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Wallace hosts College Day for Blount seniors

Seven high schools from Blount County – bringing more than 600 seniors – visited Wallace State Community College in Hanceville last month for Blount County Senior Day. Students were exposed to the various technical programs on Wallace State’s campus and visited landmark buildings and new features of the college. The high school serniors were instructed on the college admission process […]

United Way campaign begins

In 1987, Blount County became part of United Way of Central Alabama’s service area, and for 23 years its residents in need have benefited from the increased social services available. The 2010 fundraising campaign for Blount County officially opened at Oneonta Rotary Club’s meeting last week, when county campaign chairman John Bullard announced a United Way goal of more than […]

Hayden has new competitive team

The Hayden Wildcats have a new addition to their competitive teams, but this new addition has nothing to do with sports. This is the first full year of competition for Hayden High School’s Speech and Debate Team. Funding for the team came through the generous legislative efforts of Rep. Elwyn Thomas. Students compete throughout Alabama and Georgia in a variety […]

Former countian in concert

Pianist J. Barry Vaughn, formerly of Hayden, will be in concert Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center in Gadsden. Vaughn, rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, will play music of Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Margaret Bonds. His principal piano teachers have included Oneonta’s the late Dr. Betty Sue concert Garner Shepherd, […]

Get Vaccinated

FLU CLINICS will be held by the Blount County Health Department between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13; Friday, Oct. 22; Friday, Nov. 12; and Wednesday, Nov. 17. Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance will be accepted, but you MUST have the insurance cards with you in order for the department to file claims. Cost of the […]

Community Arts Council needs warm bodies, dollars

The Community Arts Council of Blount County will meet next on Monday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Museum, and they’re calling all arts lovers to join them. That’s all people who love the arts, and people who love all the arts. It’s OK to love some more than others, according to council treasurer Carol Lewey. “We need new […]


The Blount Countian last week quoted Allen Armstrong in an interview article that District 1 is burdened with a heavy debt load arising from new equipment purchases, amounting to a $98,000 annual payment, plus a large balloon payment next year. Mr. Armstrong said that information was not exactly correct. According to commission records, District 1 has made monthly payments this […]

Operation Grateful Heart honors Rhonda Lindley

Members of Operation Grateful Heart, a veterans domestic support organization, thank Southeastern teacher Rhonda Lindley for her outstanding contributions to the Veterans Parade for the last three years. From left: Southeastern principal Michael Peoples, Operation Grateful Heart members Donnie Jackson and Dalton Wester, Rhonda Lindley, Operation Grateful Heart members Robert Venable, Glenda England, and Linda Ragsdale. Not shown but doing […]


Running the yellow light

Background Scripture Psalm 19. Devotional Reading: Genesis 1 Chronicles 22:7-13. Like last week’s Psalm 8, Psalm 19 begins with the glorification of God as Creator: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” (19:1). Do not be confused by the seeming contradictions of 19:2-4: “Day to day pours forth speech…There is no speech…their voice […]