World record holder at age 10


Most 10-year-olds spend their day focusing on friends, video games, or organized sports; however, Gabe Henry is not your typical 10-year-old. Henry, who began the sport of bow fishing in May 2018, has already set three state records, one world record, and has his sights set on more records. Henry’s passion for the sport started just eight months ago when […]

Heritage homeowners’ questions

Oneonta City Council

City manager/economic developer Ed Lowe, city attorney Alex Smith, Mayor Ross Norris, and some city council members addressed homeowner questions in a public hearing related to the City of Oneonta’s acquisition of the Heritage Golf Course and clubhouse. Speaking for the homeowners association, its secretary Debbie Clowdus presented three written, previously submitted questions association members prepared following a January 17 […]

Community Arts Council to perform Deathtrap


Offering five shows spanning a two-weekend period, the Community Arts Council of Blount County will perform Deathtrap, a thriller in two acts, in February. This 1978 Ira Levin masterpiece is presented on one set with only five characters. It is performed in two acts, with five scenes, and is described as a play with many plot twists. Director Michael Hollingsworth […]

A service dog for Maddie


In an effort to keep Madison Roy safe from the seizures triggered by a rare form of epilepsy called Jeavon’s Syndrome, the family is on a mission to secure a service dog for her. Since her birth, she has excelled in everything she attempts. She has been a straight “A” student until this year despite having dysgraphia, a learning disability […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL A new Lions Club is forming in central Blount County. There will be an organizational meeting tomorrow, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., at One Way Outreach Ministries, 36560 Ala 79, Cleveland. Lions Clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs in the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information phone […]

Oneonta fire chief named


After several months with an interim fire chief, Kenneth R. Booth has been named as the new Oneonta fire chief. Booth, who has a very impressive resume, began his duties Jan. 28. Booth has worked at West Blount Fire Department for 24 years, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service for 21 years, the city of Graysville for 23 years, Bevill State […]

Correction

Last week in a front-page article summarizing the proposal for a 2020 referendum on converting to the unit system of county government, The Blount Countian reported that one provision of the proposal was that county commissioners under the unit system would be part-time employees, a change from their current full-time status. That was incorrect. The county commissioner position would continue […]

Hometown folks on TV


If you live in central Alabama, you probably know meteorologist James Spann and his signature suspenders, but Blount County also has some TV personalities that have made an impact. Chris Whited, Emily Robertson, and Chris Cato are three locals using their talents to keep their communities informed of news and weather. Whited graduated from Oneonta High School in 1995 and […]

Recipe Corner

Whole30 Barbeque Meatballs

5 lbs. ground chuck1 small container mushrooms, dicedas small as possible1 large onion, diced6 cloves garlic, minced6 eggs3 tsp. black pepper Mix all ingredients in a very large bowl. On two parchment paper lined cookie sheets, make out into one-inch balls. Cover with parchment paper and place the cookie sheets in the freezer until the meatballs harden. Then divide them […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, January 30, 1952

Generous donors give organ to church At the Lester Memorial Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 27, formal announcement was made of the generous gift just made by Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Horton. These two prominent workers in the church are donating an Allen electronic organ, costing $8,634.43. The interior of the church will be greatly changed to accommodate the new […]


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