Blount EMS receives national accreditation


Last week, NorthStar EMS was awarded another national accreditation. This one is from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. The most recent accreditation includes Blount EMS, a subsidiary of NEMS. NorthStar EMS is the first ambulance service in the state to earn both the CAAS and ACE (Accredited Center of Excellence) accreditations by the International Academies of Emergency Medical […]

Activity coordination discussed

Town of Snead

Teresa Thomas came before the Snead Town Council last week to volunteer her services to plan upcoming activities and events for the new year. Thomas reminded the council that she had planned and assisted in previous events in the park as well as other activities. On a motion by Mayor Tim Kent, the council agreed to allow Thomas to “plan, […]

Horizon expands


Horizon Medical Pediatrics celebrated their fourth anniversary by moving into a new state-of-the-art office space nearly three times the size of their previous office. Now at 2345 Second Avenue East, Suite B, in Oneonta, they are located right next to Walmart’s garden center. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

Highland Lake road plan


In 2019, the Blount County Commission informed the Town of Highland Lake that it would no longer maintain the town’s 15 miles of road. Since that time, the town established a five-year road maintenance plan with one phase of that plan starting in October 2020. Former mayor Gail Bailey chairs the Highland Lake road committee and provided an update to […]

Blount County Schools achieves $1 million in energy savings

Blount County Board of Education

Sustainability and energy conservation are in the forefront of every educational institution’s plans. Blount County Schools are no exception. During the regular meeting of the Blount County Board of Education Monday, representatives of Schneider Electric were on hand to recognize the school system for reaching a major milestone in their efforts of reducing energy costs. Since partnering with Schneider Electric […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 5, 1931

How to have good gardens by A.H. Barnett, County Agent, and Julian Brown, AU Specialist The past year has revealed many important facts relative to our home garden work. There are several groups of farmers to be considered. Some do not avail themselves of the opportunity to have a home garden; others plant only at certain seasons when only the […]

Oneonta 10U girls win district championship


The Oneonta Net Rippers, coached by Josh Killough and Marcus Tuck, are headed to state. The Lady Net Rippers outscored their opponents 69-29 at last weekend’s 10U District 4 tournament. They knocked off Pell City first winning 31-12. The Lady Net Rippers then took on the Gadsden City Lady Titans in the championship game. Oneonta took care of business with […]

Perkins, Cervantes lead nation

High School Soccer

Oneonta Varsity boys The Redskins bounced back from a 0-2 loss to Cullman beating St. Clair County 10-0 at home Feb. 23. The win puts them at 1-0 in 4A-5A Area 11 play. On Thursday, the Redskins faced the Glencoe Yellow Jackets. Isaac McMinn got the start in the net with the Redskins recording their second straight shut out in […]

Scores & Games

Lady Redskins score early in win over Lady Hornets

High School Softball

The Lady Redskins and Lady Hornets met for the second time in less than a week on Thursday, Feb. 25. Scoring four runs in the first inning, the Lady Redskins added two more in the third and one in the sixth for a 7-1 victory. Kylie Wilson’s single scored the first run; Emma Jo Devaney’s single sent Wilson home; and […]