2019-10-30 E-Edition

Regionals end of the road

Volleyball season came to a close last week for Blount County’s teams. The Lady Bulldogs, the 3A Area 12 champions, headed to Huntsville for the 3A North Super Regional where they took on Vinemont in round one. After dropping the first game, they came back to win the match 3-1. Next they faced Carbon Hill in the second round coming […]

Board approves routine items as discontent stirs over report cards

Blount County Board of Education

District 3 (Susan Moore) board member Philip Cleveland apologized to the full board at its special meeting Thursday concerning the 2018-2019 state report card results of Susan Moore High School. The school scored a C (78) for the year, the only school in the county system to score below a B.The school has improved by one point each year for the […]

Hayden PD: one year later

It’s been more than a year since the town council of Hayden voted to start a police department and hired James Chapman (pictured above) as chief. Running a police department was nothing new for Chapman. He had been chief of Oneonta Police Department for 19 years before retiring in 2016. Building one from scratch, though, is a situation that might […]

Weekend accident claims three lives

A head-on crash involving two vehicles claimed the lives of three people early Sunday morning. The 12:10 a.m. accident occurred on Ala 132 approximately two miles south of Altoona. According to the State Troopers report, Michael Anthony Bryant, 46, of Oneonta, was killed when the 2006 Ford 500 he was driving crossed the centerline and hit a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Oct. 31: Drop off your child’s favorite stuffed animal for the third annual Sleeps & Treats.There will be a Halloween story hour at 4:30 p.m. Toys and treats will be available for pickup Friday, Nov.1, after noon. Saurday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.: Minecraft Mayhem will make a working mine cart or design a train station. Winners […]

Roger’s Ramblings

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine, American Crisis, 1776 Thomas Paine could literally move people to action with only quill and […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 30, 1952

Quill notes from the the old ink well: Halloween “Where the bee sucks there suck I; In a cowslip’s bell I lie; There I couch when owls do cry. On the bat’s back I do fly.” Halloween! A time for gaiety, pranks, and goblins! A time to play spooks, haints, and ghosts! Beware of black cats, jack-o-lanterns, and witches riding […]

Local students bring home ribbons in Premier Exhibitor contest during Alabama National Fair

Recipe Corner

Chicken Taco Soup 3 to 4 cups shredded chicken1 large finely chopped onion2 packages ranch dressing mix2 packages taco seasoning mix1 large can Rotel1 large can diced tomatoes1 can pinto beans1 can northern beans1 can light kidney beans2 cans white shoepeg corn Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer for one hour. Serve with shredded cheese, sour […]