Douglas to take Decatur job


The Decatur City Board of Education voted 4 to 1 Monday to offer their superintendent job to Oneonta’s Dr. Michael Douglas. Douglas was hired as Oneonta’s superintendent in the summer of 2014. The action by the Decatur board came after interviews with five candidates last week, with Douglas and Elba Superintendent Chresal Threadgill being named finalists for the position. Those […]

District 1 gets wet kiss from Cindy

District 1, covering the western-most part of Blount County, got a belated wet memento from the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy Saturday after the remainder of the county had concluded that the expected excitement was already over. Beginning around 4 a.m. and lasting for several hours, it rained cats, dogs, and frogs until the middle of the morning, unofficially totaling […]

Blount’s Best (Specialty) Burger

When Stephen Hill changed his menu at Stephen’s Diner in 2015, he added the Southwest Burger. Two years later, the Southwest Burger has won the title of Best Specialty Burger in The Blount Countian’s Best Burger Contest. Here’s the 411 (OK, information)…an 8-ounce patty (that’s half a pound) of ground chuck, slices of American and Swiss cheese, grilled onions and […]

Absentee voting info for August special Senate election

Absentee voting for the Aug. 15, 2017, U. S. Senate special primary election began June 22 and continues until Aug. 14, with Aug. 10 the last day for voters to apply for an absentee ballot for that election. Any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the absentee election manager’s office at the courthouse […]

Let’s get to know…

Todd Cassidy,head football coachJ.B. Pennington High School Favorite Movie – ‘Field of Dreams’Favorite Song – Eye of the TigerFavorite Food – Wings, Snow CrabLegsFood He Hates – Green Bean CasseroleFavorite TV Show – CheersFavorite Book – Watership DownFavorite Music – Southern RockDream Vacation – Rome (Italy, notGeorgia); already been – CancunFavorite Team – Atlanta Braves

Traffic fatality

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, a single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Pinson man, Daniel Glenn Startley, 51, on June 17. The accident occurred in the Remlap community on Ala 75, just before 11 a.m. The report indicated Startley was driving a 2006 Chevrolet HHR when he swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that was turning. His […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, June 29, at 5:30 p.m., there will be an author study on Catherine Ryan Hyde, known for writing Pay it Forward. Margretta Smith will read her story ‘My Dog Can Talk’, on July 5, at 10 a.m., followed by representatives from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue and Animal Hospital P.C. who will talk about responsible pet ownership […]

Alabama politics and Lyndon Johnson


In Alabama politics many times appointments to political offices filled by an acting governor have an adverse effect on that appointee if and when they seek election to that office for a full term. Every time George Wallace appointed someone to a political post, even in the prime of his popularity and power, they invariably lost in the next election. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 29, 1983

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce a reality Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, Inc., will become an official entity July 1, 1983. A full-time executive director and a secretary have been hired to guide the new organization. Offices will be located above Oneonta Public Library – the space is being provided at no charge to the organization by Oneonta City Council. […]

Blalock beats the drum for justice

Oneonta native Max Blalock, Wesleyan Campus minister at the College of William and Mary, holds a tender heart for those who have suffered historic marginalization in American society. He has aligned with movements seeking to welcome all into the tent he envisions encompassing God’s human creations. Blalock posts often on his Facebook account and accepts regular invitations to address audiences […]