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The Southern Democrat, May 9, 1968

Fortenberry named Oneonta police chief At its regular meeting held Tuesday afternoon, Oneonta City Council named Earl Fortenberry chief of police to succeed P. H. Handy whose resignation was officially accepted, effective May 1. Fortenberry has served longer on the police force than any other member. His assistant will be Cecil Marsh. In other news, the council reappointed Morris Wimpee […]

Redskin boys place third at state track meet



Members of Oneonta’s two state title-winning relay teams gather after last week’s meet in Gulf Shores. Pictured are (left to right) Phillip Campbell, Marquette White (4-x-400), Riley Slone (4-x-800), Cole Nabors (4- x-800), Skylar Kyle (4-x-400), Quentin Heffley (4-x-400 and 4-x-800) and Caleb Haynes (4-x-400 and 4-x-800). The state track meet was held last week and several teams from the […]

Hayden golfers cap successful year



The Hayden High School golf team wrapped up a very strong season at the sub-state tournament at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro. The team didn’t qualify for next week’s state tournament but the 2017 team is just the second in school history to make it to the sub-state round. At the section tournament earlier this month, Hayden shot a 323 […]

Two from county to play in JSU Gridiron Challenge

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

High school football spring training started for some this week but it is wrapping up for other schools. Two Blount County teams will finish spring drills by participating in the JSU Gridiron Challenge – one this week and one next week. Southeastern head coach Michael Burkett will take his Mustangs to Paul Snow Stadium to take on a pair of […]

Bulldogs make history



Not to go all Star Trek on you…but…the Susan Moore boys soccer team is boldly going where no other Bulldog soccer team has gone before. The Bulldogs are into the semifinals of the 1A-3A championship bracket thanks to a 3-2 comeback victory over visiting Tanner last Friday. Tanner went up 1-0 early but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game […]

Six teams qualify for sectional tournament

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

After last week’s area tournaments, six Blount County high school softball teams have qualified to play in this week’s sectional tournament round. All six Blount County teams will play in the North Central Regional at Bowers Park in Tuscaloosa. In Class 1A, Appalachian (14-13) finished as the runner-up to Coosa Christian in Area 11 and will take on Area 12 […]

Church Briefs



EVENTS HOOD CEMETERY will have Decoration on Saturday, May 13. Phone 466-3275 with questions. LEE’S CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have a gospel concert featuring Robert and Pam Glass on Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH will have a friends and family singing on Sunday, May 28, beginning at 2 p.m. The church […]

Donald Lee Brothers



DONALD LEE BROTHERS, 78, Altoona, died May 3, 2017. He was of the Missionary Baptist faith and worked as a mechanic most of his life at several places including Buck’s Boats and the city of Attalla. He enjoyed anything to do with boats and was known as a gardener who could grow anything. Parents Hobert and Bertie Morton Brothers predeceased […]

John Wayne Eakes



JOHN WAYNE EAKES, 75, Horton, died May 1, 2017, at the residence. Predeceasing him were granddaughter Tosha Shores Eakes, parents Molan Lester and Clarice Bennett Eakes, brothers Bennie Joe Eakes and Jackie Eakes, and sister-in-law Merlene Sparks. Surviving are wife Linda Sparks Eakes; son Wayne ( Joy) Eakes, Horton; daughter Patricia Fulton, Walnut Grove; granddaughters LeAnna (Brandon) Epperson, Jamie Nash […]

Vicki Lynn Patterson Ellis



VICKI LYNN PATTERSON ELLIS, 51, died April 27, 2017. She was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were grandparents Jim and Elvie Hays and Mid and Mattie Lee Patterson. Surviving are mother Sibyl Patterson; father Rick Patterson; sons Mitchell Ellis, Tyler Ellis; fiancé Freddie Stoffregen; uncles Larry “Pod” (Becky) Patterson, Ben (Sandy) Hays. Barry Hallman officiated the […]


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