Susan Moore scholars take dual championships

Susan Moore high school teacher Adam NeSmith, standing with junior class scholars (left to right) Angela Barajas, Lupita Garcia, and Taylor Gore, and (kneeling, left to right) Hunter McCormick, Collin Wagner, and Seth Ingram, pose with the April 22 tally sheet for the annual Blount County Scholars Bowl Tournament. The team completed the day undefeated as they had in the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 29, 1954

James B. Allen Addresses Large Crowd At Ball Park Lt. Governor James B. Allen, of Gadsden, brought the Allen-For-Governor Bandwagon to Oneonta last Monday night and spoke to a large crowd on the ball park behind the Grammar School. With Allen was Leslie C. King of Gadsden who spoke briefly and introduced the Lt. Governor. Mr. Allen cited his record […]

Redskins roll into second round

Three teams from the county qualified for the high school baseball playoffs but only Oneonta is still alive. The 4A Redskins pounded Curry 10-0 and 16-4 last weekend to advance to this weekend’s second round matchup against Fayette County. J.B. Pennington went to Fayette County in the first round and almost came away with the series victory. The Tigers lost […]

Playoffs start this week


The high school soccer playoffs start this week and Blount County will have two boys teams and one girls team in the field. On the girls side, Oneonta qualified for the playoffs as the champion of Area 10. Oneonta (14-1) will host Area 9 runner-up Childersburg (7-11-2) Saturday at 5 p.m. On the boys side, Oneonta is the Area 10 […]


THE CITY OF ONEONTA is now taking applications for lifeguards for this summer. Applications are available at city hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications must be received by Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m.

Area tournament time

The high school softball regular season will end this weekend and most area tournaments will begin next week. All tournaments will be double-elimination. Class 1A Area 11 – there are only two teams so the area tournament will be a one-day affair with Meek hosting Appalachian on Monday, May 2. The first game will start at noon with the second […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST CHURCH will have the annual yard sale on Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m until 2 p.m. The church is located at 5375 Ala 160. MT. EBELL BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate Decoration on Sunday, May 1. Tyler Doty will bring the message at the 11 a.m. worship service and there will be special singers performing. HARMONY […]

Museum searching for owner of Bible

The Blount County Memorial Museum is searching for the owner of a pocket Bible that was purchased in a yard sale. Inside the cover, the Bible reads, ‘Presented to James Leach by the First Evangelical Sunday School. Sept. 27, 1942.’ Amy Rhudy, the museum’s curator, would like to return this piece of family history. Anyone with information about the owner, […]

William Tracy Bishop

WILLIAM TRACY BISHOP, 69, Cleveland, died April 22, 2016, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. He was a member of Drycreek Masonic Lodge #626 and a Shriner. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was known as a jack of all trades. Parents William Henry and Wilma Roberta Bishop predeceased him. Surviving are wife Sharon Bishop; sons Kevin (Kelly) Lance, Brian […]

Shannon Elaine Crabtree Cain

SHANNON ELAINE CRABTREE CAIN, 38, Trafford, died April 18, 2016, at the residence. She enjoyed painting, needlework, and fishing. Predeceasing her were grandmother Anita Ortiz Schwenk, grandparents Ethelyn and Bernard Crabtree, and father James Lawrence Crabtree. Surviving are husband Robert Arnold Cain; sons Randall Lands, Codie Parsley, Robert Michael (Taylor) Cain, Allen Cain; mother Annette Ward Crabtree; sisters Ginnny Howell, […]