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 […]

Media Day 2018

Blount County made a strong showing at the North Central Alabama High School Football Media Day held at Swamp Tails in Oneonta last week. All Blount County football programs were in attendance and had much to talk about. Appalachian Rob Beard is entering his first season as head coach at Appalachian. During his time at the podium, he introduced his […]

Nick’s Kids awards grant to Children’s Center

For the ninth year in a row, the Blount County Children’s Center has been awarded a grant from the Nick’s Kids Foundation. This year’s grant totaled $2,000 and will be used for operational costs to further the center’s mission to prevent child abuse, help victims, and strengthen families. According to director Jim Ed Clayton, Nick and Terry Saban host a […]

Sports Brief

UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING at Cleveland First Baptist Church for boys and girls in first through sixth grades is open through Friday, Aug. 10. $90 per child. Discounts available for families with multiple children. First game is Saturday, Sept. 8. Contact Rex Branham at 353-1425 or the church office at 274-0581 for more information or to register. Online registration […]

Marlana Matthews takes helm at Cleveland Elementary

Marlana Matthews reported to work July 25 as the new principal at Cleveland Elementary School and will assume those duties decidedly and in real time when the 2018-2019 school term begins tomorrow (Aug. 9). Matthews, 47, comes to the job from her assignment as a reading coach at Hayden Primary School last year. She has 18 years experience as an […]