From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 5, 1981

Live music banned

Councilman Carey Heptinstall followed acting mayor Jean Arnold’s suggestion Monday night and moved that live music be banned in the Blountsville recreational center. Following a brief discussion about the center’s proximity to other buildings, the council approved the motion unanimously.

Heptinstall’s motion came in the middle of the council’s business session, which followed a lengthy discussion on improving the town’s recreational program.

Merchandise recovered

A call from a neighbor enabled Oneonta policemen to recover $4,625.10 in cameras, guns, and ammunition about 25 minutes after they were stolen from Walmart Sunday night.

Randy Neal Witt of Oneonta route four has been arrested and charged with burglary.

Police received the call at 9:39 reporting a suspicious truck in the Walmart parking lot. The intruder apparently smashed a glass door opening into the garden shop and entered the main building from that room.

Witt was picked up by policemen Roger L. Thomas, Lonnie Staton, Steve Bailey, and Lieutenant Monroe Ratchford about 25 minutes after the call. All the stolen merchandise was recovered.

Chief Fortenberry said Witt has been charged with burglarizing the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Elgin on Straight Mountain. Policemen recovered Monday morning items taken in that recent burglary.

While on routine patrol Friday morning at 2:10, policeman Rickey Stanley and auxiliary policeman Roy Blackwood spotted windows broken at Harvey Tire Company. They found an employee, Philip Dale Sloan, 19, of Oneonta route two, behind the building. He was arrested and charged with burglary.

Locust Fork news

Hazelrig ‘a favorite citizen’ – A special thank you to Junior Hazelrig who brought his equipment and employees and cleaned up the swamp between the school and Highway 79. The work improved both the view of the school and the city, and we are pleased to recognize Junior as a favorite citizen.

-Evangeline Blackwood