Aftermath of a copper heist

Thieves destroyed five of six air conditioning units last Friday night or early Saturday morning at Pleasant Mount Baptist Church on Pine Mountain. Stripped of copper wiring and components, units were damaged beyond repair, with replacement value estimated at nearly $30,000. The church’s air-conditioning contractor estimated the resale value of the stolen copper wiring and parts at $400 to $500. […]

St. Vincent’s to present chamber program

Update from the chamber of commerce

Neeysa Biddle, interim CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Systems, and Sean Tinney, chief operating officer of St. Vincent Blount, will be the featured speakers at the upcoming coffee scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be sponsored by St. Vincent’s Blount. The executives of the St. Vincent’s Health Systems will discuss […]

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A mother’s dream

Lori Criswell got to spend some quality time with her oldest son Bradley this summer. The fact that he is in the Navy just meant that she had to jump through a few hoops to do it. Bradley Dunn, the son of Lori Criswell and Dennis Dunn, is stationed on the USS Tarawa, an amphibious assault ship. The ship holds […]

Democratic senators should share the wealth

Alabama Scene

It was reported this week that 12 of the 22 Alabama senators who run under the Democratic label, employ 43 individuals to provide various chores such as driving and working on constituent affairs, while the 13 senators who are Republicans share only one such worker. One Democrat, Sen. Phil Poole of Moundville, has eight… The cost for these positions is […]

Clearly Speaking


Conventional wisdom says that what goes up, must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when it’s your money at stake. Though there’s no foolproof way to handle the ups and downs of the stock market, the following common sense tips can help. Don’t put your eggs all […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, September 14, 1988

Republican Headquarters Opens Everything was upbeat Saturday when state Senator Bill Cabaniss cut the ribbon to officially open Blount County’s Bush-Quayle headquarters. “The best state for the people of the state is a two-party state,” the senator from Jefferson County said, thanking local candidates there for running as Republicans and thus moving Alabama further toward a strong two-party system. Cabaniss […]

Gas prices skyrocket

Snead council again rejects former chief Kent’s request for overtime pay

At the end of its latest regular session, the Snead Town Council reaffirmed its previous decision to deny payment to former police chief Tim Kent. Kent, who led in the Aug. 26 town mayoral race, has requested payment for 642.5 hours of alleged overtime. As reported in November 2005 and April 2006 newspaper accounts, the council rejected the validity of […]

Wet/dry debate makes for interesting afternoon of radio

The liquor question can galvanize interest among county citizens as can few other issues. So it is with the current proposed wet/dry referendum that Blount Countians must either approve or disapprove, if it survives the petitioning process and appears on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The issue brought about an interesting hour’s worth of live radio last Friday afternoon, […]