Blountsville man guilty of rape

A Blountsville man was convicted of rape last week by a Blount County jury. Michael Eugene Wade, 25, was convicted of first degree rape, a Class A felony, in connection to the incident that occurred in June 2015. The 20-year-old victim reported the rape to law enforcement and later recorded Wade saying that he “didn’t know why he did it” […]

Weekend Update


Oneonta Police Department (OPD) is in the process of solving the recent burglaries of Oneonta Building Discount Supply and Southeastern Business Development. Contact 625-4361 if you have any information regarding these burglaries.

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 21, 1960

Primary election next Tuesday The Democratic Primary will be held Tuesday, May 3rd, and the tempo of the campaign has taken on added zeal for the past few days. All of the local candidates are busy shaking hands and seeing the voters in all parts of the county. The names of the candidates on the ballot: Tax Assessor – Vernon […]

Regular season ends, playoffs for Mustangs, Panthers, Hornets, Tigers and Redskins

The high school baseball regular season has come to an end and the playoffs will start this week. Five Blount County teams have made the playoffs and two – Locust Fork and Oneonta – won their areas and will host first round playoff series this weekend. Locust Fork (12-14) won the 3A Area 11 regular season title and will host […]

Homewood wins Tom Bell Classic

Homewood High School shot a two-day score of 578 (2 over) to win the seventh annual Tom Bell Memorial Classic at Limestone Springs last week. Spain Park was second at 581 while host Oneonta finished sixth at 595. The individual champion was Homewood’s Connor Doyal but it took a playoff for him to win it. Doyal and Oneonta’s Stewart Miller […]

Riley Slone signs with JSU

“And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 NKJV. These words are the drive behind Oneonta High School (OHS) senior Riley Slone’s motivation to always “finish the race.” Last week, with the support of fellow track athletes, teachers, coaches, friends, and family, Slone signed a track-and-field and cross-country scholarship with Jacksonville State University […]

Blount Countian Scholar Athletes of the Week

Hayden High School

Garrison Smith Parents: Gary Smithand Shelley Vail-SmithGrade Point Average:4.1Sports played/howlong: Golf – 16 yearsAcademic achievements: NationalBeta Club, Advanced/honors classesAthletic achievements: Golf, BlountCounty Champion – 2 years, BlountCounty all-tournament team,Sectional all-tournament team member; ‘H’ ClubSchool activities: FCCLAFuture plans: Attend AuburnUniversity, major in aerospace engineering Favorite subjects: Math and physicsDream job: Pro golferFavorite food: PizzaPlaylist/favorite music/musicians:DrakeFavorite professional athlete: DustinJohnson Meleah Hargett Parents: […]

Church Briefs

WELCOME #2 BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival services through Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. nightly. David Harper is evangelist, Tommy Riggs is pastor. The church is located on Terry Heights Road in Palmerdale. TAIT’S GAP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival services through Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. nightly. Prayer room begins at 6:45 p.m. Evangelist is Daryl […]

Regina S. ‘Gigi’ Delashaw

REGINA S.’GIGI’ DELASHAW, 61, died April 14, 2017, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and employed with Gill Family Medicine. Predeceasing her were parents C.V. and Milene Cornelius Stevenson, brother Charlie Stevenson, and sisters Valeri Stevenson and Melinda Stevenson. Surviving are husband Gerry Don Delashaw; daughters LeAnn […]

James Thomas ‘Jimmy’ Duncan Jr.

JAMES THOMAS ‘JIMMY’ DUNCAN JR., 49, Walnut Grove, died April 11, 2017. Known as “Poppa D” to family, he was an avid Alabama fan, enjoyed drawing, and was a graduate of St. Clair County High School. He was predeceased by parents James “Tommy” Duncan and Judy Hawthorne. Surviving are sons Timothy Scott (Leslie Ann) Duncan, Zachary Thomas (Lauren Ashley) Duncan; […]

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