Standridge and Ainsworth mentioned in Speaker of the House discussions

Two of the four members of Blount County’s delegation in the state House of Representatives – District 34 Rep. David Standridge of Hayden and District 27 Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville – have been identified as possible candidates for Speaker of the House following former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s removal from office in the wake of conviction last week on ethics […]

Oneonta Board of Education approves pay raises, other items

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved pay raises of 4 percent for Oneonta Board of Education system financial officer Kathy Loggins and Superintendent Michael Douglas, both effective July 1, 2016. The board also approved Douglas’s personnel and student recommendations at its May 13 called meeting. Affecting personnel The board approved: • voluntary re-assignment of three elementary school teachers (Cheryl […]


It’s been a while since I had a chance to just sit and think…all alone…just me and my laptop…so who knows where this will go… …dementia is an absolutely horrible disease that robs a person of their very identity. However, I’m almost convinced that it is tougher on the families and the loved ones of those afflicted. …I didn’t learn to swim until I was […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 18, 1964

Oneonta-Blount airport named Robbins Field Oneonta-Blount County Airport was officially named Robbins Field Sunday afternoon at a dedication program held there at 2:00 o’clock. The large crowd attending gave a warm ovation to Davis Robbins, who was asked to stand as the announcement was made, for it was he who donated the airport site and furnished machinery and labor for […]

All-State teams announced

The Oneonta Redskins made it to the 4A championship series last month and four members of that team received all-state recognition by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Only one member of the team – senior shortstop Ko Powell – was named to the first team. Also, one other county player was selected first team all state, Susan Moore senior […]

Sports Briefs

ONEONTA YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION will continue through June 16. Players can register Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. The fee is $120 per player and is due at the time of registration. New players will need to present a copy of their birth certificate. For more information, phone 625-3534 or 625-3805. […]


Dr. John Richard Roberts of Huntsville, and Deborah Christine Knight of Huntsville, announce the engagement and coming wedding of their daughter, Jordan Elizabeth Roberts, to Andrew Parker Nelson, son of Randy Charles and Terri Lynn Nelson of Oneonta. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Huntsville High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Auburn University and […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS BETHLEHEM UNITED BAPTIST CHURCH will have an all-day singing and celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, June 26, beginning at 10 a.m. The Ball Brothers Quartet will perform. The church is located at 10770 Gallant Road in Gallant. ONEONTA WORSHIP CENTER will feature Lee and Cassie Leatherwood and the puppet show ‘Survivors,’ on Monday, June 27, through Wednesday, June 29, from […]

Glenn Morris Clements

GLENN MORRIS CLEMENTS, 82, Oneonta, died June 10, 2016. Parents Zelmer and Vina Clements, sisters Dolores Clements and Christine Clements, and brother Eldred Clements predeceased him. Surviving are son Chris Best, Oneonta; grandsons Shane (Sherry) Best, Dakota Best, Devan Best, all of Oneonta; granddaughters Ashly Best, Oneonta, Breanna Best, Hayden; five great-grandchildren; brother Charles Clements, Ashville; sister Lorene LeGrand, Oneonta; […]

Jonathan Brasher Daily

JOHNATHAN BRASHER DAILY, 25, Straight Mountain, died June 10, 2016. He was a marine tech with Rodney’s Marine Center. Surviving are parents Johnny and Tammy Daily; sisters Amy (Justin) Holmes, Alysha Daily, Savannah Daily; brothers Brian Daily, Kenneth Chamblee Jr.; grandparents Newton and Lillie Daily, Guy L. and Sandra Turner; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, church family. John Carlin, Haskel […]

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