‘The Heritage of Blount County’ bicentennial edition in works

The first updated version of “The Heritage of Blount County” that has been done in nearly 20 years will be issued later this year. The project is a joint venture of the Blount County Historical Society and Blount County Memorial Museum. Cost of the book will be $75. The book is the comprehensive survey of the history of Blount County, […]

Hayden Jack’s ready to serve

The long and deliciously-anticipated official opening of Jack’s at Hayden and I-65 happened Friday at evening rush hour, to the accompaniment of the Hayden High School Band, lots of dignitaries, and mobs of customers. For a while, it was a three-ring happening. Doing the dignitary honors, from the left, Economic Development Council director Don Mitchell; District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong, […]

Board raises out-of-district fees

Oneonta City Board of Education

At the recommendation of Superintendent Daniel smith, the Oneonta School Board voted unanimously at its business meeting last week to raise out-of-district student tuition from $350, with discounts for multiple students within a family, to $500 per student across the board, with a cap of $1,350 per family, when the number of students exceeds three per family. In other actions, […]

Bill Wittmeier Supply Company adds a story

1955 Downtown Oneonta

[This month’s segment deals with businesses in the beginning half of the 300 block of First Avenue, East, over 1955. Once again, I explain that I obtained a 1955 telephone directory as a key source for this series and that 1955 falls almost mid-way between Oneonta’s 1891 incorporation and 2018. Any readers who have appropriate additional information or corrections, please […]


SNEAD TOWN COUNCIL has scheduled a special meeting tomorrow, March 29, at 7 p.m., at the Snead Community Center. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and review applications for the position of Snead police chief. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA and Crossroads Cruisers will have a Classic Cruise-In on Saturday, March 31, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., […]


In last week’s report on the candidates’ forum at Hayden, District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong was quoted as saying that the sheriff’s department had improperly benefitted from $315,000 in its budget for multiple years. Actually, Armstrong said the department had mismanaged the $315,000. There were several incorrect details in last week’s story on the 80-pound catfish caught at Inland Lake […]

Statewide rundown for 2018


Every constitutional statewide office is up for election this year. Just like the governor’s office you can serve two consecutive four-year terms and then you are through. Kay Ivey would have been term limited as lieutenant governor. She could not have run again for that post even though she ascended to governor last year. Young Boozer has served two four-year […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 28, 1935

CIRCUIT COURT CONVENES MONDAY, APRIL 1ST Circuit Court will convene here Monday, April 1st. It has not been decided which judge will preside yet. The work of remodeling the court house is being rushed in order to have everything in readiness for the opening of this term of the court. This session will be devoted to the trial of jury […]

Battling an epidemic

•Opioids are strong prescription mediations such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin. •Opioids are chemical cousins of heroin and are highly addictive. •Four in five new heroin-users started out misusing prescription painkillers. •Overdose from heroin and other opioids now kills more than 27,000 people per year. •Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than car crashes. •Nearly 30,000 Alabamians over the age […]

Man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

A Blount County man was sentenced to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 130 images of children engaged in sexual acts. The case dates back to 2013 when Jeremiah Christian King was arrested in a Florida hotel room where he was found to be playing video games while dressed like Harry Potter. He […]