We observed Independence Day last week. Grills smoked and fireworks popped as we celebrated our freedom. For some reason I found myself remembering a July 4th from a few years back. A group from the church I was serving then was in Piedras Negras, Mexico, on the Fourth of July 10 years ago. We were working with Constructores Para […]


SINGINGS VALLEY GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have homecoming and all-day singing Sunday, July 12, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with lunch served around noon. The Singing Commodores will be specials. David Pate is singing chairman.   MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH singing Saturday night, July 11, at 7 with The Good News Trio and Sonny Jones of Moulton as specials. Earl […]

Pattern Glass display comes to museum

Birmingham resident Robert Thomason has lent part of his Early American Pattern Glass for display to the public at the Blount County Memorial Museum. The artifacts are the fruits of his more than 30 years of collecting these unique art pieces. Early American Pattern Glass, or “pressed glass,” came into being around 1830 out of a need for more affordable […]

The better to eat you …

Scary looking? Definitely. But Ashley Allen says this Reticulated Python is only yawning, even though, to the uneducated eye, it looks as if it were readying to strike. Allen will discuss this python and other such creatures during his workshop Monday, July 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Participants for this workshop will […]

$4.36 million in stimulus money works its way into Blount County roads

Gov. Bob Riley announced Monday that Alabama is receiving a total of $513.7 million for highway infrastructure projects from stimulus funds resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Four Blount County highway projects totaling $4.36 million are in the pipeline to receive a portion of those funds – three state road projects and one county road project. […]

Rosa Mine discussion…

‘Not a public hearing,’ county engineer says of July 9 work session

Representatives of MCoal Corporation are expected to appear before the Blount County Commission work session tomorrow to discuss aspects of the firm’s application with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to mine coal in the county at a number of sites on the previously stripped Rosa Mine. The company, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has applied for permits to mine a […]

Methodist roses are a knockout

“Knockout” is the variety name of these hardy roses planted as a landscaping project of Blountsville First United Methodist Church. Seventy-five bushes were planted in three beds, two of them visible in the photo. The first is a line fronting the fellowship hall and extending toward the white frame sanctuary across the street. The other is a circular planting visible […]

Hayden churches gird for school supplies drive

Churches in the Hayden area will collaborate again this year to support their four local public schools with a community-wide, back-to-school supplies and funding drive. The half-dozen-odd churches are coming off an effort last year which provided school supplies to 175 families in the area and a check of over $500 to each of the four schools, according to drive […]

Periodicals at library provide many/varied windows on world

With more than 50 general and specialty magazines regularly received, the Oneonta Public Library provides a kalaidoscope of materials that can give to readers hours of reading pleasure as well as topical information. It’s a resource head librarian Gail Sheldon fears is too often overlooked and underused. “I think it’s an important resource, and I’d like to see these publications […]

Honda helps Appalachian athletics

Volunteers from Honda Motor Company worked throughout the morning Monday in and around Eagle Stadium on the campus of Appalachian High School. The project, part of the company’s annual volunteer month promotion held in July, had volunteers from the company joining Appalachian head football coach Ernie Willingham and members of the school’s booster club in performing maintenance and painting. Honda […]

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