From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 19, 1981

Music fills the air

Band and choral students from Pennington, Cleveland, Susan Moore, Locust Fork, Hayden, and Oneonta high schools entertained their listeners Saturday night at the fourth annual All-County Band and Choral Festival. The audience enjoyed rousing band music directed by Rip Reagan and varied choral pieces directed by Dr. Frances Moss. The band was composed of 97 musicians.

Skating rink now licensed

Doris and James Horsley were granted a business license to operate a skating rink in Blountsville at the town council meeting March 16. Mayor Jean Arnold wished the Horsleys success and expressed the hope that the place would be kept decent. Horsely said it would and Mrs. Horsely asked the council’s definition of decent. Paul Dial replied it meant no drunks or drinking. Mrs. Horsley said they had tried to keep their premises clean and suggested the council might direct its attention to the ball park.

She sent her son out to bring in “something” to show the council. It turned out to be a large plastic bag full of beer cans and a half bag of beer bottles. The boy collects cans for recycling and had picked up the cans and bottles at the ball park that afternoon, Mrs. Horsely said.

Mayor Arnold said the Horsleys were on the agenda only for the question of licensing and no further discussion was given on the litter.

Manor family night helps heart fund

Throwing Jell-O, listening to music, and laughing at clowns were among the entertaining activities at the Family Night held at Oneonta Manor Nursing home. All proceeds went to the American Heart Association in the name of Oneonta Manor residents.

Sheila McAnnally, social work designee of Oneonta Manor; Gwen Hawkins, dietary supervisor; and Elnor Hatley, activity director, had Jell-O hurled at their faces by those making a small donation. David Bishop was also willing to have Jell-O thrown in his face.