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The Southern Democrat, January 13, 1966

O’Shields to coach Redskins Supt. H.L. Street announces that Hugh O’Shields of Cleveland will succeed Bill Hawkins as Redskins coach. Having coached at Cleveland High School for the past 15 years, O’Shields will continue classroom duties there until the end of this school year but will be here for spring football training. Supt. Street states, “We are fortunate to secure […]

Area races heating up


The high school basketball season always heats up after the holidays and this season is no different. Several teams have put together good seasons so far and the race for the area title – and the right to host the area tournament – is now taking shape. Here’s a quick look at each race involving Blount County teams: 1A Area […]

Hayden’s Reid recognized

Hayden junior Harlee Kate Reid, a 5’10 outside hitter, was named to the Best of the Rest list by volleyball coaches from around the state of Alabama. Reid led the Lady Wildcats to the Area 12 regular season title and a trip to the North Regional where Hayden lost in four sets to East Limestone (21-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-23).

Sports Brief

ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will continue through Thursday, Feb. 1. Registration is Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. Players ages 4-12 – as of April 30, 2018, for baseball; as of Dec. 31, 2017, for softball – will need to bring a copy of their birth certificate and the fee […]

All County First Team named


The 2017 high school football season was a successful one for a lot of teams in Blount County. Cleveland, Locust Fork, Hayden and J.B. Pennington all qualified for the playoffs and J.B. Pennington advanced to the second round, giving No. 1 Piedmont all it could handle. The big award winners were named a couple of weeks ago: J.B. Pennington’s Cole […]

Church Briefs

PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have the third Sunday singing on Jan. 21, at 6 p.m., featuring One Accord. The church is located on U.S. 278 approximately two miles east of Holly Pond. Phone 256-796-5986 or 256-590-4468 for more information. MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH Randy Hale will be teaching a pastor and deacon school at the church beginning at 7 […]

Regina ‘Daun’ Davis Aaron

REGINA ‘DAUN’ DAVIS AARON, 58, Gardendale, passed away Dec. 14, 2017. Daun graduated from Oneonta High School in 1977, attended Snead State Junior College, then the University of Montevallo from 1978-81, graduating with a bachelor’s of social work degree. Daun worked with the American Red Cross for many years and then with the Jefferson County Housing Authority for 17 years. […]

Britt Alan Box

BRITT ALAN BOX, 60, Oneonta, died Dec. 30, 2017. He had worked at Hayes Aircraft for several years. Parents Quinton and Arlene Fortenberry Box and brother Randy Box predeceased him. Surviving are daughters Carla (Dustin) Phillips, Britany Box (Tre’) Henry; sons Shane Kirby, Matthew Kirby; grandchildren Alyssa Garcia, Tre’ Sean Henry, Trevon Henry, Lucas Phillips; sister Debbie Nash. James Powell […]

Christian Samuel Boyle

CHRISTIAN SAMUEL BOYLE, 18, Cleveland, died Dec. 25, 2017. He enjoyed all sports and attended Cleveland High School. He was interested in becoming a cowboy and bull rider. Predeceasing him were grandmother Patricia Terry and grandfather Max Baty. Surviving are parents George Boyle and Kerry Payne, both of Cleveland; mother Victoria Miller, Snead; brothers Jordan (Kelsey) Miller, PFC Brandon Boyle, […]

Carol Elizabeth ‘Koot’ Chamblee

CAROL ELIZABETH ‘KOOT’ CHAMBLEE, 75, Fairview, died Jan. 5, 2018. Formerly a longtime resident of Blountsville, she was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Luther and Cynthia Auston Mansel and six siblings. Surviving are husband Freddie Chamblee; daughters Pam (Brian) Kress, Norma (John) Pannell; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Joyce Johnson, Brenda (Henry) Aden. Larry Nail […]

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