Wright joins Scouts BSA


Though Boy Scouts of America has been in existence since 1910, it has been an exclusive male program that promotes character development and values-based leadership training. In 2018, the program made some changes and began serving boys and girls through single-gender dens in the Cub Scout program. Then, in February 2019, the organization introduced a program, called Scouts, that allows […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 6, 1957

Club member turns hobby into extra cash Mrs. Earl Murphree, Altoona, Route 3, likes to see plants grow. She must have a “green thumb” as almost every shrub that she attempts to root lives. Mrs. Murphree is the mother of two sons, Clyde who lives in Florida and Randall who lives on Altoona Route 2. Recently the former sent Mrs. […]

Spring has sprung?


Although spring has yet to show itself, spring sports are in full swing. Baseball Appalachian kept their game against Locust Fork last week within reach until the fifth inning when the Hornets’ Jackson Ragland singled and scored two runs. Locust Fork maintained control and won 10-7. Lukas Huber received the win on the mound. Huber surrendered two runs and gave […]

Scores and games

Higginbotham signs with Southern Union

Oneonta center fielder Allie Higginbotham signed a letter of intent last week to play softball for Southern Union Community College. Higginbotham plans to major in elementary education and become a coach. Assistant softball coach Lauren Wilson said during remarks at the ceremony that she is “a great athlete, a great student, and a great person.” Higginbotham will have shoulder surgery […]

Standridge donates

Susan Moore track coaches Payton Sandlin (left) and Charles Shirley (center) accept a $1,000 check from District 34 Rep. David Standridge (right). The donation allows student athletes to participate in events and meets that would not have otherwise been possible.

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. LESTER MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH children’s department and LMUMC Childcare are sponsoring “Mission Market,” a community wide indoor sale with a huge selection of clothes, toys, household […]

Billy R. Buckner

BILLY R. BUCKNER, 84, passed into Heaven on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Preceding him in death were his beloved wife of 33 years Lorene Nolan Buckner; his only brother Richard Franklin Buckner; and parents Venice Johnson and James William Buckner. Survivors include his son O. Brian (Monica) Buckner; daughters Regena (Kerry) Buckner Payne, and Pamela (Tony) Buckner Plunkett; grandsons David […]

Traci ‘Malena’ Gibson

TRACI ‘MALENA’ GIBSON, 54, Oneonta, died Feb. 23, 2019. Predeceasing her were parents Roy and Shirley Branan Presley and sister Nan Rutherford. Surviving are husband Bruce Gibson; children Emily Haynes, Kavin (Crystal) Gibson, Jessica Mankel; grandchildren Haley, Devon, Brody, Ashton; brother William M. (Rachel) Presley; sister Alyce Forester. William M. Presley officiating the 11 a.m. service held Feb. 27 at […]

Jerry Allen Harris

JERRY ALLEN HARRIS, 62, McCalla, formerly of Oneonta, died Feb. 25, 2019. Jasson Thomas officiated the 2 p.m. service held March 2 at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home. Burial was at Austin Creek Cemetery.


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