Weaver arrested

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon issued a statement Friday afternoon announcing the arrest of a 74-year-old substitute teacher at Blountsville Elementary School earlier that day. Henry Rex Weaver was taken into custody after allegedly a firearm he was carrying in his pocket accidently discharged in a classroom of first graders. Moon said one child received a minor injury. Rodney Green, […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Classic Cruise-In and Cornhole Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. The Chili Cook-off has been postponed until February, 2020. Get details on the website. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and its regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Earlier this year, I visited The University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa campus with two friends. It was an unusually warm day, in the 60s. Rain clouds threatened overhead. Co-eds bustled about the campus, which is not surprising for a university with 38,000 students. One of my friends, Joel Goldstein, is an alumnus, and he described a completely different day on campus […]

Council questioned about financing for doctor’s office

Blountsville Town Council

“Was financing for the doctor’s office done by a relative of a member of the town council?” The question was asked near the end of last week’s regular meeting of the Blountsville Town Council by Rhonda Hitt, a member of Citizens for Open and Honest Government of Blountsville. The question concerned a building – the former Restoration Church on Main […]

Heritage Golf has new owners

New owners Trey Hanvey and Jimmy Hanvey (center, cutting ribbon) are flanked by family, friends, residents, and local officials as they celebrate the re-opening of Heritage Golf. The course is open from 7:30 a.m. until dark every day. The grill, soon to be opened, will serve steak and a variety of other dishes beginning at 5 p.m. nightly. The ballroom […]

Public hearing set for April 22; new location to be announced

County Line tire landfill

The April 22 public hearing in connection with the proposed R&T Tire Recycling landfill, originally set for the County Line Town Hall, will be relocated to a larger venue, according to County Line Mayor Arthur Self. “Our seating capacity at town hall is only about 40 in the audience space, and we expect many more than that will want to […]

Woman dies from injuries received in wreck

The Alabama State Trooper’s Office reported an Oneonta woman died from injuries she received in a wreck that occurred on Sunday, March 24. The 5:20 p.m. accident on County Highway 1 claimed the life of Brandy Leigh Collum, 43, when the 2003 Ford Ranger she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Collum, who was not wearing a […]

Recipe Corner

Mom’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake

3 sticks butter, softened1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened3 cups sugar3 cups cake flour6 eggs1 tsp pure almond extract1 tsp pure vanilla extractFor the glaze:1 cup powdered sugar1 tsp vanilla1 tsp softened butter2 Tbsp milkDash of salt Cream butter and cream cheese then slowly add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, alternately with flour. (Always […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 27, 1969

School site obtained Oneonta’s board of education has concluded an agreement with N.M. Galbreath for the purchase of a 12-grade campus site of approximately 80 acres. The land is located on the west side of Ala 75 just below the intersection with the old highway. Included in the agreement is a gift of 10 acres from Mr. Galbreath which includes […]


(March 18-23)

A few Blount County teams are participating in spring break tournaments this week. Coverage of tournaments will appear in next week’s issue. Baseball APPALACHIAN had a fantastic week, winning all three of their games. Their first two were by huge margins against Jefferson Christian Academy, 16-1 and 18-2. During the first game, the Eagles took a quick lead scoring three […]