Super Chili Champions

Last Saturday, the Oneonta Business Association (OBA) held its fifth annual Super Chili Bowl Cook- Off at Park Avenue Baptist Church’s Zbinden Family Life Center. The four winners of this year’s event had a lot of heavy competition. Ellen Johnson won the top prize of $200 and also won for Best Table Décor. Her chili, Grannie E’s Old Fashioned Chili, […]

‘…could be like Mercedes to Blount County’


The Blount County Commission heard a very optimistic update on the proposed Wallace State Community College campus in Oneonta, at Monday’s meeting. “The Governor said he was amazed that we were getting (the campus),” said Economic Development Council (EDC) head Don Mitchell.“ He said this is such a unique opportunity and could be like Mercedes to Blount County.” The commission […]

Man captured after manhunt, texting 911

A Blount County man is behind bars after four agencies, including a canine unit, were called into play last Friday. Blount County deputies were serving warrants on Kevin Harless, 29, when he fled in a vehicle from authorities near Susan Moore. Eventually, the Blount County Sheriff’s Department was joined by the Snead and Cleveland police departments and a canine from […]

Flynt holds his audiences, revealing Harper Lee’s life and history

Auburn University history professor emeritus J. Wayne Flynt appeared to touch each audience in his addresses Thursday at Oneonta High School and the Oneonta City Council chambers. While Flynt’s topics drew on Harper Lee and her two published works, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, he tailored his message for his different listeners. Beginning each speech, Flynt […]


BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE will have a meeting tomorrow, Feb. 11, at 9 a.m., at the Oneonta USDA Service Center, 55545 US 231. Phone 274-2363 with questions. HAYDEN LION’S CLUB BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria.The breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children. PESTICIDE TRAINING […]

Community leads to successful lyceum inauguration

Aspiring not to be sacrilegious, I echo words from the song, “How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me” and for this community. That summarizes much of my feelings, following last week’s school and community speeches by Dr. J. Wayne Flynt. Many of you who attended have expressed appreciation for the opportunity you were afforded […]

Snead raises future council pay

In its most significant action, the Snead Town Council voted unanimously this week to increase pay for members by $100 a month. The action will apply as the new council takes office in November. The new mayor will receive $600 a month and councilors $300 a month. State statute requires councils make any pay changes for future elected officers no […]

Chamber Update

Great things are happening here in Blount County and within your Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce! As our community grows, so too does your chamber. Since July of 2015, chamber membership has grown by 60 and some of these represent existing businesses who are seeking ways to have a bigger presence in the communities they serve. Others represent new businesses […]

Forty years of service

Thursday night, more than 40 family members, friends and co-workers gathered for a very special dinner. It was a retirement dinner for Terry Cheatwood and celebrated his 41 years of service to the Blount County Co-Op. In a world where many change jobs often, Cheatwood was hired in April 1974 and retired from the same job after four decades in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 11, 1960

Bus collision injures five Five children suffered slight injuries last week when when their school bus, with about 40 students aboard, was in a collision involving two trucks. Highway Patrolman George Brown said the bus was on U.S. 231 crossing the intersection with U.S. 278 when it was struck by a tractor-trailer rig. He said the rear of the trailer […]