Guest Behind the Barbed Wire



the Barbed Wire Ruth Beaumond Cook, author of “Guest Behind the Barbed Wire,” will speak Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., at Cleveland Baptist Church about her book. Her work chronicles the building and operation of the largest German POW camp in the United States during World War II. More than 6000 German soldiers were held in this camp, located […]

Inconvenient truths apply to roads, too, according to Ryan

Tag-fee, unit system...

District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan had some things he wanted to get off his chest last week about the upcoming tag-fee increase referendum and the unit system debate that has accompanied it throughout the run-up to Nov. 4. So he set up a meeting and brought along county engineer Richard Spraggins and county administrator Chris Green for technical support. The […]

Preliminary results from Community Development Plan county road evaluation



54 county roads evaluated 220.4 farm-to-market road miles Top five roads needing work, based on traffic count/condition: 27.9 miles county-wide totaling $26 million in estimated cost Worst condition roads: five roads county-wide totaling 12.9 miles at cost of $8.6 million Alternate scenario: to insure safety, pair/repave/ restripe 92 intersections county-wide at a cost of $27 million $61.6 million total for […]

Are days of free lunch over?



Billy H. Irvin of Blountsville obtained permission from Harvey “Hardy” Jackson to submit his column for publication in The Blount Countian. It first appeared in The Randolph Leader, whose editor also gave permission for publication here. Jackson is a history professor at Jacksonville State University. During the last legislative session, 15 Alabama counties were running scared. If a bill that […]

Clearly Speaking

Real Estate Investment Trusts… Is now the perfect time?

A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a company that buys, develops, manages, and/or sells real estate such as skyscrapers, shopping malls, apartment complexes, office buildings, or housing developments. Rather than investing directly in real estate, investors of REITs invest in a professionally managed portfolio of real estate. REITs trade on the major exchanges, just like stocks. REITs make money […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, October 26, 1983

Victory assures Eagles spot in 1A playoffs The Appalachian Eagles will be heading to the playoffs for the second year in a row after a 10-0 win at Madison Academy last week. Defense was the key as the Eagles held the Mustangs to just 62 yards of offense. Appalachian piled up 352 yards of offense led by Barry Tipton with […]

‘Keep a level head be informed’



I would like to clarify a couple of points stated in ads placed in The Blount Countian, on radio and TV by Howard’s LLC. They state at least $1.24 million more revenue would be received annually. They don’t state, however, according to their own study, this increase would take at least 10 or more years after policy is changed for […]

‘Support county law prohibiting guns?’



In examining the question of whether Blount County is to remain dry, we should first consider whether the prohibition of alcohol sales deters people from drinking. For myself, I am unable to think of a single person who abstains from alcohol simply because it is illegal within the county. If it is true that the unavailability of alcohol in Blount […]

‘Strip clubs? Can’t even get a bowling alley’



People are strictly amazing. Why is it some think, if this county went wet, that strip clubs would pop up everywhere, when we can’t even get a bowling alley or a movie theater. Everything we have had in the past was closed down. There is absolutely nothing in this county for our young people to do, and NOBODY has tried […]

Words of wisdom



Recently, we have heard numerous viewpoints concerning alcohol. However, what does our history tell us? “Drink is a cancer in human society, eating out its vitals and threatening its destruction.” – Abraham Lincoln “Liquor may have its defenders, but it has no defense.” – Abraham Lincoln “My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all […]


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