The ‘people’s college’

The City of Oneonta and the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce invite everyone to an open house and ribbon cutting on Monday, April 29, for the new Wallace State Community College academic center on First Avenue West in Oneonta. Officials from WSCC, the City of Oneonta, and the Blount County Commission, will be on hand for the celebration. […]

Board OKs contracts/ agreements, other routine operating matters

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Schools Board of Education met Monday and approved a number of contracts and agreements, along with other routine matters involved in the district’s normal operations. It approved: • the following field trips: Locust Fork High School and Southeastern School cheerleaders cheer camp at the UAB June 6-9; Susan Moore High School varsity girls basketball team camp in […]


An almost 125-foot-tall tree on Wesolene Thomas’s property had to be cut down Monday due to damage sustained during a 2018 storm. According to Thomas, the massive oak, taken down by Bama Tree Service, was more than 100 years old and 7 feet in diameter. Ilario Dimasi, owner of the tree service, (pictured above with Thomas) was instrumental in safely […]

Nurses share memories

The Blount County Memorial Museum has a new nursing exhibit. The artifacts were provided by local residents and retired nurses Lynn Conn, Mary Wallace, Sue Axford, Bette Baker-Bradford, and Jo Ann Shea. Miranda Cornelius, a recently minted nurse, also contributed. The display includes a student uniform, caps, nursing pins, photographs, a yearbook, and tools of the trade. In the 1960s, […]


LIVE WELL Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) is offering a free six-week course to help manage chronic health conditions. Classes will meet each Wednesday, beginning today, April 24, from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Locust Fork. Transportation and respite assistance is available. Phone 205-670-5770 to register. FARMERS MARKET/FMNP TRAINING PROGRAM The Blount County Extension […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Two seemingly unrelated scientific stories have caught my attention recently. The first was the exciting news that astronomers and astrophysicists had captured the first image of a black hole. Please don’t ask me how they did it. (If it hadn’t been for all that math, I could have been an astrophysicist.) All I know is a couple hundred scientists from […]

Recipe Corner

French Onion Chicken 2 medium yellow onions,thinly sliced into rings3 Tbsp butter1 cup plus 3 Tbsp beef broth, divided4 boneless skinless chicken breasts,pounded to even thickness1 Tbsp oilsalt and pepper to taste1 tsp Italian blend herbs2 Tbsp flour4 slices provolone cheese4 slices Swiss cheese1 cup parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large iron skillet over medium-high heat, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 24, 1980

Hayden High’s new library completed Students at Hayden High have waited a long time for their new library to be completed. This week, librarian Vicki Mayes and all her aides have been moving the books from the old library to the new one. The old auditorium was reconstructed to form the new library. Growing business in Blount County “A front-porch […]

Owen snags world record striped bass

Using skipjack as cut bait, Oneonta’s Johnny Owen (right) landed himself another world record on March 22 by reeling in a 28-pound, 3-ounce striped bass at Inland Lake. The certified catch set the record in the Division One rod/ reel 14-pound line-class in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. Owen said on that particular day, which also happens to […]

No go on County Line tire landfill

A crowd numbering nearly 100 showed up for a public hearing before the County Line Town Council to discuss the proposed R&T Recycling tire landfill Monday night. Eight people spoke to the group, but only one was in favor of having the landfill in the town. That person was Greg Reid, the attorney representing the landowner and the company. He […]