From road block to waterlogged

What started off as a somewhat normal Friday evening on Straight Mountain quickly turned out to be a rather busy night for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Highland Lake Police, and other first responders. Within just a matter of minutes, activities went from a police check point in front of Appalachian school, to a car completely submerged in Sugarland Lake, […]

Oneonta School Board approves new coaching supplements, assigns local funding study

At its June 28 special meeting, the Oneonta City Board of Education approved increasing supplements for assistant and lower-tier coaches, excluding head coaches for football and basketball. The amount for coaches now receiving $1,500 supplements will increase to $2,000 annually. The amount for coaches now receiving $765 will increase to $1,000 annually. The increase may alleviate the increasing problem of […]

Phil’s Grill brings home the title


There are lots of very good burgers to be found in Blount County. The best, however, is in the western side of the county and it’s cooked by a big man with a big personality. Phillip Niblett is Phil and his restaurant is Phil’s Grill. He may be better known for his barbecue – he won our ribs contest two […]

Chamber, others working on ‘new Christmas tradition’

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, with the collaboration of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center and the Oneonta Business Association, is working on a plan to implement a weekend-long special Christmas celebration this year, according to chamber director Aimee Wilson. The kickoff event is the Blount County-Oneonta Christmas Parade, to be held for the first time this year on […]

Rob’s rambling

Just a few things that I need to get out of my head…not necessarily meant to be entertaining…then again, you never know. Good luck to the Oneonta City Board of Education as they begin the search for a new superintendent. Losing Dr. Michael Douglas was probably going to happen eventually, but it’s quite a blow to have to do another […]

Let’s get to know…

Ed Lowe,Oneonta City Manager Favorite Movie – ‘The Outlaw JoseyWales’Favorite TV Show – “Wheeler Dealers”Favorite Music – Eclectic (he listens toa little bit of everything)Favorite Book – (Author) Dean KoontzFavorite Food – His Mother’s FriedChickenLeast Favorite Food – RutabagasFavorite Vacation – Key WestDream Vacation – Galapagos Islands,Dry Tortugas


In last week’s article on absentee voting information for the August 15 special U. S. Senate election, the Blount County absentee election manager was inadvertantly identified by title but not by name. Blount County Circuit Clerk Cindy Massey serves as absentee election manager for Blount County, and the absentee election office is located in the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Room 208 […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Margretta Smith will read her story ‘My Dog Can Talk’, today at 10 a.m., followed by representatives from Crossing Paths Animal Rescue and Animal Hospital P.C. who will talk about responsible pet ownership and […]

It’s already been a Strange year


As we take a mid-year look at Alabama politics, it has been an eventful first half of the 2017. Of course, it’s not every year that a governor resigns mid-term. Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation from office on April 10 will more than likely be the most newsworthy story of the year. Bentley’s saga began 18 months ago. His troubles stemmed […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 3, 1930

Picnic at Cleveland Fourth of July The Blountsville Band is taking its “Daily Dozen” putting on the finishing touches to the music. The Lehigh, Snead, and Cleveland baseball clubs are getting in good shape to put on a real game. The candidates are reviewing their notes for their talks. The Parent-Teachers Association has everything to keep you from getting hungry […]