Triple Big

Julia Culpepper (left), 13, Deborah Beason, and Zachary Horn, 11, at Beason’s Steinway grand piano. The piano is what connects them: Zach and Julia are exceptional piano students; Deborah is an exceptional piano teacher. In mid-May, both students won the music lottery, except there was no luck (and no payday) involved. Only months of hard, grinding practice and endless repetition […]

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Blount County Sheriff race down to two

Following is a summary of questions posed and answers given at a debate between Blount County Sheriff runoff candidates James Chapman and Mark Moon. The event was held at Smoke Rise United Methodist Church and sponsored by the Smoke Rise Homeowners’ Association on June 21. About 80 people attended. The runoff election is July 17. A final sheriff’s runoff debate […]


New York Harbor, seen from One World Observatory atop the reincarnated One World Trade Center. The Statue of Liberty, symbol of hope for the world, and Ellis Island, main U.S. port of entry for untold thousands of immigrants over the decades, are visible separated by only .6 mile of open water. “The Observatory offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Manhattan […]


The extended Green family assembled outside of Carnegie Hall in New York City: from left, Mark Green, wife Joy, daughter Lucy; Hannah Maze (daughter of Chris), daughter Mary Grace Hicks, wife Pam, and Chris Green, Blount County probate judge and brother of Mark. Both families boast strong musical traditions and Blount County pedigrees. The Mark Green family now resides in […]

Blount County Heritage Book deadline nears

The hard and time-consuming work to prepare the Bicentennial Edition of the Blount County Heritage Book for publication is nearing an end, according to Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy. The new edition will contain about 200 more pages than the previous one published in 1999. The additional pages will consist of submissions by the community, said Rhudy. “It […]


MOVIE IN THE PARK The Community Arts Council of Blount County will show “I Can Only Imagine” on Saturday, June 30, at 8 p.m., at the Anchor at Highland Lake. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION in cooperation with the Crossroads Cruisers will have the Classic Cruise-in on Saturday, June 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., […]

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County Agent’s Corner

Yes, I am a bird lover! When you sit in the woods for hours upon hours you begin to notice all the creatures around and how they interact. Birds are fascinating animals. I was sitting very still one morning in my deer stand and had a camouflage toboggan on my head. A Coopers hawk made a beeline for my head! […]

The passing of a Southeastern legend

“A unique individual, and a dear person that everybody liked.” These were the first words Jerry Ryan uttered when asked to talk about his friend Glenn Tolbert. Known for his guitar flatpicking, Tolbert passed away June 9. He loved music, specifically Bluegrass music, and had a passion for playing the guitar. He played the banjo, second guitar, and sang tenor […]

Classic Cruise-In this Saturday

The Oneonta Business Association, in conjunction with Crossroads Cruisers, will host a Classic Cruise-In this Saturday, June 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. The Allen Tolbert Unit will perform on the SwampTails stage from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clog Wild Cloggers of Fultondale will perform a 30-minute set at […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 1, 1926

“Stubby,” mascot of the AEF, dog hero of the World War and the most bemedaled and bedecked dog in all dogdom, has just been mounted as a monument to his own bravery, after his death. Stubby was reincarnated in plaster and his hide mounted over the cast. In the cast itself is a metal box containing Stubby’s ashes. (From national […]