Redskins and Hornets still in it!

The school year is winding down, but that doesn’t mean everyone gets to relax and coast through May. Locust Fork and Oneonta varsity baseball teams are still in it to win it. Locust Fork faces Lauderdale County on the road this week while Oneonta travels to Hokes Bluff. All-county baseball players have been named and the list appears this week […]

Transforming lives through the joy of sport

This year’s Blount County Special Olympics competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Putting on such an event is not an easy feat. Much effort goes into planning to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. Blount County central office special education coordinator Becky Brothers said, “This event is […]

Jury selection begins tomorrow

Jury selection is set to begin tomorrow, May 10, for one of the two men accused in the 2015 murder of Brian Beavers, 51, who was found dead in his home in Blountsville. Justin MacNeil’s (pictured above) trial will be the first to be heard. MacNeil, 24 at the time of the crime, is charged with capital murder during the […]

Businesses thin along First Avenue toward U.S. 231

1955 Downtown Oneonta

Continuing the 1955 remembrances of Main Street (actually, First Avenue), this series reaches the four and five hundred blocks. The last segment ended at E.H. Horton’s gin on Fourth Street South. Across the street from the gin lay J.P. “Pass” (John Pastal) King and Sons, Inc., listed in his obituary as a commercial egg production packing company. The obituary details […]


COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will perform ‘The Foreigner’ on Friday, May 11, Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at the theatre, 413 6th Street South, Oneonta. For tickets, visit or phone 903-4060. SWANN COVERED BRIDGE CLEAN-UP On Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m., join the Friends of the Locust Fork River as the […]

What’s living under your house?

County Agent’s Corner

A longtime friend of mine lives in an older home in the Cleveland area. Her back porch is fairly high and has pretty good access for a wide range of smaller animals such as groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, cats, small dogs, and most likely many other creatures that I won’t mention because I don’t want to scare her. Normally additional creatures […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 8, 1969

Mother’s Day specials: Wittmeier Ace Hardware offered ‘Gifts Galore toPlease Mother More!’ with a few items:Portable mixer – $7.99Vacuum cleaner – $24.99Percolator – $12.88Folding aluminum arm chair – $2.99 Lorch’s Diamond ShopDinner or Princess Rings – $19.88Solid State radio – $4.95Bridal solitare wedding ring – $150 (Nothing down,$3 per week) Blountsville goes all out for sesquicentennial The state’s sesquicentennial is […]

Hopefuls skirmish again at Smoke Rise forum

The 2018 election season featured its fourth sheriff’s forum last Thursday night, hosted by the Smoke Rise Homeowners Association at Smoke Rise United Methodist Church. The six candidates agreed generally on many of the issues they addressed, diverging mainly on details or the way they articulate their positions. A debate will be held Thursday, June 21, at 7 p. m. […]

Hornets and Redskins continue to semi-finals

Recent years have brought many wins and championships to Locust Fork athletics. The success continues with baseball, as the Hornets move forward to the semi-finals, where they have not advanced since 1993. They are looking to make history this year with a win at Lauderdale County on Thursday to advance to the 3A state championship. The Redskins baseball program hopes […]

Five teams claim area championships

It is a great time to be a part of Blount County athletic programs. Five schools in Blount County advance to softball regionals after winning area titles. Appalachian will play Holy Spirit Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Cleveland faces Thorsby Thursday at noon. Hayden hopes to defeat Lincoln Thursday at 9 a.m. Locust Fork’s game against Walker is Friday at noon. […]