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County Agent’s Corner

Vegetable gardening has always been a good release for me. Even back in my younger days, while working as a horticultural technician at Sand Mountain Experiment Station, after working with vegetable and other crops all day, I would come home and take my frustrations out on the weeds in the garden. And some days, I really let them have it. […]

Smith retires after 33 years


Cadence Bank’s assistant branch manager Sheila Smith had always been told that you would know when it’s time (to retire.) She has now said, “It’s time,” and after 33 years in the banking industry, Smith will step into the world of retirement on Aug. 31. Smith, who has mixed emotions about retiring, said she started her career at Community Bank […]

Recipe Corner

Peanut Butter Pie graham cracker crust1 cup peanut butter8 oz. cream cheese, softened½ cup sugar8 oz. Cool Whip Beat peanut butter, cream cheese, and sugar with a hand mixer. Fold in Cool Whip and spoon into graham cracker crust. Refrigerate. Yet another recipe that makes me miss Downtown Diner! Easy and delicious. Serve it with extra Cool Whip spooned on […]

Board passes 2020 fiscal year budget

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education met Monday in regular session and, among other actions, approved the fiscal year operating budget for 2020. The budget estimates total revenues from all sources at $15,107,596 and total expenditures for all uses at $15,101,096. (See chart below) The board also approved Superintendent Daniel Smith’s operating recommendations. It approved: • an overnight field trip […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 27, 1953

Circuit Court bill passes house Blount County will be placed with St. Clair County in a new judicial circuit under the provisions of a bill which has passed the House of Representatives and which is expected to pass the Senate some time next week. The immediate effect of the bill will be to legislate Judge J.S. Stone out of Blount […]

New loan approved

Blountsville Town Council

The Blountsville Town Council met at its regularly scheduled meeting time on Monday, Aug. 19. A work session had been set for the same day at 5 p.m. They also set a special council meeting for Aug. 26, to discuss and approve the fiscal year 2019/2020 Transportation Plan/Rebuild Roads Plan to have ready for submission to the state by Aug. […]

Yarbrough pens another book


Leonard Yarbrough, PhD., wears many hats. He contributed to the work at Red Stone Arsenal, both as part of the military and later as a civilian. He earned a doctorate in engineering and has been a college instructor more than once. He retired from NASA, explored Antarctica, and had Mt. Yarbrough named for him. He is a member of The […]

Rev. Doyal Howard Adamson

REV. DOYAL HOWARD ADAMSON, 80, Oneonta, died Aug. 24, 2019. He was a member of Straight Mountain Baptist Church and a preacher for more than 50 years. He retired from UAB as a surgical maintenance technician. Predeceasing him were parents Howard “Bud” and Gladys Phillips Adamson. Surviving are wife of 63 years Nan Dickie Adamson; children Patrick Doyal (Darlene) Adamson, […]

Jmaes Clifford Allred

JAMES CLIFFORD ALLRED, 81, Oneonta, died Aug. 20, 2019, at the residence. He was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church and loved to camp, fish, hunt, or do anything outside. Predeceasing him were parents Tollie and Annie Allred; brothers Robert Allred, Archie Allred, Eugene “Gene” Allred. Surviving are wife of 51 years Fannie Mae Moore Allred; daughter Sirena (Jason) […]

Lonnie Isac England

LONNIE ISAC ENGLAND, 62, died Aug. 22, 2019. He was retired from the Alabama Army National Guard and U.S. Steel and was a member of Bayview Church of God. Predeceasing him were parents Oscar and Zola England, brother Ronald England, and stepson Michael Andrews. Surviving are wife Linda England; children Matthew England, Caitlin Andrews, Richard Walden, Mary Andrews; four grandchildren; […]


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