Snead cancels council for lack of quorum


In the absence of councilors Phillip McHan and Dale Snead, mayor pro tem Ann Sullins announced that Mayor La’Shone Price had a business conflict and would not be present for the scheduled Feb. 25 meeting. Councilmen Tim Kent and Greg Ogles had joined Sullins, but with only the three, they lacked a quorum. The council’s scheduled meetings are the second […]

BCCTC students excel


During the first semester of 2018, students taking business at the Blount County Career Technical Center have earned a total of 80 Microsoft Office certifications. In addition, 26 students earned the industry recognized title of Microsoft Office Specialist. Three students have earned the Microsoft Master Certification this school year: Benjamin Tyler Garren (Locust Fork), Dylan Jolley (Southeastern) and Mauricio Chacon […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 27, 1930

From the schools R. 3, Blountsville: I am writing this piece to The Democrat. I sure do like to go to school. I am in the third grade. My teacher’s name is Miss Zula. The number of our room is No. 5. I have made a bird book and an Eskimo book. I am going to make an animal book, […]

Bulldogs, Wildcats wrestle at state


Several wrestlers from Hayden and Susan Moore qualified and medaled at the state tournament this season. The Wildcats had seven wrestlers to qualify at the North Super Sectionals held at the CrossPlex in Birmingham. Hayden finished fifth of the 29 schools competing 1A-5A. Amongst the seven wrestlers were Evan Phillips, Ryan St. John, Kaleb Burford, Ty Judd, Colby Hallmark, Linus […]

Redskins win tournament


Oneonta opened their soccer season in Foley with the Southern Shootout High School Soccer Tournament. They anticipated tough matchups from their seasoned opponents; however, they were no contest for the Redskins. They began the tournament in a defensive battle against St. Michael Catholic and took their first victory 1-0. Oneonta then faced Saraland and crushed the Spartans 6-1. The win […]

Players selected for North-South football game


The teams for the upcoming 60th AHSAA North- South All-Star Football Game have been selected and were released last week. Four players from Blount County made the roster. The teams consist of 2019 graduating seniors. Quarterback Noah Allison from J.B. Pennington and Oneonta’s Brandon Howard (wide receiver), Taveris Hill (defensive back), and Jaden Warren (defensive back) were among the 37 […]

Scores and games

First team all-county recognized

Players selected as first team all-county football were honored at a banquet last week sponsored by WCRL and The Blount Countian. Players were presented with plaques and certificates. Trophies were presented to Hugh O’Shields Coach of the Year Phil Phillips (Oneonta), Larry “Pod” Patterson Player of the Year Taveris Hill (Oneonta), Offensive Player of the Year Anthony Cervantes (Susan Moore), […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS WALNUT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH continues the 6 p.m. 12-week gathering to discuss Max Lucado’s book Unshakable Hope on Sunday nights through April 28. Refreshments will be served. Email wgbaptist@gmail.com for more information. J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will host a concert with Canaan’s Crossing, Bama Blu Grace, and Daily Bread on Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m., in the high […]

Sherri Ann Laughlin Ashley

SHERRI ANN LAUGHLIN ASHLEY, 60, Snead, died Feb. 18, 2019. Predeceasing her were grandparents Elmo and Golden Laughlin and Herbert and Lois Jackson, and aunt Martha Lockhart. Surviving are sons Chad (Marie) Thompson, Trussville, Brandon (Emily) Thompson, Nags Head, NC; grandchildren Melanie Anne Thompson, Blake Edward Thompson, Ella Thompson; parents Edward and Mary Ann Laughlin, Snead; father of her children […]


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