Neighboring town coordinators comment on ACE benefits



“You may not see dramatic, concrete specifics come out of it, but the ACE process moves you in the right direction to make needed changes.” With that sentence, Becky Hawkins, administrative assistant to the mayor of Arab summarized her experience as Arab’s Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) coordinator since 2013. She added that developing Arab’s historic district was one tangible […]

Oneonta council to solicit quotes for $6 million financing



At city manager Ed Lowe’s request, the Oneonta City Council in last week’s meeting approved soliciting quotes from area banks for $6 million in financing to build the Wallace State permanent Oneonta Campus Center. Lowe said after the meeting that Wallace State, the Blount County Economic Development Council, which would operate a business incubator in the building, and other tenants […]

Wife charged with fatal shooting of husband



by Jamishae Woodard Bobbie Green Holaway, 60, of Blountsville, was taken into custody on Wednesday, June 15, accused in the fatal shooting of her husband. The retired Blountsville Elementary School teacher remains in the Blount County Correctional Facility with bond set at $100,000. On Friday, June 10, around 8:45 p.m., Blount County Dispatch received a call from a woman – […]

News Briefs



COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions. PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 25, at Pine Mountain Community Center. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with chicken or Boston butt barbecue plates […]

Eight days left and counting



A couple of weeks ago a highly placed official predicted Zaxby’s is going to be moving dirt on Ala 75 by the end of the month and that there would be be a sign up there on site ‘any day now.’ Score the sign prophecy as points on the board. As for moving dirt – it’s eight days left and […]

Appalachian teacher wins grant



Nancy Dowdy, a special education teacher at Appalachian High School, has won a $250 grant from the Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) in Cambridge, Wisc. The RSC gives grants all over the United States, and Appalachian was one of only three high schools in Alabama to receive a grant. The RSC’s goal is to help rural schools across the nation. Dowdy’s […]

Dr. Philip Cleveland to address Chamber luncheon June 29



Dr. Philip Cleveland, interim State Superintendent of Education, (pictured at right) will be the guest speaker at the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, June 29. It will be held at noon at the World Outreach Center. Cleveland was appointed to the job in April following the retirement of Tommy Bice a month earlier. Cleveland was appointed […]

Want a common-law marriage?

You have till January in Alabama

Many people may have never heard of common-law marriage. That could be because Alabama is one of only 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, that recognizes common-law marriage. Most people go to the courthouse and pay for a marriage license. Then, they are married by a pastor or justice of the peace. So what is a common-law marriage? Common-law […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 24, 1954

Fire lashes basket factory Fire destroyed the Oneonta Basket Factory last Wednesday afternoon about 6:30 o’clock. That part of the factory that housed the heavy machinery was a total loss; the front part of the building housing some of the light machinery and storage space was saved. One of the principal industries of the town, the basket plant gave employment […]

Council to consider dog ordinance



A new dog ordinance prepared by attorney Brett King was given to the Snead Town Council at last week’s meeting. The updated ordinance sets fines for dog owners: $25 for first offense and $250 for two-time offenders. The third offence will cost the owner of the dog not only a $250 fine, but also could result in dog impoundment. The […]


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