‘We are all Oneonta’

Oneonta Board of Education Superintendent Michael Douglas addressed parents forcefully Monday night concerning the needs and means of the Oneonta City School System. Earlier in the day The Blount Countian interviewed him about the purpose of the evening presentation. Both the interview and the presentation are summarized below. The presentation summary is keyed to the images shown in Douglas’s talk. […]

End of the line for Lady Hornets

The Locust Fork Lady Hornets fought hard but came up just one point short in a 52-51 loss to Sipsey Valley last night in the Final Four at Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Locust Fork ends the season with a record of 30-2.

City handles several personnel matters

Oneonta took several personnel actions and discussed still others in their latest meeting. Councilors voted to promote five police officers to the recently advertised corporal positions. Following the elevations of Steven Adamson, Jimmy Baldwin, Wes Buchanan, Mike Harris, and Keith Roddam, Oneonta police chief James Chapman referred to the five as “the best of the best.” In their comment period, […]

Filming a movie at Palisades Park

Twenty-three students from Florida State University (FSU) recently came to Palisades Park in Blount County. Between the ages of 22 and 32, they are a very select and diverse group. Two members are from Ecuador, four from China, and the rest from all over the United States. Half are male; half are female. They are completing their final year in […]


BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, March 7, at 1 p.m., in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. LITTLE MISS BEAUTY QUEEN pageant will be held Saturday, March 5, at 4 p.m., at […]

The Odd Couple

– both flavors – coming up this weekend and next

The Community Arts Council of Blount County will present the comedy The Odd Couple this weekend at the Frank Green Building auditorium at 7 p.m., Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 6. The performance this weekend is the ‘male’ version, with leading characters Oscar and Felix played by Ed Shirley and Scott Harvey, […]

Merit board hearing delayed

Attorneys involved in The City of Oneonta vs. Blount County Merit Board suit asked Circuit Judge Steven King to postpone their Feb. 26 scheduled hearing before him. According to city attorney Alex Smith, county attorney Jeff Sherrer, who represents the merit board, had a conflict with the date. Smith reported that in a conference call with King, Sherrer, John Saxon […]

Big winner

Jessie Moore of Oneonta is pictured holding the big check from H&R Block, Oneonta. The Moores won $1000 as a part of H&R Block’s 1000 Win $1000 Daily sweepstakes held last month where the company gave away $1 million a day for 32 days during the first month of tax season. According to manager Charlene Quinn, the winnings are in […]

The Electoral College system


You know the outcome of our presidential preference primary yesterday. I do too, today; however, this column had to go to press a few days prior to the primary. Therefore, I will have to report and analyze your voting in a later column. One thing I do know is that we had a lot more attention paid to us in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 1, 1962

Snead folks work on mill plans The prospects for a sorghum syrup mill for the Snead Community are looking brighter. The sponsors hope to have it going this year, but the plans may not be completed by planting time. About 40 farmers have attended two meetings on the project and about 25 are interested in growing the sorghum. At a […]