2008-12-24 E-Edition

Alabama Scene

Henry Ford's vision for Alabama

In 1921, Henry Ford, accompanied by Thomas Edison, came to North Alabama with a vision of transforming it into “a 75-mile city” from Muscle Shoals eastward. Ford also said he would employ a million workers. The news of Ford’s plan caused a real-estate panic. Speculators began buying up land along the Tennessee River in Colbert County and parceling it out […]

163 get free toys, coats, shoes at Red Hill Church



Organizers said 163 children turned out last Saturday at Red Hill Church in West Blount County for the finale of the congregation’s free Christmas toys and clothing drive. All kids were allowed to select two free toys. Shoes, coats, gloves, and toboggans were also available in various sizes for those who need them. The effort is headed by pastor Danny […]

New book features Alabama rivers



Headwaters, A Journey on Alabama Rivers features photographs taken by Beth Maynor Young, some of whose beautiful pictures of the Locust Fork River have been published by The Blount Countian and also highlight notecards for sale by the organization Friends of the Locust Fork River. The book is reviewed in the spring/summer 2009 issue of Alabama, the magazine where publications […]

American Legion oratorical contest



High School students are encouraged to participate in the 2009 oratorical contest being sponsored here by American Legion Post 72. Principals, counselors, and teachers of English, social studies, and speech in Blount County public schools, as well as those who home school or work in private and parochial schools within the county, are urged to begin recruiting students now for […]

Unique contest open to students

River of Words

Debra Gordon-Hellman of Royal is urging teachers to encourage their students to enter a unique contest dubbed River of Words and open to ages from kindergartners through 12th-graders. Gordon- Hellman heads Friends of the Locust of the Locust Fork’s education committee. The statewide, international contest was created to promote watershed awareness, literacy, and the arts. It invites students to “explore […]

Update from the chamber of commerce

Members of health care authority to speak at breakfast

A special thanks to the 200-plus who attended the chamber’s Christmas breakfast at Twin Oaks on Thursday, Dec. 19. The clubhouse was beautifully decorated and seasonal food dishes were prepared for all attending. A truly festive atmosphere was present even though inclement weather greeted our guests. Alabama Power Company, a great chamber member and partner of many of our initiatives, […]

Snead council removes police chief, re-bids fire truck



The new Snead Town Council chose not to reappoint its police chief during a regular council session Monday night. The council also decided to rewrite bid specifications for a new front-line fire truck after the only bid was withdrawn. Police matters The decision on police chief Chuck McBrayer came near the meeting’s end and followed an earlier effort by the […]

Stats on county road expenses useful as unit/ district hearing approaches



As public interest over county road expenditures continues, with a public hearing on the unit system versus the district system of organization set for Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse, The Blount Countian is providing the figures below as background for consideration. One criticism of the district system is that it institutionalizes wasteful duplication of road equipment with […]

‘For unto us a child is born …’



A live nativity in the town’s gazebo spoke the true meaning of Christmas during Blountsville’s treelighting ceremony Friday, Dec. 5. Restoration Assembly of God used members and other county residents to recreate the scene of Jesus’ birth. The parents are rapt in awe as they gaze upon him. Joseph, the father, is portrayed by Jeremy Vanmaanen and Mary by Melissa […]


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