Teachers of the Year, Sports Hall of Fame recognitions upcoming

Blount County Board of Education

In his remarks to the special meeting of the BCBOE Monday, Superintendent Rodney Green asked board members to note two upcoming significant recognition events. Teachers of the Year will be recognized at the annual Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce banquet on March 5. Bruce McAfee will be honored posthumously at the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 23, 1963

Old man winter shows strength Old man winter flexed his muscles when he pushed the temperature from a comfortable 49 degrees at 7 a.m. down to a shivering 20 degrees at 12:45, when snow was falling steadily and ice was forming rapidly on the streets. City superintendent Hubert Street and county superintendent Clyde Blackwood instructed all schools to close at […]

Basketball this week

Jan. 15 - Jan. 21

Basketball season is winding down with just a couple of weeks left in regular season play, and the Blount County tournament underway. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Susan Moore Varsity Girls Susan Moore 62, J.B. Pennington 27 The Lady Bulldogs took an early lead over the Lady Tigers and maintained it all the way to victory. Morgan Holland scored 21 points. […]

Scores and games

Unity Celebration

On Monday, a diverse group filled the Little Brick Church for the county’s fourth annual Unity Celebration that coincides with the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Pastor Laura Powell, Anchors Church, said, “Yes, there is diversity among us and today we celebrate our individual uniqueness as we come together as one.” Oneonta councilman Nate Butler (right) […]

Sports Briefs

APPALACHIAN SOFTBALL SIGNUPS for 6U, 8U, 10U, and 12U age groups will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. until noon, in the high school lunchroom. Registration fee is $75. BLOUNTSVILLE T-BALL, BASEBALL, AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION is going on now through Friday, Feb. 8, at Blountsville Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Cost is $100; payment […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH will continue a pastor’s and deacon’s study each Thursday in January, at 7 p.m. nightly. Matthew Fallin will teach on evangelism. The church is located in the McLarty Community. Robbie Burtram is pastor. HEAVEN BOUND MUD BOGGER will be on display Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., in the Marvin’s parking lot beside […]

Donald Williamson Avant Jr.

DONALD WILLIAMSON AVANT JR., 69, Allgood, died last week at the residence. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three tours overseas during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1972 as an E5 staff sargeant. Predeceasing him were parents Donald Williamson Avant Sr., mother Willodean Downs Avant Childress, stepfather Billy Jo Childress, and sister Martha Elizabeth Childress […]

Donald Willian Barbee

DONALD WILLIAM BARBEE, 70, Locust Fork, died Jan. 15, 2019, at a Birmingham hospital. Predeceasing him were parents Clifford and Emma Lou McKenzie. Surviving are wife Wanda Mullins Barbee; stepdaughters Jennifer Lyn Watkins, Lesley Suzanne Turner; grandchildren Morgan Brooke Weaver, Chase Manhattan Turner, Allison Shea Weaver, Daniel Luke Durham; great-grandchild Mason Alexander Hughes; siblings Ronald (Ginger) Barbee, Carol Lussier, Tracie […]

Bobby Beatty

BOBBY BEATTY, 72, Oneonta, died Jan. 16, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as an E-4. Predeceasing him were parents, brother Charles Beatty, and sisters Doris Nolan and Wilma. Surviving are wife of 52 years Linda Beatty; sons Brian (Sharlene) Beatty, Ben (Nicki) Beatty; grandchildren Cpl. Landon Beatty, Grayson Beatty, Elijah Beatty, Lexi Beatty; great-granddaughter […]


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