Departing Chapman examines his years with city

James Chapman ended more than 31 years of service with the city of Oneonta, 19 as police chief, on Dec. 30. Joining the Oneonta department in July of 1985, Chapman had previously served with the Marshall County and the Boaz departments. The soon-to-be 59 year-old notes he began work at 10 as a bicycle deliverer for West Gadsden Drugs in […]

Redeemer Community Church repurposes Interiors by Design

by Ron Gholson Redeemer Community Church, meeting Sundays since April 2015 in space borrowed at Neely Arts Center downtown, has purchased the adjacent Interiors by Design building and is reconfiguring the interior to meet its needs as a permanent worship location. The church hopes to begin holding services in the completed two-story building by Sunday, April 2, the two-year anniversary […]

City hires circulation librarian

In its last regularly scheduled 2016 meeting, the Oneonta City Council hired Cassandra Brindle as circulation librarian at the city’s library. Brindle succeeds Ricky Statham who assumed the library director position in November. Continuing the council’s request that non-city bodies which receive city funds make periodic reports, Blount County Children’s Center Director Jim Ed Clayton reviewed some of his agency’s […]

New welding lab ready; classes begin today

The new welding laboratory at the Wallace State Community College – Oneonta Center is ready for use in the nick of time, as spring semester classes begin there today. According to Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe, who has driven much of the process of securing and providing facilities for the community college, the welding lab features state-of-the-art, industrial-grade equipment for […]

News Briefs

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE The student government association will sponsor a LifeSouth blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will have the 2017 March For Life on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m., at the gazebo in downtown Oneonta. The group will walk to the Little Brick Church, have prayer, […]

Horizon Pediatrics opens spacious Oneonta clinic

Horizon Pediatrics is now open for business in the former Guthrie’s chicken location in the Creekside Shopping Center facing Walmart. Employees of the clinic are shown in the front row. From the left, nurse Jan Amason, nurse practitioner Robin Guion, clinic director and pediatrician Dr. Tamara Mason (wielding the scissors), nurse/office manager Vicky Whited, and receptionist Wendy Pantoja. City of […]

County dodges early week storm damage; cold snap coming

Possible wind and flooding warned of by weather bulletins Monday did not materialize during the afternoon and evening Tuesday, and by Wednesday, the system had moved well out of the area. Blount County 911 logged 16 reports of trees down at locations scattered more or less evenly around the county Tuesday, as well as five requests for non-storm related assistance […]

Who will Bentley choose?


This past year in Alabama politics was surprisingly more interesting than expected. The judicial inquiry commission removed Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench for telling the probate judges in the state to not perform marriage ceremonies for gay people. He said marriage should be between a man and a woman, an opinion shared by most people in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 1, 1986

Fast response brings arrests in incident Quick response by local lawmen and the actions of alert citizens were responsible for the speedy arrests of three Birmingham men accused of burglarizing a local business. According to owner Houston Phillips, someone kicked in the door of the Video Palace shortly before 10 p.m. on Dec. 23, setting off the burglar alarm at […]

Tiger Trivia

Blountsville Elementary School held the third semi-annual Tiger Trivia Bowl on Dec.15. Five teams of six students each are chosen from fourth through sixth grades to compete. Students chosen as team members must meet certain criteria: be in the top 10 percent of the class, meet or exceed grade-level ASPIRE scores, and exhibit excellent character and behavior. Fundraisers are held […]