City to appeal merit board decision on Wall

Oneonta city attorney Alex Smith advised The Blount Countian that the city intends to appeal the Blount County Merit Board’s ruling that dismissed city employee Geneva Wall has merit board protections. When asked about the appellate decision timing, Smith concluded that it must have occurred in the city’s executive session of June 14. Smith elaborated that he planned to seek […]

Hubbard trial was dramatic


The conviction and downfall of Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard is the political story of the year. But, it has not been the most profound conviction of an Alabama public official in my lifetime. We have had two governors convicted of crimes while in office and removed in fairly recent years, Republican Guy Hunt and Democrat Don Siegelman. […]

WinSouth opens in new location

WinSouth Credit Union is the latest business to build and open in a new location in Oneonta. The bank, in Oneonta since 2005, is headquartered in Gadsden and has served Northeast Alabama for 65 years with eight locations. Felisa Brothers, branch manager, invites residents of Blount County to come see the new location and take advantage of the services they […]

Home invasion leads to two-county car chase and man jailed

A man is in custody after a home invasion, vehicle theft and police chase through two counties last Thursday morning. According to authorities, the suspect entered a home at 105 Reid Road in Trafford at about 5 a.m. A couple and their two children were in the home when Andy Ray Holloway, 31, of Remlap, forced his way in at […]

Legislative Space Camp’s first attendees

Rep. Randall Shedd nominated two students from Blountsville Elementary School to attend the first legislative Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville recently. “I am proud of these students,” said Shedd. “They work very hard in the classroom and it shows because they both excelled and were chosen to attend during a competitive application process.” Alice […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 4, 1929

Work To Start On Highway Soon Col. Finnell, Director of the State Highway Department, says that work on the road between Oneonta and Huntsville will start in the next sixty days, that two convict camps will be placed on the road, one between Oneonta and Arab, and the other between Arab and Whitesburg. He says this road will go by […]

Wildcats look to build on 2015

third in series

The 2015 football season could have been labeled any number of ways for the Hayden Wildcats. If you’re a Star Wars fan, The Return of the Wildcats would fit quite nicely. Or how about “These ain’t the same old Wildcats.” Any way you look at it, the 2015 season will go down as the year Keith Register finally got the […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS VALLEY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH will have an all-day singing and Homecoming celebration on Sunday, July 10, with singing at 10:30 a.m. featuring The Believers, lunch served at noon, and singing again at 2 p.m. Pastor is Jeff Logan, singing chairman is Randy Hathcock. SINGINGS GOD’S LITTLE CHURCH will have a singing on Sunday, July 10, at 1:30 p.m., with […]

Juanita ‘Nita’ Woodham Denton

JUANITA ‘NITA’ WOODHAM DENTON, 95, Amarillo, Texas, died June 5, 2016, in Richmond, Va. A former Oneonta school teacher, she received degrees from Judson College and West Texas State University. She was a high school counselor at several schools in the Amarillo, Texas, and Roanoke, Va., areas. She spearheaded Tise Hall, an alternative girls’ school in Roanoke. She penned an […]

W.G. Hawkins

W.G. HAWKINS, 75, Blountsville, died June 27, 2016. He was a member of Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were wife Janie Hawkins and sister Earline Tuck. Surviving are son Allen Hawkins, Blountsville; daughter Karen (Paul) Thomas, Locust Fork; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Eric Stone officiated the 10 a.m. service held July 5, at Valley Chapel Funeral Home, with […]

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