NeSmith selected as Alabama Bicentennial Teacher

Dr. Adam NeSmith has been selected as an Alabama Bicentennial Teacher, one of 12 across the state. As such, he will promote the celebration of Alabama’s 200th year of statehood. NeSmith said, “It’s a big honor for me, Blount County, and Susan Moore High School. I am trying to be an ambassador. We have such an amazing state.” NeSmith recently […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 13, 1950

Blount County Schools to open. All schools in Blount County will open Monday, July 17, run nine weeks, then vacate five weeks for harvesting. Henry Hayes of Rt. 3 Bangor, brought an odd ear of corn to the Democrat office one day last week. It had one large central ear with six small ears grown around it. He says it […]

Blount County represented in USA All American Softball Games

The USA All American Softball Games took place recently in Oklahoma City. There were 24 teams representing ten regions across the country. Eight players were chosen from Alabama, two of them from Blount County. Ansley Armstrong and Miah Simmons, both in the eighth grade at Hayden Middle School, competed in Region 4 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. […]

Sports Briefs

UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING will be at Cleveland First Baptist Church this fall. Open to boys and girls first through sixth grades, the $90 fee includes uniforms, arm bands/ pom poms, and end of season awards. Register on Saturday, July 14, at the church, or register online at Phone Rex Branham at 353-1425 or the church office at […]

Rakestraw appointed interim director of Wallace State-Oneonta

A July 2 press release by Wallace State Community College announced Wesley Rakestraw of Holly Pond as interim director of the Oneonta Campus Center. Rakestraw replaced retired Dr. Kelley Jones who had served as the director since its opening in 2016. Joining Wallace State in 1993 as a biology instructor, Rakestraw most recently served as division chair for natural sciences. […]


Katlin Elyse Story of Locust Fork, and Wiley Christopher Murphree of Oneonta, were married at noon on June 9, at Limestone Springs, Oneonta, with a reception following. Pamela Casey officiated the nuptials. The bride, given in marriage by her parents, Bart and Sharon Story of Locust Fork, was attended by sister-inlaw Elizabeth Story and niece Mallory Story. She is a […]

Tipton graduates

Molly Ann King Tipton of Snead graduated in May with honors from the UAB School of Optometry with a doctor of optometry degree. She was the recipient of the American Optometric Foundation/Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Award for excellence in patient care. She is also conducting a pilot research study with the vision science department at UAB. Tipton is a […]


Mr. and Mrs. Randall Conner of Warrior announce the engagement and coming wedding of their daughter Mara Conner to Dylan Mathews, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mathews of Morris. The bride-elect is a graduate of Hayden High School. She is employed with St. Vincent’s Home Medical Services and currently lives in Hanceville. The prospective groom is a graduate of […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS HIGH MOUND MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Pastor is Mark Jones, evangelist is Eric Stone. WELCOME #2 MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have Homecoming on Sunday, July 15. Lunch will be served after morning worship, then Bama Blu Grace will perform. Summer revival will be Monday, July 16, […]

Ruby Baker

RUBY BAKER, 92, Rock Springs Community, died July 4, 2018, at Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was predeceased by husband James Willie Baker, parents William E. and Gena E. Wise, children Harold Baker, James Baker, and Linda Baker Woodson, and 10 siblings. Surviving are children Willie Ruth Baker, Martin Reynolds, Sherry Briggs, […]