Mayor thankful for community support and cooperation

Town of Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting on May 14. The short meeting was open to the public via a live feed through the town’s Facebook page. Mayor Jerry Jones informed the council and those watching that, despite the shutdown and curtailment of business over the last few weeks, the town is still in good financial shape […]

Additional activities permitted by amended Safer at Home order

Last Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the latest iteration of the state’s Safer-at-Home order while repeatedly stressing personal responsibility by the public, business owners/operators, coaches, and spiritual leaders. The updated order loosens more restrictions for the public and allows more businesses, but not all, to move towards pre-pandemic operations — with mandated guidelines and restrictions. “Today is the next step […]

Blount County Honor Flight postponed

The Honor Flight Network has postponed the fall flight that was planned to take veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to Washington, D.C. According to Amy Rhudy, curator of the Blount County Memorial Museum, the national organization that oversees such flights made the decision due to the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

Kindness Rocks

When St. Vincent’s Blount administrator Greg Brown approached nurse Valerie Stone about doing a Kindness Rocks project for the hospital, little did she imagine just how successful it would turn out. She began researching online and came across a website, Soon, the vision turned into a reality. Initially the idea was to have students paint rocks for the Kindness […]

NO PARKING at Swann Covered Bridge

Dear Editor, “NO PARKING” signs are posted at Swann Covered Bridge! This seems to be the result of abusing the privilege of using the adjacent land for swimming, fishing, picnicking, etc., but not following unwritten rules like taking your trash with you, no loitering, and parking inappropriately. We are going to lose the privilege of recreating on the adjacent property […]


In the May 20 article “Chamber awards – part two,” the name of Legends owner Janine Bond was misspelled.

Roger’s Ramblings

Rural broadband

There was a lot of gnashing of teeth going on a few weeks ago when it became known that the state legislature’s wish list for spending the estimated $1.7 billion from the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) included building a new state house for $200 million. Gnashing of teeth did not leap to my […]


County Agent’s Corner

Q: Every summer I notice those pretty orange flowers blooming en masse along the highway. What are they? Do they only come in one color? Will they grow in my yard? I am new to gardening and need all the helpful information I can get. A: You have just mentioned one of my favorite, easy-to-grow, tough-as-nails plants – the daylily. […]

Recipe Corner

Southern Hush Puppies 2 cups self-rising cornmeal1 cup self-rising flour1/2 tsp. salt3 Tbsp. sugar3 large eggs, lightly beaten1/2 cup milk1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded2 jalapeno peppers, seeded andchopped1 (17 oz.) can cream-style corn1 large onion, chopped Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine eggs and milk; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in cheese, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 25, 1961

C of C members number 100 The Oneonta Chamber of Commerce membership roster today reached 100. Two new members reported are Frachiseur Texaco Service Station and ‘Round-the-Clock Restaurant. Continuing members are Bagett Transportation Co., Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brice, Brown Furniture Co., Clark’s Quality Cleaners & Laundry, Cornelius Food Center, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Glasscock, Gulf Oil Corporation, L.A. Hood […]