From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 27, 1969

School site obtained

Oneonta’s board of education has concluded an agreement with N.M. Galbreath for the purchase of a 12-grade campus site of approximately 80 acres. The land is located on the west side of Ala 75 just below the intersection with the old highway. Included in the agreement is a gift of 10 acres from Mr. Galbreath which includes a natural amphitheater for development as a stadium site.

According to the board, the land will provide for expected growth over the next 20 to 30 years. Present school property will be sold as it becomes no longer needed when construction begins on the new campus.

Blountsville group planning celebration

Blountsville Mayor Charlie Harris announces plans for the town’s forthcoming quincentennial celebration. He is serving with John Pate, president of Blountsville Lions Club, as co-chairman of the town’s celebration.

During a meeting March 19, the two evidenced pride in the facts that Blountsville was organized in 1818 and that many of its leading pioneers were active in securing statehood for Alabama a year later. The group discussed the possibility of using a replica of Bear Meat Cabin to display old records, pictures, furniture, and Indian artifacts. They tentatively planned for such sesquicentennial events as a Fourth of July celebration, games for young people, a barbecue, fireworks depicting historical episodes, a circus, a sacred harp singing, the Avenue of Flags, visits to historical sites, a pilgrimage to the county’s covered bridges, and promotion of programs on heritage in schools and churches in the area.

214 businesses in Blount County

There is a total of 214 businesses in Blount County, according to statistics released by James H. Burnaw, district manager of the Birmingham office of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. This total is based on a physical count of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in the January 1969 edition of the Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book.