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 […]

Hornets finish in fourth


The Locust Fork softball team wrapped up an incredible year, placing fourth in state Friday with a final 37-7 record. A recap of the four games in the state tournament follows: Thursday, May 18Game 1: Locust Fork 5, Lauderdale County 0 Corrinna Dodd took the win on the mound collecting 15 strikeouts over 7 innings. Clancy Irey led the team […]

Sports Briefs

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 […]

Blount County Special Olympics

Church Briefs

EVENTS ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH will have a singing on Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m., featuring Trusting Grace. Pastor is Dale Young. NEW HOME #1 MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have the group Chosen Generation singing on Sunday, May 27, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pastor is Matthew Fallin. ONEONTA FIRST INDEPENDENT CHURCH will have a prayer and praise service on […]

Wylie Brent Axford Sr.

WYLIE BRENT AXFORD SR., 74, Oneonta, died May 15, 2018. He was a photographer and enjoyed flying. Predeceasing him were parents Bill and Joyce Curtis, adopted parents Wylie Axford and Alma Salmon, and brothers Kerry Reed and Lester Reed. Surviving are wife Annie Sue Kilpatrick Axford; daughters Margie Sue (James) Sanford, Alma Leigh (Rick) Mohr, Penny (Stephen) Edwards; sons Brent […]

Forrest Glenn Cole

FORREST GLENN COLE, 53, Oneonta, died May 15, 2018. He served with the U.S. Navy and Alabama Air National Guard. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

Robert Danny Cowan

ROBERT DANNY COWAN, 61, Altoona, died May 13, 2018. David Cowan officiated the 3 p.m. service held May 15 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Altoona/ Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Keith Alvin Fowler

KEITH ALVIN FOWLER, 79, Oneonta, died May 12, 2018. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on May 17 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Valhalla Cemetery.

Frances Henry Graves

FRANCES HENRY GRAVES, 91, Hayden, died May 16, 2018. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of Nectar United Methodist Church. He had worked with Dow Chemical Company as a foreman. Parents Charles and Emma Chamblee Graves predeceased him, as did four brothers. Surviving are wife of 71 years Bernice Lee Graves; daughters […]