From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 6, 1974

Board requests school evaluation for accreditation

“This is what we’re all about – educating these children,” Superintendent Donald Standridge told Blount County Board of Education after it passed a resolution requesting that elementary-school administrators and teachers undertake self-study and evaluation necessary to earn accreditation by Alabama State Department of Education. “Buildings are important. We want our children to have good ones. But their learning is the main thing.”

Blount feels strike’s effects

In recent days Blount Countians have begun to feel the pinch of the truckers’ strike which has been plaguing different parts of the nation. County-based industries, gasoline distributors, and grocery store managers were contacted to find the problems they were facing because of the strike.

Buddy Glover, manager of the Oneonta Piggly Wiggly, said he received his Monday food deliveries. He continued, “A lot of Piggly Wiggly stores did not get their orders. There were, I believe, 18 trucks turned back.”

New stores opening

Two more stores are opening in downtown Oneonta this week. Mitchells of Oneonta, Inc., is a factory outlet that features suits, slacks, and sport coats for men. Located temporarily on First Avenue next to Harvey’s fabrics, the store will be operated by Jim Mitchell. The architect is now working on plans for the store’s permanent building to be constructed across the street. This will be the first building on main street to be built to have doors facing both First Avenue and the area where railroad tracks are to be removed. The building is being designed for future construction of a second story.

Also new in Oneonta is The Lucky Bargain Store, opening across the street from the courthouse on Second Avenue in the building formerly occupied by Shirley’s Dress Shop, which has moved to main street. Lamar Vice, owner, says his new store will deal in factory outlet and bankrupt sale merchandise, all new.