2018: year in review


Election 2018 This category of articles covered most of the year, with 27 articles beginning in January with candidate qualifying, and reaching a crescendo in May and June before the primary election/runoff, with another concentration in October before the November general election. Included were state elected offices including governor and state department heads, state and local judicial offices, state and […]

Wreck claims life of Blountsville man


Alabama State Trooper’s office reports a Dec. 22 wreck claimed the life of a Blountsville man. Douglas Earl Brooks, 59, was killed in the two-vehicle accident. According to the report, Brooks was killed when the 1999 Ford van he was driving collided with a 2000 GMC pickup on Ala 79. He was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the […]

Excessive rain causes flooding and road closings


After receiving in excess of four inches of rain on Thursday and Friday, county road crews began dealing with flooding and road closures. District one commissioner Allen Armstrong confirmed that there was a complete washout on Bangor Hollar Road, as well as partial washouts on Mt. View Road, Hayden and Melody Lane, Warrior. As of late Friday afternoon, Armstrong said […]

Blount County Education Foundation reports banner year for 20th anniversary


The Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) capped off its 20th anniversary of support for academic excellence in county schools on Nov. 20 with the awarding of classroom grants for 2018-2019. Classroom grants were awarded to 161 projects representing 183 teachers for this school year. The total amount awarded was $169,065, the greatest amount awarded to the greatest number of teachers […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Kids and teens can test their Minecraft building skills on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. Duel Monsters game night will be Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels. Story hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m. English as a […]

FLFR beautification program

Imagine 120 heavy duty garbage bags filled with litter. If each of these bags weighs 30 pounds, you’ve got yourself almost two tons of litter. Filling these black bags is not a glamorous task, but the volunteers are thrilled by the results. The satisfaction and nourishment gained from a pristine view of the Locust Fork River is priceless. For the […]

What Amy’s Reading


Meg: a Novel of the Deep by Steve Alten Think Jurassic Shark! Meg is a science fiction thriller about the largest predator to ever exist. The title refers to the Carcharocles Megalodon, a shark that lived during the age of the dinosaurs. Imagine sharks weighing over 70 tons! That’s a shark about the size of a bowling alley who fed […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 2, 1975

There it is! How many youngsters have waited with excitement to catch the first glimpse of the caboose that comes at the end of the long freight train? Why does it hold such fascination? Is it the bright red color… the hope that an occupant of the quaint car will be peering out the window to wave a greeting to […]

Tiger Trivia Bowl

Blountsville Elementary School held a Trivia Bowl competition on Dec. 20. Five teams – each consisting of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders – competed against each other by answering a variety of questions from all academic subjects. Participants are pictured aboved. Winning three matches, Da’ Rocket Pandas were declared Tiger Trivia Bowl Champions. Winning team members pictured above wearing medals […]

Oneonta council authorizes mayor to accept golf course


In a rescheduled Thursday meeting, the Oneonta City Council authorized Mayor Ross Norris to accept deeds to Heritage Golf course and its Twin Oaks club house. The acceptance is contingent upon receipt of value assessments of the properties prior to Dec. 31. Asked by councilman Danny Robinson what would happen if the valuations ran below what owner Beth Ann Mashburn […]


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