MAKENNA ELIZABETH HAYES is the daughter of Josh and Amy Hayes of Cleveland and the sister of Brady Hayes, who is 2. She was born January 13, 2009, at St. Vincent’s weighing 6 lbs. 0 ozs. and measuring 19 inches long. Grandparents are Jink and Kathy Hayes of Cleveland, Mike and Jane Todd of Nectar, and Wayne and Louise Fowler […]


PERRYMAN PHILLIP MURPHREE was born May 22, 2009, at St. Vincent’s in Birmingham. At birth, he was 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and 19 1/2 in. Perry is the son of Brooke and Justin Murphree of Pinson and the grandson of Larry and Linda Perryman of Remlap, Stephen and Linda Murphree of Oneonta, and Carol and Alan Haynes of Snead.

Emma before, Emma after

“My name is Emma Vice and I am 5 years old. My hair had not been cut since I was born, but I just donated my 10-inch ponytail to Locks of Love. I hope that a kid my age who is sick gets a wig made from my hair! People need to be aware of the Locks of Love program! […]


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PINE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE will be held Saturday night, July 25, at the former two-room school. Jam sessions are planned between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Participants are invited to bring favorite recipes for the homemade ice cream supper at 4:30 p.m.; cobblers will be cooked in oldfashioned Dutch ovens. Behind the Times from Cullman will be featured group. Admission […]

Funds available for at-risk student services

James E. Carr, county school superintendent, announces funds are available to provide services through community agencies to at-risk students. Alabama legislation specifies that such community agencies must be “nonprofit – 501(c)(3) status, nongovernment” and that the programs of the agencies will “directly assist in improving academic performance.” For further information or a Request of Proposal Application (RFP), contact Stoney M. […]

Open meeting about Rosa coal mining

A meeting open to the public for countians to learn about Rosa coal mine issues will be held Monday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at Rosa Town Hall. Meeting organizers say they fear the mining proposed would affect the environment, public health, and property values. Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, will speak at the meeting, being held especially for concerned […]

Robert Bentley accepts role as gubernatorial dark horse in 2010

White horses don’t win the Derby’...

Dr. Robert Bentley, 66, is a two-term state representative and recently retired dermatologist from Tuscaloosa who’s running for governor in a field of six Republicans. He addressed the Blount County Farmers Federation last week, stopping at The Blount Countian beforehand to talk about the governor’s race. He’s not among the leaders in name recognition, but he’s comfortable being a dark […]

Carr delivers chamber report to Oneonta council

Charles Carr updated the Oneonta City Council last week on statistics and anticipated business growth in the county. President of Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, Carr emphasized population growth, in Oneonta particularly. He said census estimates show Oneonta approaching 7200 residents. All incorporated areas in the county have shown growth over the 2000 census, according to the estimates. Although Blount […]

Snead looks at fire, picnic, other matters

In addition to naming Phillip Weaver its new police chief (reported in last week’s Blount Countian), the Snead Town Council considered several other matters in its lengthy July 13 meeting. Councilors quizzed fire chief Lee Netherton on various points within his department. In his report, Netherton had announced he was placing logbooks in all fire vehicles. That announcement prompted councilman […]