Halloween Night

Many memories come to my mind When I think of this night Candy bags and costumes Jack-o’-lantern lights Stops from house to house Chocolate bars and squeals Lots of fun for everyone Imagine how it feels Joe said he’d be a monster And that would be real cool Dawn said she’s a witch And Rachael is a ghoul Sam will […]


If there appears to be a disagreement among family members about information to appear in an obituary, The Blount Countian reserves the right to decline to publish any of it. The newspaper takes pride in not charging for publishing obituaries except for those of persons without direct connection to this county, in which case persons requesting them will pay for […]


FREE COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR SENIORS, 50 and older, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Thursday, Nov. 5, at Cleveland Career Technical School with instructors from Wallace State Community College. Since seating for the computer and job skills program is limited, you should pre-register with Lynette at the AWARE office, 625- 5159. Seniors who need help finding […]


In the October 21 issue, a printer error led to the omission of page A3. Here is the page that was to have run last week.

Cellular South to buy Corr Wireless

Cellular South, the nation’s largest privately held wireless provider, announced Oct. 16 the company’s plans to purchase Corr Wireless in Alabama. With this purchase, Cellular South will now be able to offer services to customers in the cities of Huntsville, Madison, Decatur, and Gadsden, plus the counties of Blount, Cullman, Marshall, Dekalb and Jackson in Alabama, as well as Rome, […]

Commission tries new tack with Whistle Stop Estates

Road woes take a new turn...

After a relatively quiet monthly business meeting, the routine broke down at the end of Monday’s commission session as homebuilder Bob Hoglan spoke from the floor to describe a subdivision road problem and propose a solution. When the dust settled, the agenda had been amended to accommodate the unscheduled item of business, and the commission had committed itself to a […]

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 […]