2022-03-30 E-Edition

2022 Chamber award winners

Last night, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce celebrated the people, businesses, and organizations that make this county such a special place to live. While the chamber has recognized and honored its annual award recipients in 2020 and 2021, they’ve not been able to celebrate in person since 2019. The evening also gave the chamber an opportunity to celebrate soon-to-be-retired Barbara […]

‘Everyday heroes’ celebrated during Social Work Month

There is no question that Blount County is home to many everyday heroes. Among these selfless men and women are the social workers of the Blount County Department of Human Resources, who work tirelessly to support and protect children and families throughout the community. In commemoration of Social Work Month, the board of Blount County DHR and community partners hosted […]


SEVENTH ANNUAL E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM has been rescheduled for tomorrow, March 31.Actress and storyteller Dolores Hydock will present “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” at 1:15 p.m. and “Pedaling Hard on the Cycle of Life” at 6 p.m. at the Community Arts Council Center located at 6801 Second Avenue West, Oneonta. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER […]

Reader Writes

Dear Editor, On March 12, 2022, AL.com ran an article entitled, “An Alabama town’s ban on small homes irks some Blount County residents.” That town was Highland Lake where I have been a resident for almost 25 years. During this time, I have witnessed a town council who much of the time has been more concerned about themselves over what […]

Lake Martin

Sean of the South

I have here a letter from Marcus, who is getting married this Friday. “I’m so nervous,” writes Marcus. “I’m thinking of calling the wedding off because I’m that scared. What should I do? I mean, I love her. But what am I doing? Am I ready for this? Should I get married?” Dear Marcus: My wife and I have been […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 27, 1980

Letter a hoax A letter to the editor published in The Democrat two weeks ago has turned out to be a hoax. The letter claims to be written by a Blountsville native named Roy Nations who is in a Georgia prison, is lonely, and wishes to correspond with someone in this area. The letter claims Nations was born in the […]

Plans for new retail space moving forward

Town of Blountsville

Blountsville Town Council met March 21. As in the past several meetings, the council’s economic development initiatives were at the top of the agenda. In last week’s meeting, the mayor and council adopted Resolution 20220321-R which lays the ground work for its agreement with Delaney Property Group, LLC regarding the redevelopment of property located at 69225 U.S. Highway 231 in […]

Be Healthy School Grant Program deadline is April 8

BIRMINGHAM, AL – In our ongoing commitment to help prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is proud to continue its Be Healthy School Grant Program. For the 2022 -2023 school year, Blue Cross will make available $250,000 and award grants up to $10,000 to 25 schools across the state that enroll students in K through eighth […]

Get a Permit Before You Burn

Spring is here and so is outdoor burning season in Alabama. State law requires that you obtain a permit from the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) before you burn any woodland, grassland, field, or new ground that is over one-quarter acre in size or lies within 25 feet of natural fuels, such as woods or grass. Obtaining a burn permit allows […]