Musso named North head coach

Chris Musso will be the head football coach for the AHSAA North-South All Star Football game. When asked about his selection as head coach, Musso said: “There are so many great coaches to choose from…. I’m honored and blessed God gave me this opportunity.” Musso is beginning his sixth season as Locust Fork’s head coach, a program he has led […]


SHERIFF CANDIDATE FORUM will be tomorrow, April 26, at the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, and the forum will begin at 6 p.m., moderated by Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet on Friday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Blount […]

Mother’s Day


We all have the best mom, and with the exception of one in the office, our moms are living and a big part of our lives. (I triple dog dare you to get in a my-mom-is-the-best contest with me. I’ll win hands down. Or maybe we’ll call it a draw.) We imagine that others in the county are just as […]

Dean sings Motown

Oneonta resident Rachel Dean stands with Matt Manuel who portrayed Marvin Gaye in last Saturday’s Motown: The Musical matinee in Birmingham. The cast chose Dean to come on stage and sing the chorus of ‘Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.’ The Diana Ross character portrayed by Trenyce extended Dean’s appearance, praised her rendering and invited her backstage for photographs with […]

Supreme Court races on ballot this year


Among the plethora of races on the ballot this year are the important seats on the Alabama Supreme Court. We have an unprecedented five out of nine seats up for election. Our Alabama Supreme Court as well as our Courts of Criminal Appeals are extremely conservative, pro-business and all Republican. This conservatism dates back to the 1980s and 1990s. During […]

Homes on spring market offer glimpses of local trends

Two contrasting trends are visible in the Oneonta homes market this year: a growing interest in both remodeling older homes, as well as upgrading new garden homes with special decorating and efficiency touches. This week features an impressively remodeled older home that serves as the conceptual model for more to come – in more ways than one. Next week will […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 22, 1926

Hon. Hugo Black, candidate for U.S. Senator, addressed the citizens of Blount County at the court house last week. Among the subjects discussed were the tariff and taxes, roads, rivers, and harbors, immigration, Muscle Shoals and the Alabama Power Co. He declared himself in line with the old established policy of the Democratic party in reference to the tariff and […]

Four county teams advance to round two

Southeastern has earned a spot in the AHSAA playoffs every year it has fielded a team. This year they did something they’ve never done before: win a playoff series. Friday, April 20 at Southeastern Game 1: Southeastern 2, Donoho 1 Bailey Boak earned the win for the Mustangs striking out 11, walking only three, allowing four hits, and one unearned […]

Scores and games

This week in high school sports

Coaches are invited to email scores and upcoming events to or call 625-3231.

Church Briefs

CLEVELAND FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH will have a Crosswalk Youth yard sale on Saturday, April 28, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the youth group’s summer mission trip. Upward flag football and cheerleading will have early registration at the church on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until noon, for first through sixth grade boys and girls. Early […]