Fun! Of course, but safety first

Leslie Loggins, left, lieutenant with the Oneonta Fire Department and Tim Moore, Oneonta building inspector, launch the annual safety inspection of all rides and food booths at the county fair, which opened yesterday at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business center in Oneonta. What are they looking for? In this case, they’re eyeballing the bolts holding the ride structure together to assure […]

Moving Blount County Forward:

what it is, what it means to education

For anyone who hasn’t been paying close attention, Moving Blount County Forward is the action plan detailing how county 1-cent sales tax increase proceeds are going to be distributed among major county institutions, if passed. It was the proposal developed by the Blount County Commission late last year and used as documentation for enabling legislation passed early this spring to […]

Commission adopts 2017 budget

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission, by a 3-1 vote, adopted the 2017 county budget at its business meeting Monday. Voting against adoption was District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self, who said his reasons related to his dissatisfaction with the road budget and with the fact that employees were not given a greater increase in pay. The expenditure budget for 2017, covering the […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA FIRE HYDRANT TESTING The OFD will conduct fire hydrant testing during the month of September between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Firefighters will be flowing water from hydrants throughout Oneonta. This might cause a slight discoloration in the water but in no way affects the safety or taste of the water. The flushing is necessary to […]

DeKalb County murder suspect arrested in Blount County

David Wooten, a man charged in a 2014 DeKalb County murder, has been arrested on domestic violence charges in Oneonta. Wooten was out on bond and staying with family in Blount and DeKalb counties while awaiting trial. He was arrested and sent to Blount County Correctional Facility. Oneonta police received a call around 3 p.m. last week about a domestic […]

Bring on the big rigs!

City of Oneonta equipment was deployed and working diligently (and dustily) last week at the Oneonta Industrial Park where 7 acres is being prepared as a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training facility. Wallace State will move into it soon as a permanent location to offer classes to meet the burgeoning demand for drivers. The mountain has been moved, the playing […]

Cleveland has big barbecue; approves town budgets

Last Thursday’s Cleveland Town Council meeting began at 6 p.m. with a work session where the council discussed the proposed 2016-2017 budget. The regular session began with Mayor Jerry Jones stressing how well the Labor Day Barbecue went. Councilman Doug Hill, representing the town park board, reported there was an outstanding turnout and, after taking out expenses, it looked like […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 12, 1940

Oneonta Grammar School to open on Monday The Oneonta Grammar School will open on Monday, Sept. 16, at 9 o’clock with brief opening exercises in the auditorium followed by registration in the classrooms. The morning session only will be held on the first day. The corps of teachers for the year are as follows: Principal, Ernest T. Bynum, Mrs. Geraldine […]

Mayoral races across the state


There is no truer adage in the political world than “all politics is local.” Therefore, the best politics and the best governing in the state is at the local level. The mayors of cities and towns throughout Alabama are the real governors of the state. Running a city is a full-time job. It is the where the rubber meets the […]

Grand opening at Blount County Tactical

Blount County now has its own big-city gun store. It’s Blount County Tactical on Ala 75 (2nd Avenue East), located right across the street from the Blount County Courthouse. Owned by Nathan Kirk and Chuck Gillespie and operated by Kirk, store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Product […]