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May 16 was a life-changing day for one West End High School sophomore who lives in Altoona. Mylan Self, a 16-year-old at the time, was vacationing at the beach and swimming in the gulf when he got caught in a riptide. Before the currents were through with him, he was held underwater for at least five minutes and his body […]

Capital improvements ongoing

Oneonta City Board of Education

With several capital improvement projects ongoing and evolving back to school procedures, the Oneonta City Board of Education continues to meet as needed. On July 21, the board held a special called meeting and work session. During the brief meeting, the board approved superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendation regarding additional cost to the football field renovation due to drainage and soil […]

Recipe Corner

Zucchini Tomato Bake 3 medium zucchini, chopped1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved2 cloves garlic, mincedExtra-virgin olive oil for drizzlingSalt and pepper1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Transfer vegetables to a […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 27, 1933

A rogue’s name lives Hundreds of thousands of stately derricks dot the many oil fields of the world, and many other thousands of smaller hoisting devices also bear the name of “derrick.” How this name came to be applied to various forms of lifting apparatus is interesting, for it confers a sort of immortality upon a rascal who became a […]

Howard Clayton Amason

HOWARD CLAYTON AMASON, 85, Oneonta, passed away July 24, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. Howard was born July 17, 1935, to Cecil and Lucille Amason in Birmingham. He grew up in Republic and joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Korean Conflict War from 1952 -1956. After leaving the Navy, he served at the U.S. Postal Service […]

Edward Wade Bartee

EDWARD WADE BARTEE, 65, Oneonta, died July 23, 2020. A celebration of life service will be held Aug. 1, at 3 p.m, at the Chapel of Lemley Funeral Home.

Sharon Espinosa

SHARON ESPINOSA, 49, Blountsville, died July 19, 2020. She was a loving wife and enjoyed taking care of those in need. Surviving are husband of 27 years Anselmo Espinosa; stepsons Victor Espinosa, Jose Luis Espinosa, Martin Ulises Espinosa; parents David and Sue Rhodes Sanders; siblings Joey and Annita Sanders, Linda Sanders, Danny and Vicky Sanders, Tessy and Genaro Moctezuma, Anna […]

Barbara Fowler Green

BARBARA FOWLER GREEN, 82, Oneonta, died July 19, 2020. She was a retired registered nurse and was of the Baptist faith. Predeceasing her were parents Earley “Polly” Sr. and Ila Stisher Fowler and siblings Earley Fowler Jr., Wayne “Polly” Fowler, and Betty Herring. Surviving are husband of 58 years James Wesley Green; children Beth (Raymond) Adams, Beverly (Jeff) Masters, Michael […]

Cahrles King

CHARLES KING After a life well lived, Charles Elwyn “Ebb” King, peacefully passed away July 21, 2020, at his home on Berry Mountain near Oneonta. He was 81 years of age. Charles was born in Blount County on Sept. 8, 1938, to the late James Nathaniel and Edna Camille Ritchie King. He was a 1956 graduate of Cleveland High School […]

Margie Ann Self

MARGIE ANN SELF, 80, Cullman, died July 19, 2020, at Cullman Health Care Center. She worked in the mental health field and enjoyed writing songs and poems and flower gardening. Predeceasing her were parents George E. Self and Ollie B. Nash and father of her children Dean Maynor. Surviving are children Patricia (Stuart) Barrett, Keith (Jackie) Maynor, Arlene Maynor; grandchildren […]


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