Five generations will celebrate this year

The Ezra Hamm family of Blountsville will enjoy holiday gatherings with five generations – from one year old to 88 years young. Family members pictured are (seated) Ezra Hamm holding his great-greatgrandchild Kayden Collins and (standing, from left) Hamm’s granddaughter Denise Clark, his greatgrandson Jason Collins, and his son Milo Hamm.

Blount resident is grandparent of year

Blount County resident Patricia Griffin is one of seven in the state recently honored as Grandparent of the Year. She received her award at UAB’s annual celebration of life award reception, which highlights the value of older adults’ contributions to society. The Grandparents of the Year award celebrates grandparents who have inspired young people to have positive outlook on aging, […]

Students shop for 250 children

Students from Cleveland High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes find shopping for children they don’t know a great way to start the holiday season. The students spent Nov. 19 buying gifts for 250 children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree sponsored by Alabama Power. In 2 1/2 hours, they bought gifts for all 250 children. Accompanying adults were amazed to […]


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Snead takes step toward condemnation, examines subdivision responsibility

At the Snead Town Council’s latest meeting, attorney Alex Smith reviewed possible solutions to a deteriorating structure in the town. Invited by councilor Jack Freeman, Smith explained the town’s first step involved declaring the property a public nuisance. That declaration may result from several reasons but most often applies when health or safety is at risk. After the declaration, the […]

Hayden man loses four dogs to suspected poisoning

Residents of a Hayden neighborhood are keeping a closer eye on their dogs after one pet owner reported suspicions that someone poisoned all four of his dogs. “Just when you get comfortable leaving your dog outside,” he said. “It’s just awful.” Losing a pet is always painful, he added. “But when you find out that someone murdered all four of […]

Add “fire prevention” as must-have on wish list

With the temperature plummeting and more people trying to keep their homes warm, consumers need to make sure they are prepared in case a fire breaks out. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,451,500 fires in 2008. These fires resulted in 3320 civilian fire fatalities, including 2780 civilians whose lives were […]

Mining commission issues Rosa mine permit; SELC could appeal

The Alabama Surface Mining Commission (ASMC) last week gave notice of its decision to issue a permit to MCoal Corporation to mine coal at the Rosa Mine location in Blount County. The notice appears among legal notices in this edition of The Blount Countian. Interested parties will have 30 days to file appeals to the decision, according to Fred Orange, […]

State unemployment rate turns corner; county also improves

First decrease in 27 months...

Alabama’s statewide unemployment rate dropped to 10.5 percent in November following October’s high of 10.9 percent, state Department of Industrial Relations director Tom Surtees anounced last Friday. This is the first decrease in the unemployment rate since September 2007. October’s 10.9 percent was the highest unemployment reported in Alabama since (date to come). Wage and salary employment increased by 5200 […]

A patriotic tradition continues

In November 2008, George Linton, district market manager of the Save-A-Lot grocery chain, ordered an American flag to be flown at the Oneonta store to honor all military personnel. “It will be flown until our troops who are in harm’s way come home,” Linton said. “With due respect to our elected officials, it is not they whom we owe for […]