Oneonta examines finances, anticipating 2018 budget

Oneonta city councilors met with administrators and department representatives in a public hearing last Thursday to examine potential revenues and expenses for the 2018 fiscal year budget. City manager-economic developer Ed Lowe reviewed the figures, entertaining questions from councilors and others. Lowe noted the initially presented budget increased the 2017 figure of $7.822 million to $8.062 million. Asked of present […]

Arrest made in theft at Ace Hardware

The Oneonta Police Department is investigating a re-occurring, after-hours theft totalling over $1,000 at Ace Hardware this past week. Investigator Jimmy Baldwin said an arrest was made after OPD obtained surveillance video and identified the suspect. He was charged with second degree theft and booked in the county jail. Other thefts reported include $3,500 cash and a debit card taken […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 22, 1979

Giles, Jones at Holman Arthur Lee Giles and Aaron Jones, sentenced here to die last week in the electric chair November 19, were transported to Holman Prison Saturday by a Calvert-Marsh Coal Company helicopter. Giles, sentenced by Circuit Judge H.E. Holladay, and Jones, sentenced by Circuit Judge Carl D. NeSmith, were convicted in July by Blount County juries for the […]

Let’s kick off…Week Zero?


Yep, that’s what it’s known as…Week Zero. Now, games played this week do count on the records, although there will be a couple of jamborees this week too. Well, there is one jamboree as Susan Moore travels to Good Hope Thursday night for a little preseason scrimmage. The schedule this week includes one county-vs.-county game and three interesting matchups for […]

Study reaffirms benefits of Northern Beltline

A new study says the Northern Beltline, I-422, currently under construction north of Birmingham, will have an economic impact of $2.67 billion in business output annually in the 10 years following its completion, according to a recent report released by the Appalachian Regional Commission. It was estimated in 2014 to reach completion by 2054. “I participated in that study by […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS ROYAL COMMUNITY WORSHIP CENTER will have a benefit singing on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. to raise money for Ronald Webb’s medical expenses. Special singers will be Robert Montgomery, Heartfelt Harmony, Gospel Travelers, Hearthen and Vessel, Harmony, and The Welcome Baptist Youth Choir. Concessions will be available. The church is located on Williams Settlement Road in Royal. Phone […]

Copeland graduates

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel W. Copeland graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate […]


ONEONTA CLASS OF 1955 will have a reunion on Friday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. SKILLMAN FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Walnut Grove Community Center, for descendants of Walter Thomas Skillman and Emma Dora Gunnells Skillman. The potluck lunch will be at 1 p.m. Phone Danny at 237-4982 for more information. GARGUS […]

Evie Lorraine ‘Jimmie’ Alldredge

EVIE LORRAINE ‘JIMMIE’ ALLDREDGE, 98, Arab, died Aug. 13, 2017, at Diversicare Nursing Home, Arab. Born in Blount County, she was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and the widow of Truman Alldredge. Also predeceasing her were son-in-law Nolen Bagwell, great-granddaughter Riley Baker, and parents William R. and Mattie Ellen Underwood Millwood. Surviving are daughters Lillie Bagwell, Blountsville, Sally Staton, […]

Janatha Phillips Brumbeloe

JANATHA PHILLIPS BRUMBELOE, 65, Cleveland, died July 10, 2017. She was a member of Turning Point United Methodist Church. Parents Clayton Lee and Margaret Louise Phillips and brothers Roy Grady Phillips and Edward Eugene Phillips predeceased her. Surviving are husband Roger Brumbeloe; children Carol (Danny) Daily, Robin ( Jerry) Underwood, Rena Laughlin, David (Amanda) Brumbeloe, Jonathan Brumbeloe; grandchildren Joshua Daily, […]