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The Southern Democrat, February 15, 1951

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Shelby is one of our greatest senators

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A few weeks back my column illuminated the career and influence attained by our senior U.S. Senator, Richard Shelby. In the column and in my book, “Six Decades of Alabama Political Stories,” I reference the fact that our current senior senator will be regarded as one of Alabama’s greatest U.S. Senators. I consider Lister Hill, John Sparkman, and Richard Shelby […]

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The Southern Democrat, February 9, 1933

Child Badly Burned The little seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eppison, Jr., was severely burned at their home on route 3, Oneonta last Thursday morning. It seems the child was sitting in front of an open fireplace when its clothing caught on fire. It had its back toward the fire and the blaze ran up its back burning […]

Historic year on tap for Alabama

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This year may very well be the year of the woman in Alabama politics. In Alabama’s 200-year history, only one woman has been elected governor – Lurleen Wallace, in 1966. Only two women have served as governor, Lurleen Wallace and current governor, Kay Ivey. It may be a historic year. Sue Bell Cobb, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme […]

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The Blount Countian, January 30, 2013

Alabama 160 project put on indefinite hold, Standridge says The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has told county officials that the Ala 160 five-laning project has been delayed indefinitely. The information was relayed to county representatives by ALDOT director John R. Cooper in a meeting on Jan. 9, according to state Rep. David Standridge, who was present along with state […]

Lessons from 2017

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As the 2018 state elections loom, let’s take one last look at the 2017 special election to fill the remaining three years of Jeff Sessions’ six-year term which, by the way, comes up in two years in 2020. It is assumed by most astute political observers that the winner, Democrat Doug Jones, cannot win election to a full term in […]

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The Southern Democrat, January 22, 1986

Bottom Line – Oneonta ends fiscal year with deficit The City of Oneonta ended fiscal year ’85 with its general fund in the red and members of the council are predicting the financial crunch will worsen next fiscal year with the anticipated loss of more than $100,000 in revenue sharing funds. The council was presented the ’85 audit at the […]

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The Blount Countian, January 19, 2005

Oneonta authorizes mayor to buy Wrangler plant Praising the work of local chamber of commerce president Charles Carr and Vanity Fair (VF) officials, Mayor Danny Hicks advised the Oneonta City Council of purchase plans for the former Wrangler – Blue Bell plant. During extended negotiations, North Carolina company officials reduced their original million dollar asking price to an agreed upon […]

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The Southern Democrat, January 13, 1966

O’Shields to coach Redskins Supt. H.L. Street announces that Hugh O’Shields of Cleveland will succeed Bill Hawkins as Redskins coach. Having coached at Cleveland High School for the past 15 years, O’Shields will continue classroom duties there until the end of this school year but will be here for spring football training. Supt. Street states, “We are fortunate to secure […]


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