County students medal at state track meet

While all eight schools qualified students for the AHSAA state track meet, students from Oneonta earned medals in the 4A-7A classification and students from J.B. Pennington and Cleveland earned medals in the 1A-3A classification. Oneonta’s Jaden Kent placed first in boys high jump with a 6-6 effort and third in the 400-meter with a time of 51 seconds. Wes Standridge […]

Sports Brief

ONEONTA YOUTH FOOTBALL and co-ed flag football registration is currently underway until May 31. Register Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Oneonta Rec Center. Football is open to kindergarten through sixth grade, and co-ed flag football is open to ages 5-12, ages as of Aug. 1. Bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]