An evening under the stars

The 2018 Dinner Downtown was bustling with energy, fellowship and great food. The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce kicked off Covered Bridge Festival week with its 3rd annual Dinner Downtown Monday evening. And what a beautiful evening it was! Close to 170 people enjoyed a candlelit dinner under the stars along Oneonta’s First Avenue. Dinner started with a chicken and […]

Forgotten and abandoned

The Blount County Historical Society will meet Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., at the Blount County Memorial Museum. The meeting is open to the public and free to attend. Guest speaker will be Glenn Wills (pictured above), the author/photographer of Forgotten Alabama and More Forgotten Alabama. Wills’ works are coffee table books in which, according to Wills, “I explore […]

Cleveland meeting on proposed landfill spurs vigorous Q&A

A public meeting at Cleveland Community Center in connection with an application by B&B Tire Landfill to relocate to a site near Cleveland lasted more than two hours Monday night with vigorous participation from a motivated audience of about 100. The meeting was conducted by Bud Adams, operator of a tire landfill off County Road 9 in west Blount County […]

Veterans Day Parade wants YOU!

As of late last week, Blount County Memorial Museum and Operation Grateful Heart, sponsors of Blount County’s Veterans Day Parade, had received 24 entries for floats and decorated vehicles in the Nov. 3 Veterans Day Parade. More entries are expected this week, but just in case, organizers are putting out the call encouraging more parties to sign up. They would […]


BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Guest speaker is Wesley Breeden, with the AMBA benefits program will discuss special offers and services for AERA members. CHIPPING FOR CHILDREN Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at Heritage Golf Course and is sponsored by the Oneonta Masonic Lodge #324. […]

Roger ’s ramblings

I’ve been concerned about politics in our country for quite some time. Concern isn’t the right word. I’ve been angry. For the record, this is not about President Trump. The things that worry me began long before our current president took office. The founding fathers set the government up to be adversarial to some extent with the three branches applying […]

Trash detail

Kudos to the Blount County Commission for approving the Sheriff’s Department proposal for Roadside Trash Detail. Since moving back to Blount County, Joe and I have been appalled at the trash thrown out alongside our roadways, particularly County Highway 15 and County Highway 1, which we travel daily. Blount County has some of the most spectacular rivers and streams, mountains, […]

Master gardeners tour Quail Hollow Gardens

County Agent’s Corner

A couple of weeks ago the Blount County Master Gardeners visited Quail Hollow Gardens. Never heard of it? It is about 25 miles south of Dadeville and about 45 miles west of Auburn in Macon County. It is the place retired Auburn University football coach Pat Dye calls home. He and some friends purchased 500 or so acres around 1990. […]

Recipe Corner

Taco Soup

2 pounds ground chuck1 large onion, chopped2 packs ranch dressing mix2 packs taco seasoning mix1 large can Rotel1 large can diced tomatoes1 can pinto beans1 can northern beans1 can light kidney beans2 cans white shoepeg corn Brown ground chuck and onion in a large skillet and drain. Place in a crock pot along with all other ingredients and cook on […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 25, 1973

Construction begins on the chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial and honor plaques will list the names of persons who contributed $100 or more. ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’ is the theme selected for this year’s annual parade. Floats can compete for prize money of $200, $150, and $100. The parade will be the first Friday of December. For Sale Snead – […]