OBA Christmas Open House

Saturday, Nov. 18, will be an extraordinary day for Blount County as the Oneonta Business Association (OBA) kicks off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Open House. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., special events will take place in addition to the spectacular shopping opportunities. There will be photos with Santa, ornament making for children, letters to Santa, and […]

Sheriff’s department budget issue flares again


Here’s the short and sweet version of the most recent installment of the commission/sheriff’s department budget scuffle: • District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert voiced a motion (in the form of an addendum to a routine budget amendment) to deduct an $80,419.16 overrun in the sheriff’s department 2017 budget from its 2018 fiscal year budget. • Asked if he had any […]

Council learns scenic overlook not quite ready


Mayor Jerry Jones began Cleveland’s town council meeting last Thursday by announcing Councilman Sherry White’s wife, Peggy Jo Hunt White, had recently passed away. Jones said everyone connected with the town felt the same in that their “hearts and prayers were with his family.” White was not present. The mayor announced that despite the belief at last month’s meeting that […]

It CAN happen here

First law of church security:

Following are rules you can use to guard against and resist an active shooter, showing the source who recommends them. Sources: two law enforcement heads; two church security directors; one minister; one radio personality/church musician; one emergency management expert. The first step in preparing to counter the nightmare of an active shooter in church – or anywhere else – is […]


WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Guest speaker will be Merri Crow with Discover Blount County at the meeting tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7. Discover Blount is an initiative to promote tourism and economic development in the area. OFFER will host a reception for new Oneonta superintendent Daniel Smith tomorrow, Nov. […]

Letter to the Editor

Alabama’s rural communities are great places to live and work and are home to 40 percent of the state’s population. In fact, 53 of Alabama’s 67 counties are considered rural. Alabama is also home to 51 rural hospitals, facilities that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They deliver an impressive array of services, including emergency, primary, […]

Holiday Closings Schedule

The office of The Blount Countian will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving; Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, for Christmas; and Monday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s.

Holiday Deadlines

All ads and content for the Wednesday, Dec. 20 issue must be in by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. All ads and content for the Wednesday, Dec. 27 issue must be in by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21.

OPD confiscates drugs and guns

An early Sunday morning wreck resulted in Oneonta police confiscating two guns and eight small balls of cocaine from the vehicle. The single car accident happened near mile marker 33, north of Oneonta, on Ala 75. According to the police report, the vehicle drifted into the southbound lane of Ala 75, overcorrected to the right, left the road, and struck […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 16, 1983

Station leveled A heap of twisted rubble and a concrete foundation were the remains of the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department building following an early Tuesday morning twister that skipped across northeast Alabama. The tornado touched down at the southwestern site somewhere around 1:30 a.m., with volunteer fire and rescue units arriving on the scene immediately to stop […]