Still going strong… after 46 years



Bonnie Swann Montey is a very special clerk with the Blount County Probate Court. She is a vivacious, lovely lady with an infectious laugh, who was hired in 1970. No, that’s not a misprint. Montey has worked for more than 46 years as clerk and chief clerk for the probate office. Montey grew up in Cleveland around the Swann Covered […]

Legislators comment on attendance at lavish resort conferences



Over the past weekend, Kyle Whitmire of Al. com and The Birmingham News (Sunday), reported on attendance by a number of Alabama legislators at conferences sponsored by The Alabama Lender’s Association for the last two years at posh resort destinations: Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi (2013) and The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama (2014). A previous […]

Oneonta begins preliminary 2017 budget discussion



During a public work session held Aug. 30, the Oneonta City Council began talks on its 2017 budget. Alabama municipal budgets should be in place for the beginning of the state’s Oct. 1 fiscal year. Distributing an informational packet reviewing the past six budgets and the anticipated current 2016 fiscal year amounts, city manager/economic development officer Ed Lowe expressed several […]

County merit board upholds Oneonta dismissal of Wall



Concluding eight months of hearings and appeals, the Blount County Merit Board unanimously upheld Oneonta’s dismissal of city employee Geneva Wall. Wall could appeal the Aug. 30 board decision to Circuit or even to Federal Court. Attorney closings Attorneys Alex Smith and John Saxon ended the three-and-a-half-hour hearing by summarizing each position. Speaking for the city, Smith contended that Wall’s […]

Blount County Fair begins next week



The 63rd Annual Blount County Fair is almost here. The fair will open Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., and end at 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. There are many different things to see and do this year. There will be rides, booths, a pageant, and animal showings. Tuesday and Wednesday are student nights. Everyone gets in for $10 […]

News Briefs



OFD BREAST CANCER T-SHIRTS Today is the last day to pre-order the 2016 City of Oneonta and the Oneonta Fire Department T-shirts. Phone city hall at 274-2150 to order. Short-sleeved shirts are $15 and long-sleeved shirts are $20. CAHELA CLABURN CLEM REUNION The 11th annual reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Amilea […]

Bad deal not worth the risk



In Alabama, many politicians have recently used Medicaid’s $85-million budget shortfall to argue for increased taxes, a lottery, the expansion of gambling, or some combination of the three. Indeed, after proposing a half-billion-dollar tax increase last year, a few weeks ago Gov. Robert Bentley called a special session of the Legislature to consider a lottery for the purposes of funding […]

Ancestor swap meet



The Blount County Memorial Museum and Blount County Historical Society are sponsoring the Blount County Memorial Museum Ancestor Swap Meet on Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will take place at The Little Brick Church, 112 2nd Ave. East, Oneonta, located across the street from the museum. Genealogists and family historians will be swapping information […]

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, an Alabama conservative

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

Throughout this year’s prodigious presidential selection process our junior senator, Jeff Sessions, has been at the forefront. He has become the darling of the extreme right throughout the country. He is, and has been, one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Senate for close to two decades now. Throughout his entire tenure in the Senate, he has been […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 7, 1967

City to update downtown lights Oneonta City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to update the town’s street lighting. Alabama Power Company will replace the existing 81 incandescent units with 68 mercury vapor units along first and second avenues and on one block each of second, third, fourth, and fifth streets. The new units, installed at power company expense, will increase the […]


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