Happy birthday Anita, we loved your first 100 years!

Imagine celebrating 100 birthdays. Velma “Anita” Prickett of Blountsville did just that on July 28. Family and friends from several states celebrated this joyous occasion with two birthday cakes, hors d’oeuvres, hand-sculpted watermelons, fellowship, and many stories about Prickett’s life. The sunflower-themed celebration at the Blountsville United Methodist Church culminated with a multitude of family and friends cheering as Blountsville […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE will have a meeting tomorrow, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building. The meeting is open to all TREASURE Forest members. Phone 353-2858 for more info. BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at Wood Fire Grill in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts […]

Let’s get to know…

Ricky Statham,DirectorOneonta Public LibraryFavorite Movie – ‘Patch Adams’Favorite TV Show – ‘Criminal Minds’Favorite Cartoon Character – SpeedyGonzalesFavorite Author – Neil GaimanFavorite Food – Chicken ParmesanFavorite Sandwich – Ham and CheeseLeast Favorite Food – Apples (it’s a texture thing, he says)Favorite Vacation – Maggie Valley, N.C.Dream Vacation – New Zealand

Palmer reports

Sixth District U. S. Rep. Gary Palmer faced a much calmer and more courteous crowd at his luncheon meeting in Oneonta Tuesday than many of his House colleagues have faced in their districts in recent weeks. He reported on the status of a number of current issues, then transitioned to more subjective matters in the closing minutes of his talk. […]

Blount County moving forward with planned road projects

The first installment of county roads to be paved with 1-cent tax increase funds authorized by citizens last November is nearing completion with about two months left in the 2017 paving season. In January, the Moving Blount County Forward (MBCF) paving plan was formulated calling for two high-traffic county roads in each district to be paved, with an additional road […]


‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 11, 1955

Two Blount Men Shot On Market Two Bangor farmers were in University Hospital with gunshot wounds today after a clash with a group of boys in which bullets buzzed like angry bees around Second Avenue Curb Market. William Ted Armstrong, 46, was shot in both knees and Huey R. George, 19, received a hip wound in the shooting Sunday night. […]

Not much love for county teams


The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) has released the preseason top 10 and only one Blount County team received votes. In Class 2A, Cleveland (8-4 last year) received five votes and was listed in the middle of the pack of teams receiving votes. The Panthers are well behind No. 10 Sand Rock, which received 43 votes. Practice began Monday and […]

Thefts keep OPD busy

Oneonta Police Investigator Jimmy Baldwin reports this week has seen numerous thefts within the city. Three cars were broken into at a local title/pawnshop with car radios taken from each vehicle. A firearm was also reported stolen from a local residence. There have been no arrests with these thefts. Four shoplifting arrests were made at Walmart over the past week. […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS MT. CARMEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have summer revival through Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. nightly, with prayer room 15 minutes prior. The church is located on County Road 29 on Straight Mountain. Evangelist is Curtis Atkinson, pastor is Jeff Fore. MT. PLEASANT MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have summer revival through Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. nightly, […]

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