Four days a week


The Oneonta City Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon. As the system approaches the end of its first nine-week grading period, the board discussed transitioning from the current hybrid plan to a traditional learning plan. In his remarks to the board, faculty, and parents present at the meeting, superintendent Daniel Smith said, “I feel like […]

County Commission Budget

“The process of negotiating, preparing, and finally adopting a county budget is one of the most challenging responsibilities of the Blount County Commission,” said commission chairman Chris Green in his remarks upon the passage of the budget. After weeks of discussion, the commission passed the fiscal year 2021 budget last Thursday . Revenue for FY2021 is projected to be $21,426,646. […]

Recipe Corner

Blonde Pecan Brownies 1 cup chopped pecans½ cup butter, melted3 large eggs1 box yellow cake mix1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened1 (16 oz.) box powdered sugar Combine pecans, butter, 1 egg, and cake mix, stirring until well blended. Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Set aside. Combine remaining 2 eggs, cream cheese, and powdered sugar in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 30, 1965

Our first editor As a fitting climax to this year’s celebration of the Democrat’s 70th anniversary last October, a handsome oil painting of its founder, the late Forney Gilmore Stephens, has been hung in the office of the building he so proudly erected for his paper. Painstakingly created by Mrs. Louise Cone, well-known Birmingham artist, the painting is a striking […]

Redskins best Bulldogs


The rivalry that began in 1932 (according to AHSFHS.org) now stands at 54-21-4 in Oneonta’s favor as the Redskins dominated the Bulldogs 40-14 in front of a packed house Friday night. Susan Moore’s opening possession ended in an interception by Oneonta’s Riley McGill. The Redskins put points on the board first on a Damarian “Fluff” Bothwell 8-yard touchdown run with […]

Hornets come back strong


After weeks of dealing with COVID-19, quarantine, no workouts, and no practice, the Locust Fork Hornets showed up at Hanceville Friday night ready for some football. The Hornets were firing on all cylinders coming away with a 38-7 win over the Bulldogs. Johnathan Burgett got the scoring started with 4:26 remaining in the first quarter. An unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt […]

Warriors struck by Lightning


The Lighthouse Warriors lost 49-34 to Evangel Christian Lightning Friday night. Evangel is ranked No. 1 in the 8-Man Alabama Christian League. The 34 points recorded by the Warrior offense are the most points scored against the Lightning this season. The Warriors came out strong in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown on their first offensive drive while their defense […]

County runners do well at Kudzu Invitational


Several Blount County cross country teams participated in the Kudzu Invitational held at Cold Springs High School last Saturday. Placing in the top 15 and earning medals for 3A-4A were J.B. Pennington’s Paul Gonzalez (fourth), Autumn Sansing (ninth), and Jaxson Branham (13th) . Top 15 finishers for 1A-2A were Makayla Harris (third), Tori Lind (ninth), and Micah Olberding (12th) from […]

COUNTY STATS

Wildcats wallop Warriors


The Hayden Wildcats stepped out of region play Friday night as they traveled to take on the West Point Warriors. Behind the five touchdowns by Carson Rickels, Hayden came away with a 43-35 win. On the first play from scrimmage, Silas Miller hit Collin Chappell for 66 yards to get on the scoreboard. Jacob Dowd hit the point after, and […]