Southeastern is Scholars Bowl champ

Congratulations to the Southeastern Scholars Bowl team on their Blount County championship win. They defeated reigning champion Hayden in overtime. Team members pictured with their championship trophy are front row (from left): Ben Barron, Charlie Edwards, Ashley Ford, Jacob Padgett, Josie Jones, and Mariel Juhola; back row: Luke Glasscox, Chance Davis, Charley Burkett, Gabby Roberts, and co-sponsor Wiley Murphree. Not […]

Recipe Corner

It’s the best time of year…strawberry season. Strawberries have officially arrived at the local stand. When Ginger Perkins worked here she, Melanie, and I ate this spring salad almost every day for lunch. We ordered a gallon jug of balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing from a local restaurant and we emptied the entire jug during strawberry season. We kept the strawberry […]

Oneonta man killed in motorcycle wreck

Alabama State Trooper Chuck Daniel confirmed that a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday, April 9, claimed the life of an Oneonta man. Joey Richard Duke, 29, was killed in the 3 p.m. accident when the 1996 Kawasaki motorcycle he was operating crossed the centerline and collided with a 2002 Dodge 1500 pickup. The accident occurred on County Highway 20, five miles […]

Council completes Heritage Green course rezoning

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council completed its rezoning plans for Heritage Green golf course and club house. City manager/economic developer Ed Lowe explained in a public hearing prior to the regular council meeting, that the city had long wished to rezone the property from agriculture to residential. That rezoning, which was stipulated in the most recent bid invitations, places the course […]

Dicey Childers feted as oldest elected official in state

Dicey Childers, Blountsville’s woman for all seasons, was recognized Monday for what town council colleague Dennis Beavers called “years and years of selfless service” to Blountsville. District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd presented a resolution from Secretary of State John Merrill to Dicey as the oldest-serving elected official in Alabama. She was 90 years old Jan. 7. The immediate occasion was […]

Teaming up against child abuse

As the number of child abuse cases continues to rise each year, the Blount County Department of Human Resources (DHR), Blount County Children’s Center (BCCC), Blount County Sheriff’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office (DA) have a mission to protect children. Some cases require all agencies to work together, while other cases are investigated independently by DHR to uphold the […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, April 18, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin. RUN FOR LIFE 5K The eighth annual event will be held Saturday, April 20, at the Highland Lake Anchor. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m. Preregistration fee is $25. Day of race fee is $30. Walkers in Walk for Life fee is […]

Out and About

Blount County the Beautiful

With the arrival of spring, our senses are aware of the fresh green hues of new vegetation, animal courtship, and spring cleaning as our world prepares for new life. It is a perfect time of year to birth some new habits. Why not a personal campaign to make Blount County beautiful again? I know Blount County has always been beautiful, […]

Strawberry season is open

County Agent’s Corner

Spring is a wonderful time of year! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and it’s time to pick some delicious, red, ripe, locally grown strawberries. As a child, and even now, nothing tastes better to me than a bowl of cut up strawberries, sprinkled with a small amount of sugar; throw in some heavy cream and BAM! There is nothing […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 18, 1946

Famous radio stars coming to Oneonta From radio station WSGN in Birmingham, one of the most popular group of entertainers now touring the country will make personal appearance in Oneonta at the Blount County High School. The FFA has announced that The Forty Niners will present a program of music, comedy, songs, and novelties on April 30, at 8 p.m. […]