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The Southern Democrat, August 15, 1984

School board to save $60,000 Blount County Board of Education has taken action expected to save more than $60,000 during the coming school year. The board will let bids on four types of food needed for all lunchrooms instead of each school letting and awarding bids individually. The resulting lowered and consistent unit prices will enable the school board to […]

News Briefs

LADY LAKERS OF HIGHLAND LAKE are having a yard sale at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive, on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit community projects. CRISIS CENTER 5K AND FUN RUN The Crisis Center Junior Board is sponsoring the second annual Just A Call Away 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at […]

Eagles vs. Mustangs highlights Week Zero


Zero is defined as “nothing, that which has no measurable value.” Well, that doesn’t apply to Week Zero as laid out by the AHSAA (Alabama High School Athletic Association). There is actual football to be played this week – and some of it counts. Tomorrow (Thursday) Appalachian travels to Southeastern for the first game of the year. Friday, there is […]

Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services addresses community ‘void’

After marrying and relocating to Oneonta, Katie Neal perceived a local “void” in children’s therapy services. That void led her to start one of the city’s newest businesses, Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services Inc. Since its March opening, the business has mushroomed from its first week’s five clients to presently over 100. Neal succinctly summarizes most of her experiences with, “It’s […]

Church briefs

EVENTS LOCUST FORK BAPTIST CHURCH will host Rabbi Eric Walker (Messianic Jew), tonight at 6:15 p.m. The theme of his message will be ‘Setting the stage for Armageddon.’ Everyone is invited to the free event. The church is located at 30580 Ala 79. TAIT’S GAP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate the 100th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., […]

Margaret Cole

MARGARET COLE, 76, Springville, died July 31, 2016. She retired from St. Clair County Board of Education as a child nutritionist, was a member of Hulletts Methodist Church, and enjoyed working in her yard. Predeceasing her were parents William Huey and Elsie Morgan Alverson Layfield, husband Don Cole, sons Wayne Cole, Dale Cole, and Dennis Cole, and seven siblings. Surviving […]

Donald L. Elrod

DONALD L. ELROD, 83, Oneonta, died Aug. 10, 2016, at a Birmingham hospital. He graduated from Blount County High School and was a graduate of John F. Gupton College of Mortuary Science and a local business owner. He was a member of the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Oneonta Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years, and served […]

Billie Joe Fortson

BILLIE JOE FORTSON, 84, Greensboro, N.C., died Aug. 3, 2016, at Beacon Place Hospice. Born in Blount County, Mr. Fortson retired from Blue Bell after 51 years of service. He was an active member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro for many years. Predeceasing him were wife of 60 years Jean Fortson and parents Thelma McCay and S. T. […]

Martha Lou Harris

MARTHA LOU HARRIS, 88, Remlap, died Aug. 8, 2016, at Golden LivingCenter. Predeceasing her were parents Mordecai and Annie Mae Kelley. Surviving are nieces Janice (Glenn) Melvin, Remlap, Jeanie (Phillip) Graham, Pinson; nephews William (Cosundra) Turner, Remlap, Martin (Melonie) Turner, Trussville; great-nieces Stephanie (Rex) Allred, Altoona, Shawma (Alan) Young, Hayden; great-nephew Chad (Kimberly) Melvin, Remlap. Memorial services were held at […]

Dillie Flonell Hendrix

DILLIE FLONELL HENDRIX, 71, Blountsville, died Aug. 11, 2016, at the residence. She was a member of Welcome #1 Baptist Church. Parents Ludwell and Bessie Mount Helms predeceased her, as did husband Donald T. Hendrix and sister Daphine Stewart. Surviving are sons Donald Wayne (Cathy) Hendrix, Vance, David T. (Pamela) Hendrix, Blountsville; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Ellis Helms, Blountsville. […]