Wallace State-Oneonta continues to grow

Beginning with its first term of instruction in Oneonta in the summer of last year, Wallace State’s enrollment at the still-new Oneonta campus center has continued to grow steadily. Since the first contingent of 138 students registered that summer, enrollment climbed to nearly 200 last fall and stands at 302 this fall, with an increase of at least 100 more […]


TOWN OF CLEVELAND LABOR DAY CELEBRATION The annual fundraiser will be Monday, Sept. 4, at the park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Local bands will provide music, there will be barbecue and chicken plates and fried pies for sale during the event, and there will be activities for the entire family. Pre-ordered Boston butts are $25, whole chickens are […]

Oneonta City Council holds one public hearing, sets two more

The first order of business at Oneonta’s Aug. 22 council meeting was to hold a public hearing to discuss the ordinance establishing an entertainment district in downtown Oneonta. (See diagram, A3.) The entertainment district designation allows any retail alcohol licensee to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption inside or outside the licensee’s premises, as long as the beverage is consumed within […]

Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

There are many ways Blount County citizens can help. • Donate online to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army. Both organizations are on the ground now (redcross.org, salvationarmyusa.org). • Feeding Texas is a food bank affiliated with Feeding America (feedingtexas.com). • Donate blood. Blood supplies are always short during summer months, and natural disasters strain the situation further. […]

Budget approved; superintendent search, tax referendum discussed


The Oneonta City Board of Education tackled three major items at its regular meeting Monday evening: it approved the 2017-2018 budget, reviewed the timeline for interviewing and selecting a new superintendent for the system, and discussed progress toward initiating an ad valorem tax referendum. The approved budget projects expenditures for the 2017-18 fiscal year at $13,516,528, with revenues of $13,410,163. […]

Lions donate magnifying machine to Blount County Learning Center

DeWon Farmer, left, director of the Blount County Learning Center, and Tim Sosebee, president of the Hayden Lions Club, pose in front of an enhanced vision machine donated to the Center by the Lions. The machine, valued at $2,500, magnifies small text up to 200 times. It is designed to assist individuals with visual disabilities, and has already been assigned […]

Fraud leads to theft from car lot

Oneonta police investigators are actively working a theft investigation of a car from a local dealership. Investigators are trying to determine the true identity of a person who, through a fraudulent transaction involving an out-of-state purchase and fake identification, took ownership of the automobile. During the past week, OPD has had three alcohol-related incidents, including one driving under the influence […]

Hayden Lions Adopt a mile of County Road 7

The Hayden Lions Club has adopted a mile of County Road 7. District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong, left, and Lions Club president Tim Sosebee make it official. That means that club members will donate their time and efforts to keeping that section of road clean by staging periodic drives to pick up trash from the right-of-way. The Lions’ mile begins […]

Too close to call


Most people would assume that as the race for the open U.S. Senate seat began that Luther Strange, the appointed incumbent, was the favorite. However, polling indicated that Roy Moore was the favorite and still is as we head towards the Sept. 26 runoff. The initial polling showed that Moore had a hardcore 30 percent. It was and is as […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 30, 1928

Knocked Down By Lightning During an electric storm Saturday afternoon Bill Aniton and his little grandson, Roy Roberson, Jr., were knocked to the pavement when lightning struck a shade tree on Second Avenue near the residence of R.R. Harris. Neither was seriously hurt. The little one was cut on one arm and was bruised about the head. Bill was badly […]

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