2022-04-06 E-Edition

From Hayden to Oz

Wildcat Stage Productions presents “The Magical Land of Oz” this week marking Hayden High School’s first ever musical. Under the direction of Ke’eta Porterfield, the cast of students takes you on a whirlwind adventure from the plains of Kansas to the merry old land of Oz. Join Dorothy (Ava Bailey), the Scarecrow (Janey Pruett), Tin Man (Stone Weathers), the Cowardly […]

Hutchinson honored

Surrounded by her daughters and a room full of “Buddy’s brothers,” Sherry Hutchinson (pictured below) stood solemnly as Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall honored the lasting legacy of her husband Buddy Hutchinson. Buddy passed away last August after a short battle with COVID. Although he had twice retired from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, he continued to serve his county […]

Locust Fork softball field named for Armstrong

A special resolution was presented to Gregg Armstrong (pictured above with board members) in the Monday afternoon Blount County Board of Education meeting, naming the Locust Fork High School softball field after him. Community members, coaches, school administrators, and board members all took time to speak on the positive impact Armstrong has had not only in his community, but the […]

Fire on the mountain

As high winds and storms barreled across the state and into Blount County last Wednesday night, they created havoc for many. Storm shelters were opened. Some residents chose to leave their homes until the storms had blown over, while others simply prayed that the county would be spared any major damage. Despite all efforts to remain safe, Oneonta Fire and […]


CITY OF ONEONTA EASTER EVENTS The City of Oneonta will host an Easter egg drop and sensory-friendly Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 9, at 4 p.m., at the Oneonta Rec Park. Food trucks will be set up at 3:30 p.m. The egg drop, featuring 3,000 candy-filled and prize eggs, will be on the large baseball field and the sensory friendly […]

What to read this month

“I love you like yellow. I love you like green. Like flowery orchid and sweet tangerine…” Love comes in many forms, and sometimes it’s the simplest of moments that remind us. I Love You Like Yellow shows all the little ways parents and children share their love for each other in this adorable picture book written by Andrea Beaty and […]

Distracted walking

Sean of the South

How I ended up walking into a sliding glass door in a supermarket is pretty simple. I got a text from my wife. I looked at my phone to read the message and, WHAM! Goodbye nasal cartilage. I’m not surprised this happened, inasmuch as whenever I am at the supermarket I receive a lot of texts from my wife. My […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, April 2, 1925

Editorial by F.G. Stephens All the good things are not located in one community. We may not have the rich farm lands here in Blount that they have in the Black Belt, but we have the minerals in our mountains that they have not. We may not have the climate to grow the Satsuma orange that they have in Baldwin, […]


In last week’s Appalachian baseball coverage, the team was incorrectly classified; they are a 1A school. Brandon Atkinson’s name was also incorrect in the article.