Unity Celebration

World Outreach Center pastor Laura Powell (at lectern above) welcomes over 100 attendees to the Oneonta Unity Celebration at the city’s Little Brick Church. Powell, as well as Oneonta city councilors Nathaniel Butler and Richard Phillips, referenced Martin Luther King Jr., in their brief remarks. In her speech, Powell quoted King’s thought, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can […]

Murder suspect captured

A Blount County man wanted in connection to a December murder at a Birmingham hotel was captured Monday in the woods around Sugarland Lake. Bartholomew Shaid Williamson, 43, of Oneonta, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals after reports that he had been spotted in the area. Authorities went to an abandoned home on Sycamore Drive and he was found […]

Commission quits grave digging; ordered to provide stipend plus back pay to county court reporter


The Blount County Commission voted 3-0 with one abstention in its business meeting Thursday to discontinue the practice of opening graves for county residents. The county had provided the grave-digging service free of charge to the public for many years. Voting in favor of discontinuing the practice were District 2 Commissioner Mike Painter, District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert, and District […]

Plane crashes at Campbell Field

A single-engine airplane crashed as it came in for a landing Thursday afternoon, Jan. 12, at Campbell Field, a private airstrip on Arkadelphia Road in west Blount County. The plane was owned and piloted by Jack Fisher, a resident of north Jefferson County, reported to be in his 80s, who was removed from the crash and transported by medivac to […]

City to advertise for several new workers

The Oneonta City Council approved requests to advertise for a maintenance employee and its usual array of temporary summer workers for park and recreation positions. Councilors also heard from fire shift supervisor Leslie Loggins of his department’s recruitment plans for adding up to nine additional volunteer firefighters. In his presentation and following questions, Loggins explained the application process, training, and […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Guest speaker will be Jason Boatfield, director of Therapy Plus in Albertville. CITY OF ONEONTA invites the public to attend the retirement reception for Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman, on Friday, Jan. 20, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at The Little Brick […]

Site drainage problems complicate Zaxby’s status

Here’s the latest on the Zaxby’s project: city of Oneonta and Blount County Economic Development Council (EDC) officials have met with Zaxby’s representatives within the last two weeks and are working closely with them to resolve drainage problems that remain. That will clear the way for pre-construction site prep work that must be complete before actual excavation for construction can […]

The passing of Albert Brewer


The passing of Gov. Albert Brewer on Jan. 2 at 88 years old, marks the end of an era in Alabama politics. Albert P. Brewer was a good man and a true public servant. Brewer was born in Tennessee, but his folks moved to Decatur when he was very young after his father accepted a job with the Tennessee Valley […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 22, 1986

Bottom Line – Oneonta ends fiscal year with deficit The City of Oneonta ended fiscal year ’85 with its general fund in the red and members of the council are predicting the financial crunch will worsen next fiscal year with the anticipated loss of more than $100,000 in revenue sharing funds. The council was presented the ’85 audit at the […]

Chamber updates council


At the Jan. 13 Cleveland Town Council meeting, Aimee Wilson from the Blount Count-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce came to discuss several things with the council. Wilson stated that when she took over as director three years ago, the chamber had around 200 members, but membership has grown to 400. She also told the council that she will start working on […]