The course of scientists’ research into the use of embryonic stem cells to treat patients suffering presently incurable disorders such as Parkinson’s and heart diseases and diabetes continues to be rocky, but breakthroughs do occur. Many in the field have felt the use of these cells necessary because they can be made to produce several kinds of cells to replace […]

Museum needs space

Largely because of docent Amy Rhudy’s irresistible enthusiasm and dedication to her job, traffic at the Blount County Memorial Museum keeps increasing. And by the time visitors leave, she knows what their interests are, whether the museum contains articles or records relative to those interests, and if not, why not. She readily picks up on hobbyists’ collections and artists’ and […]

Cleveland High School aids in cancer fight

The check being presented here represents $700 for the fight against cancer. The money was raised last month at a series of Coaches vs. Cancer basketball games at Cleveland High School. Pictured are (from left) Cleveland boys basketball coach Conny Lowery, American Cancer Society development representative Kristin Franklin, Blount County American Cancer Society chairperson Pennie Bickerstaff, and Cleveland High School […]

Smoke Rise honors airman Eddie Harvey

On a cold, windy morning last week, 15 members of the Smoke Rise Homeowners Association met at the entrance to their subdivision to dedicate a new flag and flagpole in honor of Senior Airman Edgar L. Harvey III (Eddie). He is the grandson of Smoke Rise residents Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Harvey Sr. and nephew of residents Mr. and […]

Woods honored for 30 years’ outstanding service

Ronnie Woods, right, is commended by Probate Judge David Standridge following Woods’s retirement as chief of the Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Woods was honored with two proclamations for outstanding service and contributions to the community: one from Gov. Bob Riley and another from the state House of Representatives. Woods began working as a volunteer firefighter in 1979, […]

Counseling for veterans gets boost in county

Members of The Old Oak Tree advisory board celebrate receiving a $19,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. From left: veterans consumer representative Lisa Weaver, mental health professional Shirley Hawkins, Ph.D. of UAB, counseling services provider Sharon Gotlieb, Ph.D., and state veterans affairs officer, Dalton Wester. The grant will enable The Old Oak Tree to expand hours of […]

Vaughn Road closed temporarily

Vaughn Road off Ala 79 near the Marshall County line will be closed for up to 120 days while the bridge over Spring Creek is being replaced, according to District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard. The bridge abutments were seriously weakened by flooding during January. The bridge platform was moved about 50 yards downstream and reinstalled temporarily to provide emergency access […]

On-line poll:

Unit by a head, district holding on, modified making move

Below are results after one week of voting in The Blount Countian’s on-line poll of citizen preferences for three possible organizational systems that could be used to carry out county road maintenance in Blount County. The final report will appear in next week’s edition. Comments appear in the Readers Write section of today’s paper. Citizens who have not yet voted […]

Adams wins WCRL contest

Hoyt Adams accepts a $1000 check from WCRL owner Danny Bentley. Adams was selected at random from the more than 300 entrants in the contest which had begun on Jan. 12 and ended with the drawing of Adams’s name on Friday, Feb. 6. – Rob Rice

Alabama Scene

Ethics on a dare

Gov. Riley is right to push for additional teeth in our state’s ethics law including separate legislation that has been introduced to make improvements and give the state Ethics Commission subpoena power. The current ethics law was passed in 1973 on the final night of the regular session. It was passed on a dare. The Senate passed the bill creating […]