Green emphasizes tax importance to education

Blount County Superintendent of Education Rodney Green joined Probate Judge Chris Green in urging support for the 1-cent sales tax referendum on Tuesday’s ballot. The duo spoke at the October Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon. While the newspaper has covered the judge’s support, previously, Superintendent Green’s comments added another dimension to the proposal. Initially, Green spoke of the fact […]

Lowry named one of ‘Women Who Shape the State of Alabama’

Recently, 30 women were honored by as “Women Who Shape the State of Alabama” for 2016. An Oneonta native, Cindy Lowry, executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA), was one of the women chosen to receive this award. These women are from all over the state and include doctors, teachers, executives, mothers, and business owners who are recognized […]

Chapman announces retirement

City of Oneonta

Oneonta police Chief James Chapman revealed plans to leave the city’s force within the near future. Speaking at the latest city council meeting, Chapman said he anticipates retiring around the first of next year. With a voice reflecting a touch of emotion, he explained he has worked in the city’s police department for 32 years. In other business, the council […]

PACs file October financial reports

Both political action committees (PACs) working toward the upcoming Nov. 8 referendum on the 1-cent sales tax increase in Blount County recently filed financial reports for the last two weeks of October. The contents are public information and are presented here. Moving Blount County Forward is the PAC supporting the sales tax increase. Its chairman is Jeffrey Hallmark and treasurer […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY SANTA LISTS will be available today, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building Auditorium. The lists are for needy Blount County children and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to those who adopt a child’s list during that time. Phone Alicia at 274-5224 or Laura at 274-5251 for more information. […]

Vote yes

our Our Blount County government is not like state government. Unfortunately, our Alabama state government is famous for corruption and government, however, has a great record for fiscal misuse of funds. Our county responsibility. It does not receive much money, and has generally spent that money carefully and fairly. you MOVE this if consider fact when determining want to vote […]

Local GOPers express near unanimous support for party ballot

With Tuesday’s upcoming election and some state Republican office holders disavowing the party’s presidential candidate, The Blount Countian surveyed locally elected and contending Republican candidates for clarification of their positions on the party ballot. The question included an introductory statement, both printed next: We presume you support your party’s ticket top to bottom. Is that correct? Of the 26 surveyed, […]

Rain! Rain! Come again!

Just so you know, it’s illegal to violate the no-burn order. Illegal to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands, or marshes. Illegal to build a campfire or bonfire. Illegal to burn trash or debris – or any other material that may cause a forest, grass, or woods fire. Prescribed burns are illegal. The penalty for violating the no-burn […]

More than just a vote for president


We will vote to select the 44th president Tuesday. The next president will be a New Yorker and whoever is selected will enter the Oval office with the most unfavorable poll ratings of any president in recent memory. This election will epitomize the old adage that George Wallace once told, “more folks vote against someone than for someone.” There is […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 1, 1951

Citizens Organize Anti-TB Association The Blount County Anti-Tuberculosis Association was organized in Oneonta, Thursday night, October 25th, in a mass meeting of citizens from all over the county. Assisting in the organization were R.W. Lackmond, a member of the board of directors of the Jefferson County Anti-Tuberculosis Association, and Mrs. Inez S. Tuggle, the field secretary of the state association. […]