Update on closed county bridges

Four county bridges remain closed following severe flooding on Christmas night. They are House Road Bridge off County Road 15, Dalton Walker Road Bridge in the Summit area, Gaines Road Bridge in the Wynnville area, and Miller Road Bridge, east of Snead. House Road Bridge is in the city of Oneonta. It went under water on Christmas night and was […]

Local wrecker service lodges complaints with Snead council

Ann Sullins expressed concerns to the Snead Town Council last week over actions she felt treated her husband’s business unfairly. Sullins questioned procedures related to the town’s use of sealed bids in general and a police vehicle accident on March 1, specifically. Town clerk Rae Ware told Sullins that the council together opens sealed bids which have been turned in. […]

New cafeteria up and running at Susan Moore

Susan Moore Elementary School concluded construction on its new 8,405-square-foot cafeteria at the end of February. The project took almost a year to complete due to a delay caused by unforeseen issues, and was a long-needed addition to the school. The elementary school and high school have always shared a lunchroom, which caused a variety of issues. The new cafeteria […]

The city’s side of the coin

School board funding request...

( Ed.– The Oneonta School Board was on the agenda to speak further concerning school funding to the Oneonta City Council Tuesday evening. They were expected to present a petition asking the council to include the school system in the city budget on a yearly basis. ) Only one side of the school funding story has been effectively told, according […]


SNEAD SENIOR CITIZEN’S CENTER will have a singing Monday, March 28, at 9 a.m., featuring Freida Martin and her grandson, John. Everyone is welcome. BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER is selling tickets for its annual prize drawing. Purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win a Big Green Egg, a two-night stay at Ross Bridge Resort, a 40-inch Smart 4K TV, […]

House moves tax referendum bill

Moving Blount County Forward...

The Moving Blount County Forward plan of the Blount County Commission – embodying a 1-cent sales tax increase proposal to support roads and bridges, schools, fire departments, and municipalities in the county – was introduced as a bill in the Alabama House of Representatives by District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd last Thursday. The bill was assigned a reference number, HB […]

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The power of a state senator


In the literary classic,“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” the author draws parallels to a nation that was on top of the world and because of perverse, grandiose and pompous behavior, the dynasty self-destructed and destroyed itself. It was from reading this that Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev believed that we, the United States, would destroy ourselves thus causing […]

Regional champs five years running

The Susan Moore High School archery team was named regional champions for the fifth straight year recently at the tournament held at Albertville High School. SMHS won with a total score of 3292, earning them a spot at the state competition April 7 in Montgomery. Matthew Burns and Baylor Wagnor shot perfect scores 50/50. Burns was top male high school […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 19, 1925

Prisoners Break Jail Henry Walden and Huey Burgess, prisoners in the Blount County Jail, sawed their way to Liberty last Thursday night. They affected their escape by sawing the bars from one of the windows in the third story, and descending to the ground by means of a rope made by tying blankets together. Walden weighs about 240 pounds and […]