Collins pleads guilty

Megan Collins, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter in a Blount County courtroom on Dec. 4, according to a press release distributed to by District Attorney Pamela Casey. Collins was charged and indicted earlier in the shotgun slaying of Clint Alan Myrick, 28, for an incident that occurred early in the morning of Nov. 20, 2014, at […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Winners of the 6th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest and the Festival of Lights Tree Decorating Contest will be announced tomorrow, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe. Visit,, or phone 446-0462 to obtain more information about all OBA special events. BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, at […]

Hayden marijuana bust

Monday was a busy day for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), its Narcotics Unit, and officers from the Warrior Police Department who were working with BCSO. According to sheriff-elect Mark Moon, busy is normal. It started off with the execution of a search warrant in the Mountain Woods Lake area near Hayden. Deputies found an as yet undetermined quantity […]


In last week’s article on the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame, Buddy McCay was omitted. He is, in fact, a member of the board.

Between the Lines

If you are like me this time of year, you’ve spent all your money on gifts for friends and family. You’ve searched for that perfect gift to give your mom or that special present for your nephew. Giving gifts is something we all love to do. Even though we know it’s not about the gift, giving a wrapped boxed to […]


County Agent’s Corner

My stepmother brought home a little plant several years ago to plant out in the yard. It was a gift from one of her friends at church. It was a pretty little flowering plant with white petals that did indeed form a star, if you looked at it long enough. The leaves of the plant were rounded, much like that […]

Kon and Vice speak

In telephone conversation with The Blount Countian, Town of Highland Lake Mayor Connie Vice advised that Scott Kon, the town police chief since 2009, had violated the town vehicle take home policy. She holds the policy, written by Kon, permits actions beyond the town limits only in life threatening situations. Kon offered two events to which Vice may have referred. […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken Salad

1 avocadoShredded rotisserie chickenPecans or almondsSliced grapesSalt, to taste Anytime I am doing a Whole30 (which is basically when you don’t eat anything processed for 30 days) this is my go-to lunch at least twice a week. I have no measurements on this one because I simply throw the amount I want into a bowl. You simply mash up the […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 12, 1934

Cotton crop in Blount County The cotton crop in Blount County for 1934 is estimated at 34,000 bales. Up to December 1, 13,489 bales had been ginned. The average price has been about 12 1/2 cents per pound. When sold the farmers will realize from this crop approximately $1,397,375 (total) for an average value per farm in Blount County of […]

Blount County swimmers shine

Seven Blount County swimmers, representing three schools, competed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Swim and Diving Championship, in Auburn, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Four swimmers from Appalachian High School, one from Southeastern, and two from Oneonta High School represented their respective schools. While all seven swimmers had strong performances, three swimmers stood on the medal […]