Final week of regular season

For the most part, the high school basketball regular season came to an end last week. A few teams had games scheduled Monday night of this week but a couple of school have already played area tournament games – meaning their season could already be over. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Locust Fork Girls Locust Fork 49, Cleveland 43 Cleveland exploded […]


CLEVELAND YOUTH SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL will hold registration each Saturday through Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Town Hall. Registration fee is $85 for the first child, $64 for the second, and $55 for three or more children. This fee does not include uniforms. For more information, contact Cassie Nichols (softball) at 647-2630 or Cassie […]

Area tournaments this week


For most high school basketball teams, this week signals the end of the season. Area tournaments are scheduled for this week and only the top two finishers from each area will advance to the sub-region round next week. Almost all fans of Blount County schools will be forced to travel for the area tournament. The Oneonta boys were the only […]

Two celebrations for one lady

Carrie Huie Graham is happy to have recently celebrated her 85th birthday and to be the oldest among representatives of five generations in this photograph. She hugs her great-great-granddaughter Madison Pearson, while her great-granddaughter Tyleia Pearson (from left), her son Stanley Huie, and her grandson Jim Huie watch.

Author Dorning to sign book in Blountsville

Blountsville Public Library salutes one of the town’s own residents when it hosts a “meet the author” celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. Stephen Dorning finished his first book at the beginning of 2009 and entered it into the Blount County writing contest later that year. The story was an odd mix of science fiction and faith. Stars of […]


SAVAN LOWERY is the recipient of a four-year University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) collegiate honors scholarship valued up to $12,000. Daughter of Scott Lowery of Remlap and Carol Ann Jordan of Hayden, Savan is a senior at Locust Fork High School where she is a member of the FCCLA, NHS, NAO, and Scholars Bowl. At UAB, she will major […]


KYLE “BUDDY” WRIGHT will be honored at an 80th birthday celebration Sunday, Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the new senior citizen building in Snead. Everyone is invited. Contact Debra at 466-7978 for more information.


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BLOUNTSVILLE CUB SCOUTS in Pack 158 are sponsoring a food drive from now until the end of February as part of their celebration of 100 years of scouting. Items collected will be donated to Blountsville United Methodist Church to fill its food pantry. The scouts are collecting nonperishable food items and nonfood toiletry items. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to […]

Sunshine Law designed to keep government open

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Americans have traditionally wanted openness in government. Because the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was a “weak weapon” in maintaining that openness, as the Alabama Press Association’s legal manual puts it, state governments moved to protect it. Alabama’s Open Meetings Act, the latest “Sunshine Law,” was passed in 2005 and became effective Oct. 1 of that year. According […]