Flag-raisers get scholarships

The students at right are sixth-graders in Sandy McElvey’s gifted class at Cleveland Elementary School – flanked by a very good friend. From the left: Bryson Browning, Logan Washburn, Pierce Gilliland, Jacob Dutton, Storm Edgil, Breanna Johnson – and Wallace State president Vicki Karolewics. McElvey asked the kids to go along to the Wallace State-Oneonta temporary campus center grand opening […]

Snead road repair agreement, tax abatement for new business highlight May commission meeting

The Blount County Commission approved an agreement with the town of Snead to share equally in the expense of repairing Moore Road, but not without acrimony. The road had been heavily damaged in connection with the construction of a new Dollar General at Moore Road’s junction with U.S. 278, about two miles west of Snead Crossroads. Moore Road serves as […]

Sisters drown in Locust Fork River

Jessie Lynn Harmon, 12, and Diana Marie Harmon, 14, of Locust Fork, accidentally drowned in the Locust Fork River on Saturday while swimming with their father and younger sister, Amber Harmon, 10. They were near Dean’s Ferry Road at a popular swimming hole. Blount County Sheriff’s Department Operations Officer Tim Kent said,“Their father took them swimming. They couldn’t swim well, […]

Young child struck by pickup in Hayden dies

There’s a discrepancy here

When is an apparent funding cut not a funding cut? That’s the question, and the subject under discussion is the recent article in The Blount Countian headlined “Legislature slashes funding request for Wallace State/Oneonta campus.” The basic facts of the article were more or less correct: the Legislature approved a $110,000 appropriation for a Wallace State program in Blount County. […]

NEWS Briefs

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION will have a bluegrass singing featuring Davis, Montgomery & Wilemon, on Friday, May 13, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy music and dancing for $3 per person, $5 per couple, $1 for ages 7-11, free for age 6 and under. Doors open at 6 p.m. and concessions will be available. HAVE A HEART FUNDRAISER K.C. Cruisers […]

New Blount County Schools exhibit at museum

The Blount County Memorial Museum has multiple new displays, including an exhibit dedicated to the history of Blount County Schools. The museum has collected artifact donations from Blount County citizens for over 40 years, and finally has enough relics to showcase. These objects include: an Oneonta High School letterman jacket from the 1940s, a Cleveland High School letterman jacket from […]

Snead seeks to address problems

Hoping to address lingering issues, the Snead Town Council discussed ways to correct problems in its latest meeting. Utilities director Jeff Whited reported lightning had damaged surge protectors on two of the town’s weather sirens and on the Pearman Road booster station. Councilors voted to accept Shirley Electric’s $4,995.85 quote to provide new protection for the three. Whited had learned […]

Why nothing much happens in the Legislature


For the past five or six years the Legislature has pretty much cut state government to the bone. One of the areas that legislators have taken an axe to are Alabama’s cultural heritage agencies. These organizations throughout the state have taken it on the chin. There is an informal partnership of seven state agencies that have sought to educate Alabamians […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 15, 1985

Courthouse remains open Saturday a.m. After backing and filling over the question, Blount County Commission voted May 13 to continue closing courthouse offices a half day each Thursday and Saturday. For longer than anyone present at the May meeting could remember, these have been the courthouse hours. But in some disgruntlement, Dist. 3 Commissioner Bill C. Hudson pointed out that […]