Alabama Legislature approves gas tax


By a vote of 84 to 20, the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would increase the tax consumers pay on gas and diesel fuel by 10 cents per gallon when fully implemented in 2021. The Alabama Senate Senate approved the bill, apparently without major changes, by a vote of 28-6 Tuesday. The bill must still be […]

Delegation addresses unit system, lodging tax, pistol permits, public nuisances

Local legislation report

The Blount County legislative delegation responded recently to the Blount County Commission’s Jan. 15 resolutions calling for local legislation on four matters. On the commission’s request to authorize a referendum to allow the people of the county to vote on the unit system of road management, the delegation wrote that it supports the right of people to vote on the […]

Blount County scholarship to benefit AU agricultural students


To honor his late father William H. Ward, Bill Ward has established a new scholarship to benefit Blount County students who have been accepted into or are currently enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University. William Hodges Ward, known as Bill, was a Blount County extension agent who served the county more than six decades ago. The William […]

Osborn pleads guilty


Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced Monday that former Oneonta Police Sergeant Nicholas Shane Osborn had entered a blind plea to charges stemming from a May 2017 incident where he was accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy. Osborn pleaded guilty to electronic solicitation of a child and second-degree sodomy, both Class B felonies punishable by up to […]

News Briefs

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, March 14, and Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend. FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENING Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings tomorrow, March 14, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Appointments are […]

Comfy Cozy Heating and Air open for business


Comfy Cozy Heating and Air owner Soni Carlee participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for his new business on Thursday, March 7. With more than 20 cumulative years in the HVAC business, Comfy Cozy Heating and Air can take care of residential and light commercial HVAC needs including repairs or yearly maintenance. Carlee has one desire for his business, to […]

Recipe Corner

Mexicalla Chicken Wraps

From the cookbook Laugh, Love, Cook, The collected recipes of Anne Buckner Tolbert 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 (4oz.) can green chilies, chopped 3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded 1 (10 oz.) can mild enchilada sauce ½ cup jalapeno jack cheese, shredded (plus more to sprinkle on top) 1 package small flour […]

Tire landfill information meeting set tomorrow


A public information meeting will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow, March 14, in connection with an application filed by R&T Tire Recycling last month for a solid waste facility within the city limits of County Line. The hearing will be held at 2314 Reid School House Road, on the site of the proposed landfill, on land formerly strip-mined for […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 13, 1953

Blount County farmer found slashed to death near Allgood Samuel Percy Garrison, 55-year-old Blount County farmer was found slashed to death near here, and a 19-year-old farm hand was placed in county jail on first degree murder charge. Garrison’s body was found about 8 a.m. behind the house of a neighboring farm by his 11-year-old grandson. About three hours later, […]

Dreary weather unable to completely stop spring sports


Baseball Appalachian blew Brindlee Mountain away 6-1 last Tuesday in their first game and 9-7 in their second matchup. Brindlee Mountain scored their only run in the first inning. It was a slow start for the Eagles, but in the third inning they began their scoring session with four runs. Chase Payne was on fire on the offensive and defensive […]


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