Man for all seasons heads for California in a 2-dp (dogpower) buggy

This is a story about a man – Georgie Cutright – going 2,500 miles to California in a dog-drawn vehicle. That’s it you see in the photo: a long, flat skateboard with a beach chair mounted on it. It’s just barely mounted, by a few inches of black electrical tape holding an aluminum rod to the board. Quickly, let’s identify […]

Junior Fire Academy

“It gave me a lot of hands-on experience.” “It feels like real life firefighting.” “It gave me a feel for what firefighting is like.” These are statements from 2016 Junior Fire Academy attendees. Hosted at Hayden High School, the Junior Fire Academy summer camp will be June 20-22 and, it will offer a full array of hands-on experiences similar to […]

Oneonta City Board of Education elects officers for coming year

The Oneonta City Board of Education held its annual election of officers at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night. Re-elected president was Pat Adams. Don Maples was elected vice president. The board also approved Superintendent Michael Douglas’s personnel recommendations. The board acted on the following items: • approved probationary, nontenured, certified staff for re-employment granting tenure with Oneonta City Schools; […]

Three die in weekend traffic accidents

Three people died in weekend traffic accidents, including a 3- year-old child in a head-on collision on Ala 79 south of Locust Fork. That accident occurred just after 6 p.m. Sunday in the Dallas-Selfville area when a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with a 2001 Chevrolet pickup. The 3-year-old was a passenger in the Cherokee and he was pronounced dead […]

News Briefs

WORLD WAR II AND KOREAN VETERANS CEREMONY will be Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at the Woodmen of the World Lodge, 28340 Ala 75, Oneonta. WOW representatives and Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy invite veterans to the appreciation ceremony. Refreshments will be served. Phone Amy at the museum at 625-6905 Tuesday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and […]

Why not ‘Shorty’ Price?


Well, folks, the field is set for the sprint to fill the open U.S. Senate seat of Jeff Sessions. The primary is less than three months away on Aug. 15 and there will probably be a runoff on Sept. 26 and the winner of that GOP runoff will be our junior senator from Alabama. In the Heart of Dixie, winning […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 24, 1945

Hospital Committee met Friday night The Executive Board of the Blount County Hospital Committee met on Friday evening at the American Legion Building with the chairman, W.P. Gordon, presiding. The name, “Blount County Memorial Hospital”, was chosen as the name. The hospital will be a memorial to all those who have rendered a service to their country during this war. […]

Oneonta Post Office conducts food drive; its customers supply the food – to Hope House

Talk about a nice, neat, little plan to provide relief to hungry people – the Oneonta Post Office has got it going. They leave a post card in customers’ mailboxes letting them know the date of the food drive – May 13 in this case – then customers donate non-perishable food items by leaving them in a bag at their […]

Civitan International returns to Blount County

Civitan International has organized a return to Blount County after an absense of 75 years. A number of community leaders have been contacted about restarting the club and it has already met twice with a growing membership of about 20. At its May 3 meeting, a full slate of officers was chosen, including Oneonta city Councilman Richard Phillips as president, […]