Little Free Library comes to Oneonta

The Little Free Library (LFL) trend that has been sweeping the nation has made its way to Oneonta thanks to LFL stewards, Carrie and Kevin Towns. Stationed at 400 4th Avenue behind First Baptist Church of Oneonta, the community library is open to all ages. Take a book, leave a book, or both. March 30, the first day of Oneonta’s […]

Snead officials consider mosquito fight

Following a discussion begun at their previous meeting, Snead officials examined further ways the town might combat an anticipated serious mosquito season. At that March 14 meeting, Mayor Curt Painter reported some residents had contacted him about old automobile tires lying around the town. Councilman Tim Kent had suggested officials consult the health department or ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental […]

Mother of rare triplets is home

With three identical pink bundles in hand, Amber Ertley finally returned home on March 7, after enduring a few life-threatening moments and an extended hospital stay. Ertley, 24, and Levi Nelson already shared two beautiful daughters together: 5-year-old Lilly and 2-year-old Josey. They thought they were finished having children until they received the news that Ertley was pregnant again – […]

District 2 commissioner runoff coming up Tuesday

The runoff election between incumbent District 2 County Commissioner Carthal Self and challenger Mike Painter, who led the primary race in a field of five candidates on March 1, will be held at polling places throughout District 2 on Tuesday, April 12. Painter had 857 votes (28.3%) in the primary election while Self was second with 734 (22.2%). There were […]

Summit fire chief arrested for theft from department

Paula Robertson, Summit Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department chief of several years, was arrested last week and charged with theft of property. She is accused of taking an amount in excess of $4,000 from the fire department and putting it into her own account, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Robertson was arrested Thursday afternoon, booked into the […]

NEWS Briefs

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be at Heritage Golf Club on Saturday, April 9. The cost is $240 for a four-man team and includes green fee, cart, and dinner. The tournament will be a four-man scramble format. Individual, team, and door prizes will be awarded. Phone Jason Hallmark at 256-339-9158 with questions and to register. Proceeds will benefit local […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Raising awareness is one of the most effective weapons in preventing child abuse. Your readers can help. In our community, there are various events during April that are planned to raise public awareness. I would like to invite your readers to gather at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta at 11:00 on April 29th, and take part […]

Bones found under Easley Bridge not human

A group of bones found beneath Easley Covrered Bridge over the weekend was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensics Laboratory in Huntsville Monday morning where they were quickly found not to be human. Word of the discovery by an artifact hunter working the area beneath the bridge was spreading quickly by word of mouth before being quieted by mid-morning […]

The Governor and Rebekah Mason


In early 2009, Dr. Robert Bentley came to see me about his race for governor. Bentley was finishing his second term in the Alabama House of Representatives and closing down his very successful dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa. I liked Bentley immediately and thought it was magnanimous that he would want to spend his retirement years as governor. I did not […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 4, 1979

Blountsville mayor says ‘Health plan wrong’ “This would just put a medical facility further away from people in the Blountsville area,” said Mayor Jack Millwood, referring to a letter he received March 28 which indicated only three medical clinics were approved for Blount County through 1983. Millwood read the letter to Blountsville Town Council that day. It made no reference […]