Sweet Pea [our lost dog] has been found thanks to my ad in your paper. I want to thank you for running the ad and thank everyone who called. Your ad worked. Thank you again. Nick Britt and Laura Burk Locust Fork/Smokerise area

‘Support the [Austin’s] family’

First, let me thank you for the wonderful story by Tanna Friday on Austin and his family. I was his K teacher for three years and have remained close throughout the years. It was beautifully written and, of course, I cried buckets but it is so true. I know sometimes after an article like this people may come forward to […]

‘Thank you for doing your job’

David Cochran Blount County Commissioner Thank you very much for your recent prompt attention to our complaint. Probably for the first time in my 66 years has a public official responded and acted so quickly. I know most of the time all you do is get run down and I want to take this chance to lift you up. Thank […]

System readies for school to start

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education handled several items of business during Monday’s meeting as the system readies for the start of classes next week. Several personnel actions were taken including the acceptance of the resignation of Susan Moore boys varsity basketball coach David Stanford. The coach, who would have been starting his fourth year at Susan Moore, resigned effective […]

Derek Creel: life saver

Derek Creel (center) receives a Woodmen of the World Life Saver award from field representatives Diana Sullivan (right) and Gary Campbell. Derek and his fiancee were at the Black Warrior River to fish when they saw a canoe overturn with a man and his 7- year-old son on board. Derek ran down the bank until he was even with the […]

1816 settlers to travel Bear Meat Cabin Road

The Blountsville Historical Society, the 11th Alabama Cavalry reenactors unit, and friends will again present Living History on the second Saturday (Aug. 8) at Blountsville’s Historical Park on U.S. 231 N. The initial presentation of the series last month featured an 1813 scenario of Col. John Coffee and the Tennessee Volunteers fighting Creek Indians along the old trail. This Saturday, […]

Museum photos going on CD

Niki Hollingsworth thought, “How tragic it would be if a fire, storm, or some other disaster ever struck the Blount County Museum and destroyed the many historically priceless and irreplaceable photographs stored there. Much of our history would be gone forever.” Computer magic cannot prevent these things from happening, but it can alleviate the likelihood of total loss. Niki has […]

Police chaplain, county resident, attends seminar

Chaplain Chuck Augustine of the Tarrant Police Depatement attended the annual training seminar of the International Conference of Police Chaplains in Knoxville, Tenn., July 13 through July 17. One of the seminar’s most inspiring moments came when a memorial service was held to honor all law enforcement officers, including police chaplains, who lost their lives in the line of duty […]

Birmingham Water Works gets bids on Locust Fork Reservoir property

Eight bids received...

The Birmingham Water Works Board yesterday at press time opened bids on Locust Fork River property it puchased in the 1990s as a possible reservoir site for drinking water for its Birmingham metro service area. The highest bid was from Todd Palmer for $3.75 million. No further details were immediately available on Palmer or whom he might represent. The board […]

Oneonta police department bags $40,000 in grants

Oneonta police chief James Chapman has announced receipt of over $40,000 in grants for his department. Only one of the grants requires a match, 10 percent toward a total $25,000. That matching grant comes through ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs) and results, partly, from the city’s involvement in hurricane relief. Chapman adds that department eligibility grew from […]