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 […]

In all its glory

Last week as most of Blount County was still and quiet, I set out on an early morning adventure to deliver papers with Rickey. It just happened to be the first day of spring, and I’m so happy that I got to enjoy nature’s beauty at its finest. The full moon was still high in the sky when we started […]

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 […]

Scores and games

Cleveland receives AED

Cleveland principal Chris Lakey (third from left in above photo) was one of 133 grant applicants in hopes of receiving an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Cleveland was one of the 13 schools that obtained an AED machine and storage cabinet. According to the American Red Cross, an AED is used to help those […]

Sports Brief

NINTH ANNUAL TOM BELL MEMORIAL CLASSIC High School Golf Tournament hosted by Oneonta High School will be held April 15 and 16 at Limestone Springs Golf Course. This annual event is run entirely by volunteers and has provided over $16,000 in college scholarships. If you would like to donate or get more information, visit the website at

Joseph ‘Joe’ Carpenter

JOSEPH ‘JOE’ CARPENTER, 65, Michigan, died March 21, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. He was a truck driver and loved to work in his shop, hunt, fish, and work in his yard and garden. Predeceasing him were parents William and Winifred Carpenter and three siblings. Surviving are wife Judy Carpenter; son Joseph Jesse James Carpenter II; daughter Jessica Winifred […]

Peggy Ann Moore Faust

PEGGY ANN MOORE FAUST, 89, died March 17, 2019, at TLC Nursing Center, Oneonta. A member of Rosa United Methodist Church, she worked at Gordon and Patton doctors office for more than 29 years. Predeceasing her were parents Willie Hudson and Dollie Mae Jones Moore; husband of more than 60 years Paul Faust; sister Freda (Lowell) Hood; brothers Conrad (Ruby) […]