Blount County Thunder

Fireworks will be in the air Tuesday, July 3, in Blountsville as Spring Valley Beach presents Blount County Thunder. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and parking is free for this celebration. Based on TripAdvisor reviews, Spring Valley Beach was recently named to the “Best Water Park in Every State” list as best water park in Alabama. Owner Allen Gilliland […]

Approves routine recommendations, hires high school principal

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved routine recommendations of superintendent Daniel Smith at its business meeting last Thursday. The Board acted on the following recommendations: • enrollment of two elementary school non-resident students for the 2018-2019 school year • accepted resignation of fourth-grade teacher Christy Weems, effective immediately • accepted resignation of city schools mechanic/maintenance worker Jared Samples, effective […]

Fire tower opening July 7

Saturday, July 7, at 1 p.m. That’s when the Palisades Park fire tower will open to the public in a ceremony celebrating some four years of coordination and renovation to make the structure available as a point of interest to Blount Countians and others traveling through the county. The opening ceremony will feature comments from Probate Judge Chris Green, who […]

Cr uising canine

What more could you ask for – the wind in your hair, ears flapping, tongue hanging out, and cool goggles to boot? According to Don Martin, Royal, not a whole lot more, and if you are Mick the dog, then you’re in doggie heaven. Martin, a corporate pilot, and Mick take to the roads just about every chance they get. […]


BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The ‘Sounds of Liberty’ program will be Wednesday, July 4, from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. Liberty Bells ring at that time throughout the country including the Philadelphia Liberty Bell which rang 13 times on July 4, 1716. Sen. Clay Scofield will be the guest speaker. The public is invited. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY There will be a […]


In last week’s article reporting points made by candidates James Chapman and Mark Moon at the sheriff’s runoff debate, the newspaper mistakenly attributed one of Moon’s points to Chapman. Concerning training for School Resource Officers, Moon stated that regular deputies – not just SROs – need SRO-type emergency response training, too, because they will respond to schools in the event […]

Preventing Teen Suicide

I didn’t want to write this, but a colleague told me that I must. It’s about teen suicide. It’s about dreams that will never be realized. A flower picked before the bloom. It’s about the unending heartache of family and friends. And the despair that caused a teenager to see no other way out. Three weeks ago, the suicides of […]

Snead reconsiders Lurleen Drive repair and repaving

Following work by town utilities employees, the Snead Town Council has decided to alter its previous plans for work on the Lurleen Drive culvert replacement. Voting at the council’s June 28 special called meeting, councilors authorized new expenditures of potentially $15,240 toward that project. Councilman Tim Kent, presiding in the absence of Mayor La’Shone Price and mayor pro tem Ann […]

Oneonta City Council advertises two jobs

The Oneonta City Council accepted the resignation of assistant court clerk magistrate Felipe Vargas, and immediately voted to advertise to fill the full-time position. The council also authorized advertising the vacant position of a full-time public works maintenance employee. Beautification Board chairman Marlene Stroud announced the committee’s monthly award winners. Receiving recognition were Carr, Riggs, and Ingram for the business […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 2, 1942

At Boyd’s Store – Good fresh eggs, nice chickens. Come on up where your trade is appreciated. Plenty of room to park. Beat the heat. Soothe and cool away heat rash and help prevent it – dust all over with Mexican Heat Powder – use after your bath. Costs little. Why pay your wages to flies? Use Tanglefoot Fly Paper […]