $15 at Oneonta City Hall. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. – Nicole Singleton

Qualifying update #2

Election 2016

Eight Republican candidates have qualified for local office in Blount County as of Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 27. No Democratic candidates have qualified as yet. Incumbents are shown in italics. Candidates qualifying since the last update on Oct. 20 are underlines. Republican qualifying candidates, officesBlount County Board of Education,SuperintendentRodney GreenBlount County Board of Education, member, District 4Brett KingBlount County Board of […]

Sparks earns Ph.D.



Dr. Eric Sparks, formerly of Allgood and a 2004 graduate of Cleveland High School, earned his Ph.D in marine sciences from the University of South Alabama in Mobile and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Dauphin Island. He graduated cum laude from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Eric is husband to Lacy Sparks and the son […]

Wildcats claim playoff berth



It was a night of firsts for the Hayden Wildcats as they played host to the St. Clair County Saints. The Cats won 40-21 and it was the first time ever that Hayden has qualified for the Class 5A playoffs. It was also the first time in 11 years that the Cats have had a winning season and the first […]

Panthers blow out Bulldogs



The Cleveland Panthers delivered an emphatic exclamation point to close the 2A Region 7 slate with a 45-13 destruction of Gaston last Friday night at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium. Cleveland got a 27-yard field goal from Juan Castro and a 23-yard touchdown run from Cody Blackwood to take a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Gaston moved deep into […]

Falcons fly past Appalachian



The Donoho Falcons used a strong passing game and tough run defense to pick up a 34-14 win over Appalachian and James E. Carr Stadium last Friday night. Falcon quarterback Ross Svensen completed 18 of 27 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles had trouble running the ball but Jasper Hutchens and the Appalachian passing game put together […]

Regular season comes to an end

High School Football Week 11 Preview

The high school football season will end this week for Appalachian, Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington, and Southeastern. The season will continue for at least one more week for Cleveland, Hayden, Oneonta, and Susan Moore as each has qualified for the playoffs. We will break down the playoff games next week but the match-ups that are locked in are Hayden at […]

Hornets hold off Tigers



The Locust Fork Hornets jumped out to a 12-0 halftime lead but then had to hold off visiting J.B. Pennington for a 28-21 victory last Friday night. Locust Fork got on the board on the opening kickoff when Chase Biles fielded the ball at the 19 and motored 81 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed but Locust Fork […]

Westminster upsets Oneonta



The Westminster Christian Wildcats used a bigplay running game and dominating run defense to take down Oneonta 21-12 last Friday night at Gilbreath Stadium. Oneonta managed just 12 yards rushing on 29 carries while Westminster rolled up 321 rushing yards on 54 attempts. After falling behind 14-0 in the second quarter, the Redskins rallied and trailed just 14-12 early in […]