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Swamp Tails seeking up to $150,000 tax relief


The Oneonta City Council has scheduled a public hearing on a tax abatement request for Swamp Tails restaurant. City manager-economic developer Ed Lowe presented the request, before the council agreed to a hearing on May 23 at 5:15 p.m. Lowe explained the request conforms to state law which permits businesses with significant investments and employees to seek tax relief. The […]

Indivisible Alabama, District 6 stages Oneonta ‘Die-In’

by Ron Gholson Eight members of the District 6 organization of Indivisible Alabama staged a “ Die-In” in front of U. S. Rep. Gary Palmer’s office at the Little Brick Church last Wednesday. The group was protesting the renewed effort in the U. S. Congress to pass a national healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known […]

Expanding Horizons: Summer camps and library programs

“Summer 2017!!!! The camps are planned! Registration is now OPEN!!!” is the message Mitchie Neel, executive director of the Blount County Education Foundation wants everyone to know. “All you have to do is be interested, sign up, and come,” said Neel. As the current school year winds down, 42 summer camps, 12 summer library and enrichment programs, and one six-week […]

Music man aims to build band at Appalachian

Crist Sperling of Nectar, who previously taught music and directed the band program at Locust Fork High School, has been hired by the Blount County Board of Education to teach music and develop a band program at Appalachian High School. He will teach music classes in the elementary school and high school, working toward developing a pep band, later a […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY COMBINED HONOR BAND CONCERT AND LUNCH Cleveland and Susan Moore High School bands have joined forces and will perform in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade as the Blount County Combined Honor Band. The group will perform a concert at Cleveland High School on Saturday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. The $10 admission includes a chicken finger dinner plate […]

Historical Site designation propels park forward


The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution in April, recognizing Blountsville Historical Park as a state historical site, and placing it on the State Registry of Historical Places. The legislation was introduced by District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd and supported by remaining members of the Blount County delegation. The resolution focuses on a section of the old St. Stephens-Huntsville road passing […]

Spring Carnival this week!

Drop Zone. Drop Tower. Scream Zone. Free Fall. This ride has been called all those names and a lot more less printable ones when the bottom drops out. It will be prominently featured among the 18 or so rides at this week’s Spring Carnival. Place is the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Time is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each […]

Archibald goads Democrats with insight and humor

Alabama media commentator John Archibald entertained, informed, joked, inspired, and warned during his nearly hour-long dialogue with attendees at the Blount County Democrat Club last week. He noted early that he is not a Democrat or a member of any political party. The son of a Methodist minister, Archibald spoke at times of his upbringing. At one point in speaking […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 17, 1928

Twenty-Nine Graduate From Blount High The Commencement exercises of the Blount County High School come to a close tonight (Wednesday) when twenty-nine young men and women will receive their diplomas. The exercises were well attended throughout. The Commencement Sermon Sunday was a very able discourse by Dr. Cloust, of Tuscaloosa, who filled the place of Dr. Boone, who was unable […]