Lions Club centennial

Many Blount County officials and a lot of other folks flocked to Hayden Thursday to witness the dedication of the Hayden Lions Club’s Centennial covered bridge and the burial of time capsules. The event, which took place at the Vera Vaughn Park adjacent to Hayden Primary School, marks the 100th birthday of Lions Club International. One of the highlights of […]

Blountsville United Methodist Church celebrates 200 years

Blountsville United Methodist Church will celebrate it’s 200th anniversary this Sunday, April 15, harkening back to its roots in frontier times. In its main service at 11 a.m., Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church Debra Wallace-Padgett will deliver the sermon. A barbecue and pot luck luncheon will follow the service, and an afternoon singing will […]

Commission acts on four items affecting courthouse

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission acted on four items at it’s monthly business meeting that will affect citizens’ experience when visiting the Blount County Courthouse in the future. One of the items affects both citizens and employees in the near term. Another affects employees only. (1) The commission voted to prohibit smoking or other use of tobacco products by employees (cigarettes, […]

Frank Holcombe Company founder died in 1955

1955 Downtown Oneonta

The Frank Holcombe Company operated at 319-321 on the southern side of that First Avenue, East, block. Its founder had retired in 1941 but lived another 14 years before his March 30, 1955, passing. The store housed a variety of supplies. Employees could unload items from trains to its dock, as the tracks ran directly behind the store. It underwent […]

Watson pleads guilty

Michael Claude Watson, 50, the former fire chief of the Bangor Volunteer Fire Department, appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft of property. Watson was arrested in May 2013 following an investigation by the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office and charged with using about $9,500 in department funds for personal use. He was originally […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB A Sue Bell Cobb for Governor campaign representative will address the monthly meeting tomorrow, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. The public is invited. SMOKE RISE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION will have a community yard sale on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. until 2 […]

What will happen to the newspaper?


Well, the short answer is “We don’t know.” In the meantime, what can you expect? That the newspaper will be in your mailbox or in the paper box or on the counter of your local convenience store next Wednesday… and the Wednesday after that… and so on and so on. We miss Rob and his absence is definitely felt every […]

Coloring contest winners

The Blount Countian’s Spring Coloring Contest was another resounding success with coloring artists of all ages participating. The winners were randomly chosen from all entries, and the winners are: Aleathea Mitchell – winner of an eye exam at JJ’s Discount Eyewear Mildred Williams – winner of a manicure and pedicure from Nail Star Evelyn Moody – winner of a $25 […]

‘A pretty Republican state’


There are dramatic differences between our congressional delegation of the 1940s to 1960s and our group on the Potomac today. Obviously, their partisan badges have changed, as have Alabamians. There is also a tremendous difference in power and seniority of that era versus today’s group. That bygone era of Alabama congressmen were very progressive New Deal Democrats; whereas, our delegation […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 7, 1960

Businesses open The official opening of Foodlane, a new Oneonta supermarket, opened this week, as did Jane’s Shoes and Accessories. Foodlane’s ad offered special prices – Bush’s Beans, assorted varieties 6 cans for $ .49 Bacon, 3 lbs. $ .99 4lb carton Pure Lard $ .10 Royal Cup coffee $. 49 lb. Bama grape jelly 20 oz. tumbler, $.29 Cleveland […]