Important chamber breakfast next week

The chamber breakfast to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks may prove to be one of the most important programs presented during my tenure. This opinion is based on the fact that local leaders came together and devised a strategy that saved a landmark, recruited organizations to locate there to serve the general public, and provided space […]

Drug awareness programs set for remaining county schools

In a flurry of activity over the next four weeks, the special drug awareness program sponsored by the Blount County Board of Education and Hope House for high school students and their parents will cover the remaining county high schools. The schedule is shown below. The time for all meetings is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 – Susan Moore High School […]

It’s Showtime!

Hayden Middle School continues major renovation of gym and auditorium

They’re calling the project It’s Showtime! When it’s complete, the school – and the community – will have a reconditioned gym and auditorium that can be used for a variety of events from theatrical productions to lectures, concerts, fundraisers, student assemblies, community forums, rec-league sports, PTO meetings, and other school, civic, and recreational events, according to Hayden Middle School principal […]

Pine Mountain bluegrass show set for Saturday

The Pine Mountain Bluegrass band will play and host Tommy White and the Stoney Road Band from the White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival at Pine Mountain Community Center this Saturday night. Tommy White is the proprietor of the White’s Mountain event in Springville. Showtime for the main event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will also feature an earlier […]

Radio historians to address historical society

Many Blount Countians remember a time when the family radio was their primary connection to the outside world. In the early 1940s, we would gather around the crackling, wheezing, battery-powered Philco to listen to Gabriel Heatter relay the latest “war news.” Following the news, we could curtail our fears by listening to jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, or the antics of […]

Girl Scouts exhibit featured at museum

Members of junior Girl Scout troop #483 of Oneonta are shown at the Blount County Memorial Museum where they have placed a display entitled “Girl Scouting in the USA” as a part of their merit badge efforts. From the left are Josie Young, Jessie Rivas, Rachel Price, and Sydney Gilson. The exhibit has many vintage items donated by area women […]

County health services varied

The ongoing transformation of the old vacated Blount Memorial Hospital will be the program topic of the county-city Chamber of Commerce breakfast next Wednesday morning at 7:30 at Twin Oaks at Heritage. The program, which begins at 7:30, will feature members of the Blount County Health Care Authority, which superseded the Blount County Hospital Board, and others involved in the […]

Woman shot in Blountsville

Melissa Glass, 32, daughter-in-law of Blountsville town councilman Michael Glass, sustained a gunshot wound to the hand last Friday afternoon in Blountsville, according to sources at Blountsville Town Hall. The wound was non-life threatening, and she was taken to the hospital in Cullman for treatment, according to sheriff’s department investigator Steve Fowler. Sheriff’s department spokesman Terry Sherbert said the incident […]

Delinquent tax filers get a break in Alabama

Alabama Department of Revenue will temporarily waive penalties and will not seek criminal prosecutions for delinquent tax filers who come forward and pay what they owe in state taxes. The announcement of this program “Operation Clean Slate” was made Jan. 15 by Gov. Bob Riley and revenue commissioner Tim Russell. The program, which runs from Feb. 1 through May 15, […]

‘The least of these’


In a recent conversation, a cherished and wise friend lamented many churches’ preoccupation with matters unrelated to Christ’s command to help those in need. As he sees it, that “helping others” is at the core of Christ’s teaching. You know: the single mother struggling to feed and clothe her children, let alone buy all the supplies they are required to […]