Harris graduates

U.S. Air Force Airman Clayton M. Harris graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Tex. Harris completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills, earning four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 13, 1969

Movie news The greatest movie of all time: “Gone With the Wind” is playing at the Neely through Feb. 18. At SkyVue, you can see “The Fox” plus “Shock Troops.” Local bill would put sheriff on salary; raise deputies pay A proposed bill would put Blount County’s sheriff on regular salary instead of on the present fee system, would raise […]

Five area champions in Blount County


It was an exciting week for Blount County basketball. Five teams in the county won their area championships. Locust Fork, Oneonta, and Susan Moore all claimed victories for the girls and J.B. Pennington and Oneonta obtained the wins for the boys. J.B. Pennington (above) first defeated Glencoe 73-62. This led them into the thrilling championship 61-58 victory against Hanceville. Austin […]

Hornets hire new football coach


Locust Fork High School hosted a reception last week to welcome their new head football coach, Matt Plunkett. The filled auditorium was bursting with excitement for a new era of Hornet football. Plunkett is a seasoned coach with an impressive resume. He began coaching as a graduate assistant in 2004 at Pittsburg State University. Plunkett has also coached at Carson […]

Scores and games

Littleton signs national letter of intent

J.B. Pennington’s Cole Littleton signed his national letter of intent last week with Centre College in Danville, Ky. Littleton finished his high school career with 205 receptions and 2,600 yards with 25 touchdowns and was selected to first team all state consecutive years. Littleton is the son of Rusty and Vonda Littleton and the grandson of Ken and Nancy Littleton […]

Church Briefs

PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have the regular third Sunday singing on Feb. 17, at 6 p.m., with New Ground. The church is located on U.S. 278 two miles east of Holly Pond. Phone 256-796-5986 for information. WELCOME #2 MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a singing on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. Guest singers are Bloodline from Albertville. […]

Carol Joan ‘Nunnie’ Brown

CAROL JOAN ‘NUNNIE’ BROWN, 76, Blountsville, died Feb. 3, 2019, at Marshall Medical Center North. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Namon and Beulah Justice, son Anthony Brown, great-grandson Logan Alexander Bullard, and nine siblings. Surviving are husband Charles “Popsie” Brown; children Boyd (Ina) Brown, Carolyn (Stanley) Wilemon, Jonathan Brown, all of […]

Patricia Joyce Ellis Edwards

PATRICIA JOYCE ELLIS EDWARDS, 74, Horton, died Feb. 7, 2019, at Diversicare Nursing Facility, Boaz. She enjoyed gardening and refinishing furniture and doted on her dog Sasha and cat Lily. Predeceasing her were parents Alton and Willie Mae Ellis, daughter Patty Joyce Edwards, and sons-in-law Monty Jones and David Parker. Surviving are sons Kenneth Edwards, Guy Edwards; daughters Cynthia (Robert) […]

Ermine Hildon Hayes

ERMINE HILDON HAYES, 88, Cleveland, died Feb. 5, 2019, at the residence. Fondly known as “Main,” he was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, woodworking, fishing, hunting, Alabama football, and the Atlanta Braves. He doted on his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Predeceasing him were parents J.C. and India Hayes, son Jink Hayes, brothers Edward Hayes, Edgar […]


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