City amends library board terms, declares fire department surpluses


The Oneonta City Council, at the request of Oneonta Public Library director Ricky Statham, voted to amend the terms of serving library board members to comply with the board’s by-laws requiring all terms to be four years. The terms were amended/ approved as shown in the chart at right. The council also approved declaring surplus and disposing of 21 miscellaneous […]

Car hits house, ‘…sounded like a bomb’

A 17-year-old Hayden youth escaped serious injury when his vehicle crashed into a house just after midnight Saturday. Matthew Lee was driving east on Ala 160 when he veered into the westbound lane, left the roadway, plowed through the yard of Todd and Tina Schannep, then clipped a large tree, causing the car to roll over at least one-and-a-half times […]

School starts next week

First day of school for students for all schools in the Blount County system is Wednesday, Aug. 9; first day of school for students in Oneonta City Schools is Thursday, Aug. 10. The school will hold an open house for parents and the community on Aug. 8, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Following are some highly-condensed items it will […]

An evening (or two) on patrol in Blount County

(Editor’s note: The writer is a retired sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department and spent many nights working with dedicated officers. The deputies of the Blount County Sheriff ’s Office encountered in this story rank high among them, he says.) In the last two weeks, The Blount Countian rode with deputies of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) on two […]

News Briefs

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will meet Monday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue restaurant. Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green will speak. The public is welcome. The Hayden club is in their 41st year serving local charities and community projects. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING The JSU Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of […]

Let’s get to know…

Michael Burkett,head football and baseball coachSoutheastern SchoolFavorite Movie – ‘The Prestige’Favorite TV Show – ‘The Office’Favorite Cartoon Character(s) -Gossamer (Bugs Bunny’s big red monster) from Looney TunesFavorite Musical Group – ShenandoahFavorite Book – ‘The Temple of Gold’by William GoldmanFavorite Food – Chocolate ChipCookiesFavorite Sandwich – Italian BMT (freeplug to Subway)Least Favorite Food – MayonnaiseFavorite Vacation – IsraelDream Vacation – AlaskaFavorite […]

Zip line in the cards for Rickwood Caverns?

Lamar Pendergrass headlined the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon program last week, and he had some encouraging words to say about Rickwood Caverns State Park. Pendergrass manages two cave-feature state parks, Rickwood and Marshall County’s Cathedral Caverns State Park. Largely as a result of Constitutional Amendment 2, the Alabama state park system is now keeping revenue generated by state […]

Stolen property recovered

Investigator Jimmy Baldwin reports an arrest and the recovery of stolen property located at a pawnshop in Jefferson County. The Blount County property recovered includes two weed eaters, four guns, a Yeti cooler, and a laptop computer. In separate incidents, a stolen truck and a car taken from Antioch Church were also recovered in Jefferson County. Arrests have been made […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 1, 1957

Construction bid accepted on school Scott Hardware & Supply Co., general contractors of Alexander City, was the low bidder on the city’s new school construction program, the bid being $220,684.00 for construction on all three sites. Of the total of six bids received, the next lowest was $232,295.00. High bid was $272,450.00. Construction is expected to begin about two weeks […]

Football is back – well, almost

The high school football season will kickoff in just a couple of weeks and practice will begin next Monday, Aug. 7. Teams will have at least three weeks of practice before the first game. The regular season will kick off early for Appalachian, Hayden, Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington and Southeastern, as those teams will open on either Thursday, Aug. 24, […]