2019-05-08 E-Edition

OHS ranks #19 in Alabama

Oneonta High School was ranked No. 19 out of 248 ranked high schools in Alabama and No. 1,688 nationally, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings of high school performance. More than 17,000 schools were included in the national rankings. Schools in the bottom 25 percent were not ranked. Rankings were based on student access to advanced placement […]

Shaddix waves green flag

Blount County’s own Kevin Shaddix was selected as the honorary starter to wave the green flag for the General Tire 200 ARCA race Friday, April 26 at Talladega. Shaddix, who received flag waving pointers from Denise Engle, a 20-year plus veteran as the official ARCA race starter, attended the race weekend with his father, Wayne. They have been attending Talladega […]

Council disses Dicey

The Blountsville Town Council voted Monday evening to replace Dicey Childers as a member of the council, and to appoint Kathy Irvin to fill her position, according to councilman Dennis Beavers. Childers came to the meeting expecting to be reappointed to the council to finish out the term to which she was elected. She said the council had told her […]

‘What’s that smell?’

On Friday, May 3, more than 900 second graders attended Kid’s Day on the Farm at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The goal of the event is to teach others about the different segments of agriculture and bridge the gap between the farmers and consumers. Alabama Farmer’s Federation sponsored the annual event and member Carolyn Johnson chuckled as she told […]


SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE welcomes Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill as guest speaker at the 2019 Commencement ceremony tomorrow, May 9, at 5 p.m., at the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium on the Boaz campus. COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS presents ‘The Odd Couple’ May 10-11 and May 17-19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday show is at 2 p.m. There […]

Between the Lines

Even though it appears that I have, I really wish I hadn’t grown up. Adulthood can be a dreary and stressful place. Alas, here I sit in my grown-up office, attempting to type a grown-up column. And even though I do identify as an adult, I never pass up the opportunity to foster my inner child…which I hope is still […]

Retired educators visit Scottsboro

Two dozen BCERA (Blount County Education Retirees) members and friends gather after touring the Scottsboro Boys Museum and hearing from its founder and director, Sheila Washington. On this year’s annual spring trip, members observed the architecture of Alabama’s extreme northeast Bridgeport community; examined memorabilia at the Stevenson Depot Museum; lunched at the McCutchen Magnolia Restaurant, former residence of 42-year Mayor […]

Recipe Corner

Mini Strawberry Tarts 3 boxes frozen Athens mini fillo shellsSliced strawberriesCream:1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1 cup powdered sugar1 cup Cool Whip1 tsp vanillazest from one lemon Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Fold in Cool Whip, vanilla, and lemon zest. Heat shells in oven for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely. Spoon or pipe […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 9, 1963

Harmony news Since we have been so graciously blessed with the beautiful sunshine and have practically moved outdoors, I’m sure you’ve noticed our busy bees and their disturbed look. I guess our Harmony Club members will just have to apologize, for we have exchanged our bulbs and flowers with each other and probably from the eyes of bees have made […]