Redemption, a lifelong journey

This is an old-time, fireside kind of story, told without the usual journalistic niceties. It’s a story told by those shown above who told it the old-fashioned way. They know it because they lived it. It’s like a fable, but not a fable. It’s real. Once upon a time Once upon a time, 41 years ago, a child – Danny […]

Thank you from Blount County Children’s Center

The staff and board members of the Blount County Children’s Center hosted their annual Christmas Open House last Friday. From left, staff members Michelle Sargent and Aleyda Villegas, board member Gailya Sargent, investigator Sue Ashworth, and board members Emma Colunga and Veronda Berry. Colorful beverage in foreground is Christmasized water, in honor of the occasion. ‘This is one way for […]

Locals grieve over events they feared

Pipeline disaster

Fifteen years ago an increasing number of local residents found themselves in the middle of a battle against a gigantic corporation. They feared defeat could mean disaster for their bucolic way of life. They won the fight, but the envisioned disaster did eventually occur for others nearby. The local protestors stopped Colonial Pipeline from traversing Blount County, but the then […]

$10,000,000 credit line, break in U.S. 231 bridge case, District 2 grave-digging top list of action items

Blount County Commission...

Blount County Commissioners voted unanimously in the monthly business meeting Monday to draft a request for proposals for a 10-year line of credit for $10,000,000 from local banks, to complete the first round of repaving projects included in Moving Blount County Forward (MBCF). Payments on that debt would be made from proceeds from the 1-cent sales tax increase recently approved […]


In the Dec. 7 article ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,’ The Blount Countian incorrectly stated that Marlene Stroud and Sharon Breaseale decorated the Welcome to Oneonta signs. The signs were actually decorated by Patti Moss Williams and Sharon Breaseale with materials provided by the Oneonta Business Association.

News Briefs

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to […]

PAC transfers, prisons, gambling and a Senate seat by Steve Flowers


While the presidential race played out this year, several things happened in Alabama politics that went under the radar. First, a federal appeals court upheld the legislature’s banning of PAC to PAC transfers. The new Republican legislative majority that marched into the Statehouse in 2011 set out to destroy and bury the last bastion of Democratic power in the state […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 13, 1979

Commission to study indigent patient care “Our entire budget might not be enough to pay for one extended care case,” Probate Judge/Commission Chairman Frank Green said in discussing indigent patient care. Green’s remark came when he recommended Dec. 10 that commissioners give careful study to the effect of Alabama Health Care Responsibility Act No. 79- 808. He said the act […]

Lady Hornets keep rolling along

There were a pair of potential potholes on Locust Fork’s basketball schedule last week, with games against strong rivals in J.B. Pennington and Susan Moore. It seems that the Lady Hornets know how to navigate pretty well as Locust Fork posted wins of 75-44 over the Lady Tigers and 83-45 over the Lady Bulldogs. Throw in a 74-20 thrashing of […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS BLOUNTSVILE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH The children’s Christmas program ‘Just a Little Christmas’ will be this evening at 6:30 p.m. CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH will have a walk-through living Nativity on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Dec. 14, 15, and 16, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Come see live animals and enjoy refreshments and entertainment. The church is located at 801 […]