From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 24, 1980

Hayden High’s new library completed

Students at Hayden High have waited a long time for their new library to be completed. This week, librarian Vicki Mayes and all her aides have been moving the books from the old library to the new one. The old auditorium was reconstructed to form the new library.

Growing business in Blount County

“A front-porch atmosphere” is what Brenda Hill calls it, referring to Blackwood Crossing Plants and Antiques. “Folks often come here on a Sunday afternoon just to sit in the swing, enjoy the breeze, and visit,” she said.

Brenda and her husband, Doug, recently expanded the offerings of their antique shop to include a greenhouse sharing their love of plants with Cleveland and Blount County.

The porch is adorned with hanging baskets, house plants, and cactus plants, providing a relaxing place to exchange ideas on the care and use of plants. Such exchange has become a favorite pastime and important issue for Brenda and her husband Doug.

Brenda and Doug wish to thank all the people of Blount County, who, they say, have made their business what it is today.

Students rehearse

OHS is a very busy place. Students are running here and there in various directions. More than 60 students are involved in “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which is less than two weeks away. Rehearsals begin at 7 a.m. and continue after school and into the night as students apply initiative, talent, and hard work to ready for the Broadway musical.

Writer wins award

Brenda M. Carr received a first place writing award for 1979 from the Alabama Press Association at the group’s annual convention. Carr’s winning feature entitled, “Indians, slaves, saltpeter shape farm’s history,” was written about Lee and Edna Oliver’s farm in the Clear Springs community. The Democrat writer previously won two other awards in 1976 and 1978.