Education initiative promotes hands-on learning for students

When it comes to learning math and science, some students need to relate and make some sort of connection. With the help of teachers in nine Blount County schools, students are making the connection. Students in Vicki Heron’s seventh-grade math class at Hayden Middle School have pencils in hand and chips counted and are ready to tackle some integers. Theirs […]

‘Avoid harm, obey the stop arm’

National School Bus Safety Week

Each day starting around 6:18 a.m., 101 school bus drivers begin traveling their 5732-mile drive throughout Blount County, picking up and dropping off around 4969 students to and from school. Whenever you see a school bus, be aware children are somewhere nearby, either waiting to board or getting off the school bus. The dedication of these drivers to ensure the […]

Update from the chamber

Another gubernatorial candidate to speak

Dr. Robert Bentley, a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and the third 2010 gubernatorial candidate to speak at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast, is special guest this morning, Oct. 23, at 7:30 at Twin Oaks in Oneonta. The public is invited to attend as Dr. Bentley, a Republican from Tuscaloosa, discusses his platform and candidacy […]

County HCA 2010 budget of $946,000 supports multiple services

Blount County Health Care Authority chairman Wendell Ellis responded last week to The Blount Countian’s request for a review of the agency’s 2010 budget with a detailed discussion of the agency’s current status. The inquiry coincided with Ellis’s presentation to the West Blount Development Association on the authority’s support for building a medical clinic in the relatively unserved western part […]

All’s quiet on the Rosa Mine front

For the moment...

After two months of frenetic activity, the rush of events connected with the proposed reopening of the Rosa Mine by MCoal Corporation has taken an apparent breather following the informal conference held here on Sept. 15 by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission. Speaking for the Rosa Mine Watchdog Committee, resident Jerry Gordon- Hellman said that the seeming absence of activity […]

State troopers apply full-court press to Ala 160 enforcement

New accountability group enters arena

West Blount residents travelling Ala 160 last week noticed an unusual number of state troopers ticketing drivers on the accident-wracked roadway. It wasn’t their imaginations, as trooper Charles Dysart of the Birmingham post of the Alabama Department of Public Safety confirmed. Extra troopers have been assigned to the area from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, he said. Currently […]

Fun day at the festival

What to give a lady for her 50th birthday

Birthdays for females are always special, but especially the 50th. It’s difficult to select the perfect gift for fear of making a heartbreaking mistake. Some ladies want exotic perfume to give the right setting for those romantic memories of her younger life. Some ladies want that special piece of jewelry she has waited for so long. This wonderful lady who’s […]

Retake Cleveland plans to do just that

Last Tuesday night marked a milestone for the citizens of Cleveland. Since all of the problems have arisen surrounding Cleveland’s local government, the citizens have not had an outlet to properly address their grievances. Armed with truth and demanding transparency, many of the townspeople united to form a non-partisan citizens’ watchdog group called RetakeCleveland. Since the beginning of October this […]

Cleveland citizens finally unite

The residents of Cleveland have come together with one thing in common – a will to be heard. The regularly scheduled council meeting that should have been on Tuesday, Oct. 20, was cancelled due to no quorum, and a community meeting was held instead. The group of Retake Cleveland gathered with more than 50 present at the Cleveland Fire station. […]