From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 21, 1981

Bear sighting Novella Murphree, her two daughters, and her granddaughter are convinced they saw a bear in her yard on Straight Mountain. They say anyone doubting it should inspect the claw marks made on the tree the bear climbed when her dog ran it from behind wood stacked at her porch. All county basketball County coaches named the following to […]

Standridge’s motto bill breezes through to law

District 34 Rep. David Standridge (Hayden), whose district encompasses about half of Blount County, presents Gov. Kay Ivey a plaque suitable for display of the county’s national motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ It appears to have been a quid pro quo (the good kind) – she had just signed his bill into law moments before in a ceremony at the […]

Drive sober or get pulled over

Memorial Day weekend is a holiday set aside to honor the military men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. For far too many people, Memorial Day and other holidays are also a time for new tragedies due to those who choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive while […]

OHS improves on state/ national U. S. News rankings

Oneonta High School is ranked 22nd among the more than 400 high schools in Alabama, according to a U. S. News annual ranking of high schools released earlier this month. The annual report ranks high schools within their state, as well as nationally. Oneonta High School’s national ranking was 1,930, out of a total of about 20,500 high schools included […]

MacNeil found guilty

The capital murder trial of Justin MacNeil, 27, ended Monday, May 21, with guilty verdicts on both counts of capital murder during the commission of a robbery and capital murder during the commission of a burglary. MacNeil was accused in 2015 of killing Brian Beavers, 51, with a hatchet during a dispute over money that MacNeil is said to have […]

Blount County Schools focus on safety and security

In the aftermath of recent school assault tragedies, Blount County Schools have conducted a thorough review of safety and security plans and procedures with a view to identifying any areas that need to be strengthened to ensure maximum preparedness. Craig Sosebee is the man in the Blount County Schools central office with the responsibility for safety/security planning and implementation. His […]


All Blount County schools graduation ceremonies will be held Thursday, May 24, on the school football field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the school gym or auditorium, except for Locust Fork. They will have their ceremony at Wallace State. Appalachian High School7 p.m.Cleveland High School6 p.m.Hayden High School6 p.m.J.B. Pennington High School7:30 p.m.Locust Fork High […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY On Friday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m., the library will host a special sensory friendly story hour event. The library will be closed Monday, May 28. Registration for summer reading will begin Wednesday, May 30. Twisted Stitchers is meeting Mondays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at noon. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., […]

Where’s my catfish?

County Agent’s Corner

A gentleman from out on Straight Mountain called me one day last year and said something had happened to the catfish in his pond. I asked him if he had seen any beaver slides on the dam or around the pond. He indicated that he had noticed some beaver slides. I told him that these probably weren’t beaver slides but […]

Kids Day on the Farm

Cows and horses, pigs and goats, tractors and hay bales, and an abundance of city and county second graders filled the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center last Friday to experience “Kids Day on the Farm.” The goal of the event is to educate children about the county and state’s number one industry – agriculture. Students learned that farming comes in all […]