Veterans Day Parade 2016

Men of the 1166th Military Police Company, of the Alabama National Guard Post in Oneonta, hit the dusty trail in front of the Blount County Courthouse as they pass in review at the Veterans Day Parade last Saturday. The parade, consisting of 57 entries, including five high school bands, marching soldiers in uniform, military vehicles and other organizations totaling some […]

Drought reaching historic proportions in county

It’s historically dry. Reports on creeks all over the county say that they have dried up, many completely so and some into potholes that are still shrinking. The Locust Fork River and Mulberry Fork are still flowing, but just barely. The lowest rate of flow in 73 years of keeping records on the Locust Fork – until recently – was […]

‘If we don’t make some changes now…’

Blount County Fair

The statement by Jeff Hallmark, chairman of the Blount County-Oneonta Agribusiness Center Board, could not be any clearer. “We’ve seen a significant drop both in attendance and in money raised,” said Hallmark. “If we don’t make some changes now, there won’t be a fair to worry about in a few years.” This year’s fair, held Sept. 15-19, showed a total […]

Sand Valley, Seven Bark Lane fires worry residents

The Sand Valley fire, burning since Monday along U.S. 231 about a mile northwest but within the city limits of Oneonta, is 70 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon, having burned an estimated 300 acres at that time, according to a release from the Oneonta Fire Department. Though residents in the area continue to worry, fires on both sides of […]

Oneonta school board handles routine business

The Oneonta City Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Oct. 31 and approved all of Superintendent Mike Douglas’s recommendations: • terminated employment and all supplemental duties effective immediately for Wesley Garmon, high school social studies teacher • accepted resignation letter from Shannon Jones, middle school social studies teacher • approved Michael Stewart to fill maternity leave of absence […]

News Briefs

VETERANS DINNER Blount County Girl Scout Troop 1281 will host the dinner, open to veterans and family members, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Door prizes will be given away and football games will be shown during the event. RSVP via text to Mandy at 753- 0685 or email to Jeanette at LOCUST FORK LODGE […]

It’s all over now


You know the outcome of the election. Unfortunately, I had to go to press with the column prior to Tuesday. We will analyze the results for you next week but there should be very few surprises. The Electoral College System of selecting our President favors a Democrat winning the White House. Under this archaic and undemocratic system, it is a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 5, 1986

Blount rolls out red carpet for next governor Blount County rolled out the red carpet last Thursday for now Governor-elect Guy Hunt at a Republican rally that candidate Don McGriff described as the best Republican rally that he had ever attended. Hunt’s visit to the county came only hours after candidate Charlie Graddick had announced that he was withdrawing from […]

Pine Bluff Water Authority announces Stage 2 drought watch


Pine Bluff Water Authority announced yesterday it is requesting customers to observe voluntary water reduction measures, according to general manager Kim Vaughn and water supervisor Chris McDowell. ‘We pull a good bit of our water from Birmingham Water Works,’ McDowell said, ‘and they have gone to Stage 4 emergency restrictions. So we’d like our customers to observe Stage 2.’ Stage […]

Fairfield stops Hayden

The 2016 high school football season came to an end for the Hayden Wildcats Friday night at the hands of the Fairfield Tigers in a 14-7 playoff loss. The season was great for the Wildcats, winning eight and losing only three (all three teams are still alive in the playoffs). Senior running back Leonard Johnson set a school record for […]