JOSEPH M. KEEFOVER, an Army Reserve private, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness. He received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed […]

Ross Debter honored again

A highly regarded Blount County cattleman was posthumously granted the Pioneer Award last month at the Alabama Agriculture Hall of Honor Banquet, held at the Auburn University Heritage Park. While the award centered on Ross Debter’s success as an egg producer, he and son Glynn gained fame for their Hereford beef cattle, their Hereford farm at Horton noted for volume […]

Allgood honors long-wedded couples

In their March 8 meeting, Allgood Mayor Gene Armstrong and all members of the town council honored each of four resident couples for their more than 50 years of marriage. The honorees were Marshall and Johnnie Baker, James and Doris Loyd, Willie and Sharon Mayes, and Cecil and Lyda Mae Standridge. Armstrong said that Gov. Bob Riley had declared February […]

Hayden PTO Spring Fling ahead

It’s almost that time of year again: Spring is just emerging, and organizers are looking for talent! Hayden Primary and Elementary PTO will be holding their annual Spring Fling Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured will be inflatables, rock-climbing wall, games, face painting, cake walk, prize drawings, live entertainment, tot lot, concessions, and more! Proceeds from […]


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HOUSEWARMING SHOWER for Darryl, Sandra, Brittney, and C.J. Martin, whose former home was destroyed by fire, will be Saturday, March 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their new home on Highland Dam Road, off Hwy 27, Straight Mountain. Church members, family, and friends are hosting the shower for the family, which had been living in Darryl’s grandmother’s house […]

Humbard persuades Snead council to lower speed limit

Speaking before the Snead Town Council, resident Margaret Humbard persuaded members to lower speed limits in front of her house and place appropriate signs there. The retired teacher explained that she has an autistic granddaughter who lives with her and needs protection from potential speeders. Humbard reported her sister had videotaped a speeder who ran over a dog in front […]

Local bill to block municipal ‘grabs’ stymied in legislature

A local bill to prohibit municipalities located outside Blount County from imposing taxes or other regulations inside Blount County has been temporarily stymied in the Legislature, according to state Rep. Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta. The bill was introduced by Sen. Scott Beason, representing Blount County. It’s introduction resulted from Warrior’s passage of an ordinance in December to collect sales taxes […]

Court hearing in Warrior tax case continued

Judge Steven King Monday continued the hearing on the merits of Warrior’s extension of its sales tax throughout its police jurisdiction. King meets with lawyers for both parties today, Wednesday, to set a new date for the hearing and implementation of tax collection resulting from passage of the December ordinance. A part of west Blount County lies in Warrior’s police […]

Chase leads to arrest

A report from a motorist Monday of a probably intoxicated driver led to a police chase – both on the road and in the woods. In the end, an Oneonta man is in the Blount County Correctional Facility charged with resisting arrest and failure to pay child support. Blount County deputy Mark Moon was in the area south of Allgood […]