New Neely open house, ribbon cutting signifies new name, new thrust, new life

The new Neely School of Music and Arts will host a ribbon-cutting and registration day Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for the ribbon cutting, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for registration. The ribbon-cutting signifies a number of things: (1) a new name – from Neely Arts Center to Neely School of Music and Arts, (2) new ownership […]

County commission to barricade Sugarland causeway

On Sept. 4 the county commission will barricade the causeway just past the intersection of Joey Lane and Reid Road in the Sugarland Lake community. The section of Reid Road has water on both sides, and according to Sugarland Lake Association president Brian Reid, is a floating roadway. This closure will force drivers, including school buses, to find a different […]

Contracts, personnel matters dominate board approvals

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education (BOE) met Aug. 6 and approved all the recommendations of Superintendent Rodney Green. It approved: • revision of Blount County BOE policy 4.9 – Substitute Personnel; copy on file in the superintendent’s office. • the following plans for the 2018-2019 school year: Title I LEA (Local Education Agency) Consolidated Plan, Title II Professional Development […]

‘Scenic wonder’ mystery explained

Some readers were understandably mystified two weeks ago when The Blount Countian described what may have sounded like the eighth wonder of the world on the Locust Fork River in Blount County – without saying exactly where it is. (See map.) The ‘scenic wonder’ is a manmade stone stairway located on U. S. 231 about 2.2 miles north of Cleveland […]


ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION TO HOLD BUDGET HEARINGS The Oneonta City Board of Education will hold budget hearings for the 2018-2019 fiscal year on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. and on Monday, Aug 27, at 5:30 p.m. Hearings will be held in the board room.


BLOUNTSVILLE MASONIC LODGE will have a Swamp John’s dinner tonight, from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at the lodge. The $11 plate includes fish and shrimp with fixings. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Plus Ultra Animanga Club will meet tomorrow, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., to watch ‘Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.’ Story hour is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. English as […]

Some things even a bird won’t eat!

County Agent’s Corner

I know most folks here in Blount County have never had to pick cotton, or any other crop. Therefore, most of you have never experienced the sting of a packsaddle or saddleback caterpillar. The stinging sensation is much like that of a jellyfish; more like a chemical burn than a bee sting. Unfortunately I have had the joy of encountering […]

Aug. 11 serves as convenient reminder for Alabama residents to always call 811 before digging

FULTONDALE, AL – With Aug. 11 almost here, Alabama 811 hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every hour, more than six damages to buried utilities occur because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. When calling […]

Coroner sworn in

New Blount County Coroner Lynn Sweatman, left, is sworn in by Probate Judge Chris Green at the courthouse Monday. Former Coroner John Mark Vaughn resigned effective last Friday, leaving coroner-elect Sweatman to become coroner immediately, since he faces no Democratic opposition in the November general election. Sweatman has served as deputy coroner since 2010. He has an extensive background in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 8, 1929

Personal Items Lestelle Tidwell broke his arm trying to crank a Ford on Monday. Eat at Bunnie’s Cafe when you come to court. Short orders and the best of food and it’s cooked right. Wanted: Salesman who knows Blount County to sell oils, greases and paints, absolutely on credit, no red tape, weekly advances. E.E. Forbes & Sons, Birmingham. Will […]