2021-10-20 E-Edition

OBA awards 2021

Oneonta Business Association presented its annual awards to businesses and community members who have made a significant impact within the city over the past year. Thirty-six entities were nominated and the top three nominees in each category were asked to provide information about themselves, as well as supporting documentation. The information was then transmitted to judges in the Mobile Bay […]

Woodland Park reopens with new playground equipment

Oneonta’s Woodland Park seemed to come alive over the weekend as more and more families discovered the renewed space. New playground equipment was recently installed, the trails were cleared up, and a basketball court was added. There’s also the addition of the dog park. City officials continue to invest in park and recreational facilities with work currently underway on the […]

La Sena’s story

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai The tears streamed down her face as she shared the horrors she lived through. La Sena Elrod pushed through the pain, though, determined to share her story on Misty Chaviers’ “I’m a Survivor” podcast. She was 18 when she left home, got married six weeks later, […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m., at Jefferson’s in Albertville, for election of new officers and BC/BS rep. 2 FEET 4 PAWS 5K and Fun Run will be Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8 a.m., at The Gym (Ala 75 across from Oneonta City Schools). Cost is $35 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile […]

Between the Lines

It’s finally here. Autumn is by far my most favorite time of the year. The cooler weather (when it gets here), football, the holidays, and the dry leaves scooting across the sidewalk in the breeze… I love every minute of it! We are entering the time of year historically known as harvest season. Generations before us spent weeks gathering their […]

Out and About

The great race

“Paddle on, Salli! You can do it. You are on a great pace to beat the record.” The words of encouragement came from the direction of a faint light seemingly in the middle of nowhere. I know Salli smiled big when she heard people yelling her name from the bank of the river. Periodically cheers were heard day and night […]

Ladies and germs

Sean of the South

I’m at the bank. I’m standing in a line that is one hundred miles long. I’m in the rear. The line is not moving. I would rather have open heart surgery administered by Howdy Doody than to wait in line. Through the doors, I see a woman, walking across the parking lot. I’m trotting toward the door to open it […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 20, 1966

From other pressesReporter needs a hard nose What makes good reporters so hard-nosed about open meetings? Few sights are more distressing to public officials than the reporter who comes into a public meeting, takes out pad and pencil, and takes voluminous notes – particularly notes about “controversial” matters. If the discussion gets particularly hot and heavy, the chairman may exercise […]

Cooking for a cause

If you attended the Covered Bridge Festival in downtown Oneonta Oct. 9, you may have noticed a new addition to the festival this year, the 2021 Rib Rally. The mouth-watering smell of BBQ smoke hung in the air near the music stage as cook teams from across the area stood watch over their grills. There was plenty of good-natured competition […]