Snead council examines resolutions

The Snead Town Council reviewed two proposed resolutions at its latest meeting this week. Members approved the annual Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Program resolution. That continues policy the town has had in effect for several years and meets regular requirements set by ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management). At the encouragement of town clerk Rae Ware, councilors agreed to delay […]

Suspect of Warrior police chase in custody

After leading Warrior police on a chase that ended in a wreck on Highway 31 in Gardendale on April 1, William Shiloh Hunter Osborn, 21, of Oneonta, is now in custody. Warrior police responded to a call on Helen Circle near May Circle April 1 at 2:20 a.m. Osborn was threatening a man when police arrived. He led them on […]

Blue Ribbon Dinner this year may be blockbuster

Warning: this is not a routine reminder of a civic banquet. That’s because every year Blount County Children’s Center director Jim Ed Clayton comes up with another way to dramatize the monstrous dimensions of child abuse in our world. It’s set for April 19 – next Tuesday – at 6 p.m. at World Outreach Center. Last year it was a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 15, 1943

Hail Storm Here Saturday One of the heaviest hail storms in the history of this county reached Oneonta and the section North of town about 4:30 last Saturday afternoon, and did some damage to young gardens, trees, car tops and the roofs of a few houses. The hail was the largest ever seen by residents here. Some of it was […]

Hayden wins Blount County Tournament


The Hayden Lady Wildcats have made the Blount County Softball Tournament their own personal playground the last few years. After all, Hayden is now the five-time defending champion after rolling over J.B. Pennington 17-2 in five innings in Saturday’s championship game. Hayden, ranked No. 4 in 5A in the latest poll by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA), opened the […]

Redskins wrap up area title

The Oneonta Redskins wrapped up the 4A Area 10 title with a two-game sweep of J.B. Pennington last week. Oneonta took care of the Tigers 5-0 in Blountsville on Monday and then closed out the series last Tuesday with an 11-1 win over the visitors on Tuesday. The Redskins hosted 6A Pinson Valley later in the week and jumped out […]


UMPIRES ARE NEEDED for spring rec league baseball. For more information, phone 205-601-3803. THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHEASTERN ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Saturday, April 23, at Whippoorwill Golf Course. The event features a four-man scramble format and entry fee is $60 per golfer – green fee, cart and meal are included. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the tournament […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS PINSON PARKWAY CHURCH OF GOD will have a giant church yard sale on Saturday, April 16, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 6317 Ala 79 in Pinson. There will be tools, furniture, clothing, dishes, toys, and much more for sale. Concessions will be available. Proceeds benefit church projects. MULBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a fish fry Saturday, April […]

Anne B. Barnes

ANNE B. BARNES, 70, Oneonta, passed away on April 2, 2016. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she traveled the country for several years before becoming a permanent resident of Florida. There she devoted most of her career to working in the administrative departments of various state agencies, specializing in grant writing. After retiring 10 years ago, she moved to […]

Wayne Cole

WAYNE COLE, 61, Springville, died April 5, 2016. He was a member of Hulletts Chapel Methodist Church and active with the Davis Lake Fire Department. Father Don Cole and brothers Dennis Cole and Dale Cole predeceased him. Surviving are mother Margaret Cole; sister Donna (Randy) Davis, all of Springville. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on April 8, at […]