2019-10-16 E-Edition

Dinner Downtown

The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce hosts the fourth Dinner Downtown Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The annual event shows off historic downtown Oneonta as well as culinary skills of Blount County chefs.This year’s menu features French onion soup (Miller’s Soda Shoppe), harvest salad (JW Bar & Grille), Coq Au Vin with mashed redskin potatoes (Charlie B’s), and nonnettes (Valor […]

Push continues

Members of the Friends of the Locust Fork River met Monday afternoon to continue discussion about the Tyson Blountsville plant’s pending permit application and the public hearing about it. It was recently learned that Tyson had followed through with the company’s earlier promise to request changes to the permit. In August, a Tyson official sent a letter to the Alabama […]

County school districts get legislative grants

Both county and city school districts received Legislative education grant checks last week from District 34 Rep. David Standridge. Standridge presented a $5,000 check (top) to Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Daniel Smith (accompanied by a cheering section of school employees, board member, city councilman, teachers and administrators) and a $22,500 check (bottom) to Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green. Amounts […]

Hometown Market to close Oct. 26

Hometown Market, serving the Oneonta area for 19 years, will close for good on Oct. 26, according to store manager Larry Malin. He said the corporate office is not renewing the lease on the building because of increased competition in the retail food market, with nearly 30 Dollar General stores selling grocery items within Blount County. “With Walmart having half […]

Scarecrow garden

The Amaryllis Garden Club has once again decorated the corner near the gazebo with scarecrows designed and installed by club members. Some are cute, like this War Eagle pumpkin farmer, and some are… *ahem* Halloween themed. Get outside and enjoy the cooler temperatures and take a stroll downtown to check out all the beautiful sights of fall.


BLOUNT COUNTY FLU DRIVE will be today, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center.There is no charge for Medicare, Medicaid, or BCBS patients.Those with other insurance or without insurance pay $5.Hepatitis A vaccine will also be available for adults in high risk categories. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 17, […]

Free to a good home

Well, I am sure you all know that nothing in life is truly free, but I can tell you what is worth every penny: adopting a pet. For those interested, you are in luck! We have a wonderful facility in Blount County called the Animal Adoption Center. Located on County Highway 1 close to the Cleveland town limits, the center […]


County Agent’s Corner

Squashmatoes? This is a new one on me. Take a look at the pictures at right. These tomatoes certainly look like they crossed with a squash or pumpkin, or something from the cucurbit family. Of course we all know that isn’t possible. It could be that it is close to Halloween and a full moon, so maybe a toad or […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 14, 1981

Building inspector initiates request, pays fee, commission told According to information revealed at a called meeting of Oneonta Planning Commission Monday evening, Oneonta building inspector Willard Arnold asked Alabama Power Company to request rezoning before the planning commission and then paid the fee for the Alabama Power request after the company refused to do so on the basis that it […]