Cleveland school wins $500

Cleveland High School plans to buy science-lab supplies and a new computer with the $500 it received as thirdplace winner in Apperson Products’ school contest. Principal Denise Martin was informed of her school’s win March 24. Danette Tawbush, science teacher, had nominated their school for a chance to take part in a program the company recently launched that gives applying […]


UAB AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS The University of Alabama at Birmingham has awarded scholarships to local students. Casey Phillips, son of Terry and Jerri Phillips, receives a four-year Golden Excellence Scholarship valued up to $24,000. He is a senior at Oneonta High School, where he’s a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Club, S.E.A. Club, Science Bowl, Scholars Bowl, and Academic […]


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, and those requested to be published as submitted but […]

Didn’t get a census form?

Montgomery – Alabama residents who lost or did not receive a 2010 Census questionnaire can phone the U.S. Census Bureau to request a form. Call toll-free 1-866-872-6868 between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. and ask for one or give answers to a Census Bureau representative over the phone. The Census Bureau will send out forms until April 22 but will […]

District 3’s Ryan seeking third term

Tom Ryan, 56, was born and raised on Straight Mountain, graduating from Appalachian High school in 1973. He entered the work force as an emergency medical technician, working for Fowler Ambulance Service in Oneonta and for A&A Ambulance Service in Birmingham. Later he worked for construction companies in Jefferson County as an equipment operator and later as a supervisor. In […]

Chatting with Bradley

Following Monday’s commission meeting, which Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne attended in its entirety, he came forward following adjournment and took a seat at the front table facing the commission dias, beginning an impromptu conversation with county commissioners and the commission chairman. He began by making a general statement on his reasons for being here, his past experience and his […]

As Rosamine moves forward…

Watchdogs take to air, water, plan Water Watch training

Landowner Donna Matthews and Black Warrior Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke, members of the Rosamine watchdog committee of the Friends of the Locust Fork River, recently flew over the Rosa mine site being developed by MCoal Corp. Piloting the flight was Bob Kuehithau of Southwings out of Huntsville. Southwings is a conservation organization that uses volunteer pilots and small aircraft to monitor […]

A litter of calves born to county farmer

Chuck Hill, a hobby farmer in the Mountain Grove community, awoke March 26 blessed with an instant herd of newborn calves – four of them. “I suspected there would be twins, but I never dreamed of four,” Hill said. The calves’ average weight was only 25 pounds, about half that of a full-term, single-birth calf. One calf was stillborn, and […]

Special election for Cleveland mayor

As I was the first to publicly announce my candidacy for the office of mayor of the Town of Cleveland, I would also like to be the first to publicly thank the council for setting the dates for the election as was requested by the probate judge. This was a major step in getting back to the way a town […]

Don’t assume you’re clear to dig

On the morning of April 7, I was returning to my home after taking my children to daycare when I noticed a man installing signs with a hand-held auger across the highway from Jack’s in Oneonta. AT&T owns a large fiber optic cable that is buried in this area and I didn’t see any markings. So, being in the utility […]

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