From the Archives

The Southern Democrat July 18, 1935

Federal Road Money Ready

Alabama Tuesday became the first state in the nation to obtain final approval on definite highway construction plans under the president’s $4,000,000,000 work relief program as road and grade crossing projects costing $2,232,400 were okehed for immediate start of work.

…Blount County projects approved Tuesday will cost $115,000. Of this amount $35,000 will be used for grading and temporary surfacing a road between Walnut Grove and a point on the Oneonta-Douglas highway near Holme’s store. Twenty-five thousand dollars is to be used for bridge construction. Just where this is to be spent we were unable to learn. Child Injured By Car

The little five-year-old daughter of Mrs. Edna Avery, of Birmingham, visitors of Mrs. Charlie Copeland of this city, was painfully injured Monday afternoon about 3:00 o’clock when, in an attempt to cross a down town street she stepped into the path of an approaching automobile driven by Miss Claudius Peal, disbursing officer for the local Federal Relief Adm.

The child was given emergency treatment here and then rushed to a Birmingham hospital where examination revealed a broken arm. Lightning Strikes Barn

A barn belonging to G.W. Marsh, of near Hayden, quickly burned after being struck by lightning about 3:00 o’clock last Saturday afternoon. One horse was killed and a quantity of corn and fodder was destroyed. Two mules were barely saved from the flames.

It is said by spectators that the barn was on fire all over at once. Commission Form Of Government Defeated

By a vote of 252 to 130 the town of Oneonta Tuesday rejected a commission form of government.

Several weeks ago some of the citizens of Oneonta conceived the idea that a change in the form of city government was desirable. A petition was circulated, asking for a change from aldermatic to the commission form. The necessary number of names were secured and the election was called. A spirited fight developed which resulted in a victory for the present set up.