Mayor resigns; battles continue

Town of Cleveland

An empty seat at the head table was quite noticeable as the Cleveland Town Council meeting was called to order Monday night. Everyone was present for roll call except Mayor Larry Longshore. His letter of resignation was first on the evening’s agenda. Longshore cited difficult financial times and the need to devote more time to his business. The council unanimously […]

Spring has sprung

If you don’t believe it, ask this Florida Flame Azalea, found celebrating the rites of spring on Pine Mountain. The species is native to south Alabama and Georgia and the Florida panhandle. – Ron Gholson

County will offer free prescription discount card; school tax holiday on hold

A new discount program will soon be available to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs, it was announced at the monthly commission meeting Monday. It is being made available through the Blount County Commission. The county has arranged to provide prescription discount cards under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties, the professional association […]

Hayden teacher named finalist

Alabama teacher of the year

Hayden Elementary teacher Lisa Hargett has been named one of 16 finalists for the state teacher of the year. Hargett, a fourth-grade teacher, was named the winner of the district elementary teacher of the year and automatically qualifies for state consideration. “It’s just such a tremendous honor,” she said. “I’m so thankful to the system I work in for shaping […]

Heavy storms, high winds bring damage

A series of storms over the past two weeks has caused various problems throughout Blount County. Numerous reports of trees and wires down have come in to the Blount County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) office, according to director Max Armstrong. In addition, power outages were reported from isolated areas throughout the county. The latest round of storms, which featured winds […]

Notable and quotable

“About the raise legislators voted themselves last session – I have turned my part of that money back in to the state treasurer. When the state and people of Alabama are in the economic condition they’re in right now, I will not take a raise in pay. “If times are bad enough to have to do proration, then legislators ought […]

Commission work session: cradle of local democracy

First evening work session draws a crowd of 30-plus

For individuals and groups wanting to petition their local government to request help with a problem, seek redress for grievances, or raise awareness of a subject for discussion, the commission work session is the place to go. Last week’s work session, the first to be held in the evening, is a case in point. Seven individual guests or delegations were […]

Snead sets session to interview for police chief

Upon questioning begun by councilor Trudy Campbell, the Snead Town Council set a called meeting for Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. to interview applicants for the town’s open police chief position. No one clarified how the number of applicants would be winnowed to a manageable interview session. Town clerk Rae Ware confirmed that the Alabama League of Municipalities rejected […]


In an article on an upcoming concert honoring former Oneontan Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd, the newspaper reported that the event would be held at the Alys Stephens Center at Samford University. As many of our readers recognized, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is not at Samford University, but on the campus of UAB at 1200 10th Avenue South in […]


Beginning April 15, The Blount Countian will open for business Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m., except on Wednesdays when the office closes at 11:30 a.m. Residents may use the drop-box at the front door to submit copy on Saturdays and Sundays when the office is closed. Deadlines remain the same, although staffers urge readers […]