Bloom-N-Pie Days – comin’ up

Bloom-N-Pie Days matriarch DeLois Dunn displays a breathtaking sample of her gardens’ bounty, as a harbinger of one of the area’s most distinctive and enjoyable boutique festivals. It’s coming up this weekend – and next. The 16th annual edition of Bloom-N- Pie Days will be this Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, and next weekend, June 16-17, from 9 a.m to […]

Snead hires additional office employee, another resigns


The Town of Snead hired Kay Whitman as its new full-time town hall employee. That May 31 action followed usual advertisement, review, and interviews of applicants. Meeting on Tuesday, May 29, rather than its usual monthly fourth Monday because of Memorial Day, the council search expanded as members accepted the resignation of employee, Lucreita Chiz. Recessing into executive session, for […]

Board announces new principals, hires new teachers; new district logo unveiled

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education approved a major portion of its teaching personnel requirements for the coming 2018- 2019 school year in its Monday, June 4 meeting. Two new school heads were also announced: Steven Love as director of the Blount County Learning Center, effective July 23, and Tammy McMinn as principal of Susan Moore Elementary School, effective July […]

Buy fresh, buy local


There are currently less than one million people in the U.S. claiming farming as their primary occupation, and the family farm is slowly fading away. Despite this statistic, self-sufficient farms are often the foundation for rural counties, and Blount County is no exception. With local produce usually available within 24 hours of harvesting, the “buy fresh, buy local” motto used […]

News Briefs

SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT AT CLEVELAND PARK will be Saturday, June 9, beginning at 6 p.m. with Jimmy Byers performing. Blackwood Crossing Band will perform at 7 p.m. There is ampitheater seating or bring your own. The event is free and is family friendly. FREE FISHING DAY will be Saturday, June 9, and the fishing license exemption does not affect some lakes […]

Election Results

Republican Primary, 25 of 26 Blount County precincts (96.15%) reported* Blount County SheriffJames Chapman. . . . . . . 2095Ron Chastain. . .1980Mark Moon. . .3415Kevin J. Price. . .1386Chase Ramsey. . . .648Charlie Turner. . . . . . . . . 486 Blount CountyCommission, District 1Allen Armstrong. . .1909James (Jim) Foster. . 820 Blount County Board ofEducation, […]

Blackberry time!


County Agent’s Corner I don’t know about you, but I really like just about anything made out of blackberries! I guess you could say I never ate a blackberry I didn’t like, except those that the stink bugs got to first. Stink bugs don’t taste good. “Tame” blackberries are a much larger fruit than what we picked down on the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, June 6, 1939

Make plans now to join and enjoy a vacation tour of Washington and the New York World’s Fair! From Birmingham including round-trip railroad fare, hotel room with twin beds, private bath; all sightseeing, boat cruise tour, night club, tips, and all meals on train and in Washington. Truly a wonderful trip! $87.60 Facts indefinite in Altoona fray Brothers Vurdell and […]

Honoring Vietnam veterans


Janna Hoehn, resident of Maui and volunteer with Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Wall of Faces, is searching for photos of two veterans from Oneonta. The names Larry G. Cannon (1948- 1968) and Conrad E. Poole (1942- 1967) are etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Their photos are not included on the Wall of Faces website. Once collected, photos of […]

Free health fair

The Wallace State Community College department of nursing will offer health screenings to area residents on Wednesday, June 13, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Oneonta WSCC campus. The health and wellness fair is free and open to the public. There will be at least nine stations to evaluate participants on a variety of health-related issues. Topics include: • […]


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