Merit board agrees with Wall over jurisdiction

The Merit System Board of Blount County granted Geneva Wall’s plea to hear her appealed dismissal by the City of Oneonta. The board, at a meeting on Jan. 7, had requested arguments from Wall’s attorney, John Saxon, as to why they should hear her case. The city had contended that Wall was an unclassified employee and did not enjoy classified […]

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The Southern Democrat, February 5, 1986

Snead – Gas tax increase to be on ballot When residents of Snead vote in the June 3 primary election, they can also vote for or against a proposed one-cent increase in the municipal gas tax. George Vice, following the suggestion of Mayor Ernest McCall, moved at last week’s council meeting that the town hold the referendum. Vice, the mayor, […]

Big week for Panthers

High School Basketball

The Cleveland Panthers have been a bit up and down this season. Despite blowout wins over area foes West End and Gaston, Cleveland will go into next week’s 2A Area 12 Tournament as the No. 2 seed after losing to area champion Asbury by 17 points and 10 points during the regular season. However, last week the Panthers seemed to […]


ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players (ages 3-12 for baseball; 4-12 for softball) may register Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration fee is $100 per player and a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be provided. For more information, contact the Oneonta Rec Center at 625-3534. […]

Four from county to sign today

High School Football

Peyton Gilliland, the Larry “Pod” Patterson Player of the Year for Blount County, is one of three players from the county that will sign college football scholarships today. Gilliland is expected to sign with Jacksonville State University as a defensive back. He is a two-time, all-state selection and a two-time nominee for 2A Back of the Year. This past season, […]

85 years young

Sam Miller, also known as Paw Paw or Uncle Sam, is son of the late CH and Zora Miller and brother of the late Wesley Miller, CL Miller, Arvil Miller, Polly Miller Green, and Betty Jo Miller Copeland. The family was full of mischief and fun. Mr. Miller has had a full life, including service with the U.S. Army, work […]

Five generations

Jaxon Levi Williamson, born Nov. 27, 2015, is surrounded by four generations.

Church Briefs

EVENTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF SUSAN MOORE will have a Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Dinner tickets are $10 and includes a rib dinner, all the fixings, and a raffle. For tickets, phone Manuel Villegas at 456- 0258, Liz Villegas at 456-0880, or Jenny Garcia at […]

Thomas Alfred Belmont

THOMAS ALFRED BELMONT, 91, Oneonta, died Jan. 28, 2016, at TLC Nursing Center. Formerly of California, Mr. Belmont served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as a truck driver and was a member of the California Masonic Lodge in Richmond, Calif., for more than 50 years. Wife Charlotte Belmont and […]

Stanley Bernard

STANLEY BERNARD, 78, Walnut Grove, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Golden LivingCenter, Boaz. Born in Kentucky, he was predeceased by parents Carl E. and Carrie Mae Bernard, grandchild Johnathan Bernard, and four siblings. Surviving are wife Janet Perkins Bernard; sons Jeffrey Eugene Bernard, Boaz, Mark Bernard, Kentucky; daughters Carrie Mae Bernard, Pam Bernard, both of Kentucky, Carolyn Gardner, Virginia; grandchildren; […]