Children’s Center poster contest winners

The winners of the 2019 Blount County Children’s Center’s “Stop Child Abuse” Poster Contest were recognized at a reception held April 7 at the Blount County Family Services Building and hosted jointly by Judge Sherry Burns and the staff of the Blount County Children’s Center. All Blount County and Oneonta students in K5 through sixth grade were invited to submit […]

Tornadoes cause destruction

Without an issued tornado watch, an EF-0 tornado touched down in the Hayden/Warrior area Monday morning at approximately 5:15 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed late Monday afternoon the tornado packed 85 mile-per-hour winds during its 2.2 mile track in the western part of the county. According to Blount County EMA director Don Roybal, the tornado took down trees and […]

Lone Star Rodeo rides into town

Offering top-notch stock and competition, pageantry, and family entertainment, the tradition of the Lone Star Rodeo will continue and provide western-style family entertainment at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. This year’s rodeo will not disappoint. Rodeo enthusiasts will enjoy the intense competition of bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf […]

Mandatory 10-digit dialing in Alabama 205 area code

In a press release from the Public Service Commission issued April 9, all residential and business customers throughout Alabama area code 205 will need to make changes in their telephone dialing patterns. Beginning Oct. 12, all local calls made within the Alabama 205 area code will have to be placed using the 10-digit telephone number (area code + the seven-digit […]

Highland Lake shooting

A late afternoon shooting at Highland Lake on Thursday, April 4, resulted in the death of 36-year-old Daniel Stockley. Highland Lake Police Department and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Reports indicate Stockley was alive when transported from the scene, but died later. Sheriff Mark Moon said in a statement released Thursday night that one person was […]

Between the Lines

Spring has sprung in Blount County and I love seeing the dogwoods bloom and porches exploding with color. Spring always adds a little pep-in-your-step with the bright sunshine and warmer temperatures. For years I found myself driving to Birmingham to grab the few flowers and plants I needed to make my home have the “springtime vibe.” Luckily, in recent years […]

News Briefs

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, April 11, and Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend. MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE The Blount County Master Gardeners will conduct their annual plant sale on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business […]

Vegetable varieties for the home garden

County Agent’s Corner

When it comes to selecting varieties of vegetables to plant, we all have an opinion. Some like yellow sweet corn, some like white field corn, and some of us are just glad to get an ear or two to eat. The same is true when it comes to tomato varieties; we all have a favorite. The following is a partial […]

Recipe Corner

Salsa Chicken 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 jar of your favorite salsa Rice, cooked per package instructions Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and cover with salsa. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve over rice. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream if desired. I first had salsa chicken when Melanie made it for us […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 11, 1951

Letter to the EditorDefense of bingo by an old lady Those men who are fighting bingo (legalized) ought to be ashamed. Probably their wives play bridge or canasta and poker and belong to society. They don’t have to attend bingo games. But let them stop and think how many really old people enjoy themselves playing bingo. Sure they spend a […]