Budget comparisons


As a follow up to last week’s article “Approves 2020 fiscal year budget,” the chart below is a breakdown of the county budget by grouped categories. Please note explanitory information below the chart.

Recipe Corner

Easy Chicken Parmesan 1 jar garlic and herb spaghetti sauce¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese6 small boneless skinless chickenbreasts1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour sauce into a 13×9 baking dish and stir in the parmesan cheese. Add chicken and turn over to coat both sides with sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. […]

Locals join JSU Marching Southerners

More than 500 musicians and auxiliary were selected for Jacksonville State University’s prestigious band program, the Marching Southerners, for Fall 2019. A record 551 students – 191 of them freshmen – have joined the band for the 2019-2020 season, including: Kaci Childers (alto sax) and Kelsey Smith (flute) of Blountsville; Lauren Haygood (trumpet) and Auston Timmerman (trombone) of Oneonta; Christina […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 9, 1952

In and around Cleveland Several people from this community attended the state fair this week. The many exhibits are always interesting and educational. They display the diversity of accomplishments by Alabamians from all walks of life – farmers, educators, industrialists, artists, and many others. The midway with various entertainment is a thrill for most of us. The first week in […]

Martha Marilyn Skillman Alexander

MARTHA MARILYN SKILLMAN ALEXANDER, 74, Oneonta, died Sept. 29, 2019. She was a lifelong member of Harmony Baptist Church and loved her family, hummingbirds, flowers, and traveling. Predeceasing her were son Jerome Sanders; parents Clarence and Bertie McCay Skillman; brothers Bill Skillman, Jack Skillman, Talmadge Skillman, Lewis Skillman, and Douglas Skillman; sister Lillie Mae Butts. Surviving are husband Willis Alexander; […]

Edna ‘Faye’ Copeland Bazzano

EDNA ‘FAYE’ COPELAND BAZZANO, age 75, of Oneonta, passed away on Sept. 29, 2019. To know Faye was to be loved. She was devoted, loving, and always full of enthusiasm for life. Survivors include her husband of 55 years Matthew Michael Bazzano; daughter Cherie Bazzano (Michael) Towns; grandchildren Matthew Alan (Shana) Towns, Emily Ann Towns (Jared) Jones, and Maegan Lynn […]

John Remus Clowdus Jr.

JOHN REMUS CLOWDUS JR., 79, Oneonta, died Sept. 24, 2019, at the residence. He sang with The Valleyairs quartet and was a member of Fowler Springs Baptist Church who enjoyed woodworking, photography, reading, and geneaolgy. Predeceasing him were parents John Remus Clowdus Sr. and Jeanette Hoagland Clowdus and brother Jerry Clyde Clowdus. Surviving are wife Irene Clowdus; sons John Stephen […]

Donald ‘Don’ Max Diggs

DONALD ‘DON’ MAX DIGGS passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2019. He was 73 years old. Mr. Diggs was born in Etowah County on Jan. 28, 1946, to Rev. W.H. and Ena (Lambert) Diggs. He graduated from Ashville High School. He married Bivia White in December 1967. He worked as a broadcast engineer for WVTM NBC 13 for 23 years […]

Jerry Lendon ‘Muscles’ Fells

JERRY LENDON ‘MUSCLES’ FELLS, 58, Altoona, died Oct. 2, 2019, at a Birmingham hospital. Predeceasing him were mother Mabelline Chamblee Fells and son Ryan Fells. Surviving are wife Pearl Fells; son Colton Fells, Altoona; father James (Jane) Fells, Oneonta; brother Ray Fells, Snead; sisters Brenda (Phil) Hassell, Paducah, Ky., Tammy Fells, Birmingham; nieces and nephews Ashley Hancock, Chris Hancock, Cassie […]

Kayla Nicolle Owen

KAYLA NICOLLE OWEN, 24, Brandon, Miss., formerly of Pinson, died Oct. 2, 2019. She attended SEYC Christian youth camp for many years and enjoyed painting, playing board games, and her puppies Ryleigh and Stumpy. Surviving are parents Scott and Misty Bruce; grandparents Randy Gorham, Donna and Sidney Bruce, William Mickle; fiance Gage Gregory; brother Micah Bruce; a host of friends. […]


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