2020-09-09 E-Edition

Coming to America

I have often heard the phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Indeed there is some truth to that phrase, but for Oneonta business owner Thuha Le, it definitely signifies the struggles she has faced as she focused on becoming an American citizen. As the youngest of 10 children, Le was born in Vietnam in 1971 as the Vietnam […]

Battling an epidemic

Continuing with our series on the drug epidemic, today’s article will focus on common reasons people turn to drugs and highlight two agencies that offer substance abuse assistance in Blount County. Remember, no one sets out to become a drug addict, but because of loose regulations, easy access, self-medication, lack of appropriate coping skills, and other reasons, many people find […]

Saga continues

A police officer’s messy divorce has created a vortex that has swept up two Blount County commissioners in a storm that includes a recording with a racist slur along with many sexist and misogynistic remarks, and threatens to jeopardize a nearly half-million dollar yearly contract between the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and the Birmingham Water Works Board. The recording was […]


LOCUST FORK HIGH AND ELEMENTARY are closed for in-peson classes through Monday, Sept. 14, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Classes will continue through remote learning. Students should complete all assignments through the Schoology platform. Faculty and staff will report during normal school hours to support parents and students while at home. BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will […]

New assistance for Alabama agriculture through AASP

County Agent’s Corner

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently allocated $26 million to assist Alabama agricultural producers and processors affected by COVID-19. Through the Alabama Agricultural Stabilization Program (AASP), eligible farmers can apply for this assistance. Funds for the AASP were allocated from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). In total, Alabama received approximately $1.9 billion through the CARES Act, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 6, 1934

War unlikely now Disturbing as recent events in Germany and Austria have been, it appears that there is little likelihood of another European war in the near future. Having passed through the unrest incident to Hitler’s killing of alleged traitors among his own following, the assassination of Chancellor Dollfus of Austria, and the apprehension occasioned by the death of Hindenburg, […]


In the Sept. 2 issue, a letter attributed to Robert Sweatman was actually written by Robert Sweatman II.

Susan Moore slams Carbon Hill

After a week off, the Susan Moore Bulldogs were ready to hit the field Friday night at Carbon Hill. They scored early and often as they came out with their first win of the season, 43-7. Zach Smith got things started for the Bulldogs with his 2-yard push into the end zone at the 8:35 mark in the first quarter. […]

Redskins fall to Blue Devils

Oneonta’s season opener began uneventfully. A Redskin fumble recovered by the Blue Devils that led to a Blue Devil fumble recovered by the Redskins and an attempted Blue Devil field goal were the highlights of the first quarter. The second quarter was more of the same. Etowah mounted an impressive drive that ended with a Hail Mary swatted down by […]