District 3 road crew creates scenic wonder on the river

The stone stairway from the old U. S. 231 highway down to the Locust Fork River looks like it is a main feature – along with the river itself – that gives the name to the county public works project referred to as the 231 Scenic Overlook. But the stairway wasn’t even present in the original vision. It was more […]

Republican runoff election: final results

The July 17 Republican runoff election decided Republican nominees for the six state cabinet and judicial offices listed below. No Democratic candidate ran for four of those offices, or for Blount County Sheriff, so the Republican runoff results are decisive for those offices. Two of the runoff winners – Will Ainsworth in the lieutenant governor’s race and Steve Marshall in […]

Actions taken on three projects in busy week for future progress

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission administration scheduled meetings on three projects this week – two bid openings and a grant planning work session – that relate to public works initiated to improve the county’s functioning into the coming decade. 2019 Community Development Block Grant The first, on Monday, was a grant application planning/work session directed toward identifying a Community Block Grant […]

Lesley bids farewell

WCRL morning show host and Blount County native Jeremy Lesley (left) will bid farewell during his last radio show on July 27. Lesley, who has been a co-host of the Jeremy and Chris morning show since late 2013, has accepted a position at Word Alive International Outreach in Oxford. Lesley said, “The first human I saw in a wakened state […]


SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL New student registration is tomorrow, July 26, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Kindergarten orientation is Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. Meet the teacher is Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY On Friday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a Sensory Friendly story hour. Hours are Monday […]

Pecans for Thanksgiving

County Agent’s Corner

Pecan pie is my favorite pie at Thanksgiving, or any other time! Taking care of my pecan trees is important to me because without the trees, I have to spend $6–$8 a pound for the nuts. In-shell pecans go for about $2.25 a pound on the market, if you can find them. While there are no commercial pecan orchards in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 25, 1968

Offered by local merchants – Mink Trimmed Coats – $36.99 Save on Mustangs – 1968 Hardtop – reduced to $2401.79 Aluminum handle, rip-proof 30 qt. Ice Chest – $1.99 Coffee, with chicory – .59c lb. Ice Milk – 1/2 gal. – .39c One group Summerettes – $2.99 Muslin sheets Fitted, $1.99; Flat, $1.79 Spin drying washer – $2 weekly Free […]

Auburn’s Deutsch celebrates state’s rivers in new book

Bill Deutsch, a retired Auburn University aquatic ecologist who has spent almost three decades exploring, restoring and championing Alabama waterways, has published a book – his first – he hopes will encourage current and future generations to respect and care for the state’s 132,000 miles of rivers, lakes and streams. His official launch of Alabama Rivers, A Celebration and Challenge […]

Sports Briefs

ONEONTA UNITED FC SOCCER Registration for boys and girls ages three to 18 will be Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the soccer field behind Oneonta Rec Center. Fees are: U6 – $65; U8 – $85; U10 and up – $95. Online registration is available at www.oneonta.club. ONEONTA BOOSTER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be tomorrow, July […]

Church Briefs

CLEVELAND CROSS HALO CHURCH will have ‘I am a Whosoever’ VBS through tomorrow, July 26, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., with Family Fun Night on Thursday. For more information, phone Teresa Latham at 559-2540 or Kathy Corson at 910-3445. ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, July 27, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Phone 493-0999 […]