The flu can’t keep them down

Lester Memorial United Methodist Church children’s choir entertained at the annual Blount County Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast in the church fellowship hall last week. The program also featured scripture readings and a message from retired pastor Barry Hallman. Chamber executive director Barbara Andersen said, “I really appreciate all the effort that everyone at Lester Memorial puts into this program […]

Walking into a winter wonderland

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Blount County Learning Center students arrived at school as scheduled. Little did they know they would be walking into a winter wonderland. The school had been transformed the prior afternoon with lights, snowflakes, Christmas stations, trains, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Coordinator Jennifer Jackson described the student’s faces upon entering the school as priceless and reiterated […]

Teen dies in wreck

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reports a one-vehicle accident on Wednesday, Dec. 19, claimed the life of Brandon Quinn Lindsey, 19, of Oneonta. The 9:30 p.m. accident occurred four miles east of Oneonta on County Highway 20 after Lindsey’s 2007 Pontiac G5 left the roadway and overturned. Lindsey, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at […]

Happy days at Low-Water Crossing

Don’t dare call it Low-Water Bridge or you’ll have the semantically-correct police after you. And they’ll nail you dead to rights. The shiny new structure you see here is NOT a bridge. It’s a CROSSING, on the say-so of no less an authority than ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) and all its minions. A bridge is an elevated structure carrying […]


CITY OF ONEONTA has rescheduled the Tuesday, Dec. 25, council meeting to tomorrow, Dec. 27, at 5:30 p.m. BLOUNT COUNTY DHR will have an open house for those interested in becoming foster parents or volunteers on Tuesday, January 8, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Social workers and supervisors will be available to answer questions. THE BLOUNT COUNTIAN Our offices […]

End-of-year tax tips

As 2018 comes to a close, people are starting to think about that dreaded time of the year better known as tax season. Whether you get a refund, have to pay additional taxes, file early, or file at 11:59 p.m. on April 15, you will soon be gathering up supporting documents to file taxes. Lori Criswell, of Lori Criswell & […]

Out and About

A Watershed moment

I was walking along a small creek on my property last week and started to think about the creek’s watershed. Watershed is the area of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. My creek begins where a spring bubbles up from a nearby pasture and a hillside that also directs rain water into the creek. Since […]

County native has role in Bush funeral ceremony

Oneonta native Lee Underwood stood in honor before President George Herbert Walker Bush’s casket as his body lay in state in the nation’s capitol earlier this month. Underwood’s duties spanned some five 30-minute segments for each of the two days. Underwood, in his 15th year in the Guard, began the position in the branch’s honor guard in July. Since then, […]

Lions, gators, and bears… oh my!

County Agent’s Corner

The title of this article might make you think it’s about football teams; however, I want to discuss these animals in relation to Blount County. We all read the paper the other day about the black bear getting hit on U.S. 278. I truly hate that the animal met its fate in that way. In my life I have only […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 26, 1973

Native honored Brigadier General Donald L. Werbeck, commander of AFCS at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base in Missouri, presented the 1872 School Squadron the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award recently. Receiving the award for the 1872nd was Captain J. Glenn Whited, squadron commander and NCO Academy commandant. Captain Whited is the son of Mr. And Mrs. James Whited of Oneonta is […]