We Remember

To those who fought, to those who tried, to those who gave their very lives

The weather was perfect and the crowds were heavy for the annual Veterans Day Parade in Oneonta Saturday. The honorary grand marshals were veterans of World War II and their service – the service of all veterans – was certainly appreciated by those in attendance. For the first time ever, the parade was broadcast live by WCRL on the station’s […]

A kindred spirit

When the day began last Wednesday, the Blount County Department of Human Resources (DHR) had identified 220 children who may not have a joyous Christmas this year. The Department used the children’s wish lists to decorate their Christmas tree as the children had “visions of sugarplums dancing in their head.” Within 3.5 hours, the businesses, churches, professionals, and individuals came […]

Veterans get fast fix for driver’s license notation

Veterans can now add the Veteran Endorsement or Veteran Status designation (referred to hereafter as the veteran’s logo) to their Alabama driver’s license by going to the Blount County Probate Office and getting it done with less time waiting in line than previously. Previously, veterans had to go to the Driver License Examination office in the basement and wait in […]

No crossover voters found in Blount County

“Blount County received no names of crossover voters from the Secretary of State’s office in connection with the Sept. 26 Senate primary runoff election,” Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green said Monday. Secretary of State John Merrill had announced in late October that a list of 674 voters from around the state had been identified and would be sent to […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium to elect officers for the coming year. All members are requested to attend. THE COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will present the play Seasonal Allergies at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. […]

Swamp Tails adds new dimensions: comedy, music, drama, culture, joy

At Cypress House Theater
Could Oneonta Mardi Gras parade and ball be next big thing?

You’re going to hear the name a lot, so write it on the wall: Cypress House Theater. It’s the entertainment center adjunct to Swamp Tails Restaurant, located next door immediately adjacent to the restaurant’s long inside wall. It’s going to bring a whole new dimension to entertainment in the city, the county, and the surrounding area. That’s the fanfare. The […]

The mystery of bent trees

The Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) organization and the Blount County Extension Office will offer a free viewing of the documentary film “Mystery of the Trees” on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. The screening will be in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. Debra Gordon-Hellman, a member of FLFR, purchased the movie and the […]


Last week’s article about Candy’s Sweet’s & Treats in Hayden contained an error. The correct address for the business is 3818 State Highway 160, not 3812 State Highway 160. The error was small but addresses are very important.

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 9, 1967

Sheriff raids still; arrests man, woman Mortimer Smith, 48, and Joyce Dale Isbel, 24, both of Guntersville, were arrested around 3:30 Monday afternoon by Sheriff J.C. Carr and charged with possession of a still. Both were taken to the Blount County Jail but were arrested around 10:00 Tuesday morning after $1000 bond was posted for each. Deputies Paul Small, Ezra […]

Blue Spring Water revivified

Blount Countians know about Blue Spring water. They know about the fabulously clean, nearly million-gallon-a-day beautiful, blue spring in a field under a barn bearing its name on the west side of U. S. 231 between Blountsville and Rainbow Crossing. They know and their parents know that it was real good water: smooth, soft, clear, even with restorative properties, some […]