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The Locust Fork Lady Hornets celebrate with the 3A state championship trophy after beating Pisgah 72-62 last Friday at Legacy Arena at the BJCC. The Lady Hornets capped off a remarkable season with the school’s first-ever state title in any sport. Over the past two years, Locust Fork has gone 65-3 (30-2 in 2016, 35- 1 this season) with a […]

Chamber calls for sales tax collection on Covered Bridge Festival purchases



Speaking before the Oneonta City Council, Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Aimee Wilson requested council members take action to begin sales tax collection at the annual Covered Bridge Festival. She indicated uncertainty at how sales tax exemptions had begun or for what benefit. Wilson said she had spoken with Probate Judge and County Commission Chairman Chris […]

Lester Memorial construction continues



Lester Memorial United Methodist Church is adding a two story, 20,000-square-foot building to its campus. Pastor Barry Hallman says the new construction will primarily be used for the children’s ministry and early worship services. An elevator is also being added to the front of the church which gives church-goers better access to the upper floors of both the main sanctuary […]

Shelnutt requests $1 million for small business incubator



District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt has officially requested $1 million in funds through the state Senate budgeting process to assist in setting up a small business incubator to be operated by Wallace State Community College at the Oneonta campus center. Shelnutt made the request in writing on Feb. 23 to Sen. Arthur Orr for handling through the Senate budgeting process. […]

A couple of notes, if you don’t mind:



• Congratulations to the Locust Fork Lady Hornets for winning the 3A state championship last week in Birmingham. You ladies deserve the title because of your commitment to hard work and doing things the right way. No shortcuts for these ladies and their no-nonsense head coach, Barbara Roy. I didn’t see all the games in Birmingham but I would hazard […]

News Briefs



BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB Oneonta native Cindy Lowry will speak tomorrow, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. The subject is the environment and the need to protect it. Lowry serves as executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and was named by Al.com as one of its 30 Women Who Shape the State for 2016. […]

Snead discusses $1.5 million for roads, hires part-time town hall worker



Town clerk Rae Ware urged Snead council members to consider delaying street repaving until the town better secures its financial footing. She explained that the last repaving in 1998 totaled around $490,000. Considering general inflation and particularly road materials, Ware estimates a similar paving would currently run around $1.5 million. When asked for how long she would propose a delay, […]

TLC residents celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day



What is your favorite way to eat an Oreo? All in one bite, twisted apart, eat only the creme filling, eat only the chocolate wafer, or dipped in milk? On Monday, TLC residents celebrated National Oreo Cookie Day by enjoying Oreo cookies and milk for the afternoon snack. Known for being “America’s favorite cookie,” there was loads of fun and […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 6, 1958

Poultry plant bids to be opened Bids for the construction of Oneonta Poultry Processing Plant will be publicly opened by the City Council of Oneonta at 10:00 a.m. on March 25 at the mayor’s office in the City Hall here, according to Mayor J.W. Russum. Immediately after the opening of the bids, City of Oneonta industrial development revenue bonds will […]

Shedd to introduce bill affecting state superintendent of education



District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd (R-Fairview) said yesterday he intends to introduce a bill in the state Legislature to make the job of state superintendent of education an elected position. This follows a period recently when the current superintendent, Michael Sentance, has come under scrutiny for at least two matters done without the state school board’s knowledge: (1) several large […]


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