Alabama Scene

Riley wants to put a curve in a straight highway

Alabama Highway 77 is a 124-mile stretch of road in eastern Alabama that runs from U.S. Highway 431 near Lafayette through the Talladega National Forest, past the entrance to the Talladega Super Speedway and ends at U.S. Highway 431 just north of Attalla. Just south of Ashland on a perfectly straight stretch of Highway 77 sits Wellborn Cabinet Inc. Paul […]


Letting the king in Background Scripture Isaiah 9:1-7; 11:1-8. Devotional Reading: John 4:19-26. King Edward VII and his queen were taking a walk at the end of a day. In the dusk she turned her ankle and seeing in a clearing ahead a humble cottage he went to the door and knocked. Already in bed, the farmer shouted: “Who’s there? […]


THE CONFLICTING EMOTIONS OF CHRISTMAS Each year at Christmas, everyone in my family gets a new ornament for our Christmas tree. We seek out ornaments that reflect what’s going on in our life at the time. Once we find the ornament we want, we write our name on it and the year. The new ornament takes its place on the […]


SPECIAL EVENTS BLOUNTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST will present “The Splendor of Christmas,” a musical for choir and congregation, on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. PHILADELPHIA BAPTIST invites all to celebrate the season there on Sunday, Dec. 19. The Sanctuary Choir will present the musical “O Holy Night” during morning worship service at 11. This Christmas presentation is filled with classic […]

Reindeer carry kisses

Residents of TLC Nursing Center were delighted yesterday with the delivery of whimsical cross-stitched reindeer faces, each holding a Hershey’s kiss. They were creations of the women of Calvary Episcopal Church, whose ECW president Pat Clanton and member Frances Sellers collected yarn, squares, glue, eyes, and pipe cleaners and issued them to members for prayer and stitching. After hours of […]


O – L – T – C – H

It stands for Operation Love The Children of Haiti. It’s the name of the orphanage that Greg and Jasmine Martinson founded on a prayer and a shoestring in 2006, and have hung onto – through unimaginable hardships, an ineffectual government, and a catastrophic earthquake with aftershocks – to sustain ever since. Jasmine visited Oneonta for two brief days last week […]

It’s a Wonderful Life

Commission changes supervision for county shop employees, adds quarterly night work sessions

In a relatively brief monthly meeting Monday, the Blount County Commission passed unanimously five significant motions governing county business, and dealt with the usual array of routine items. (1) The commission changed the reporting arrangement for county shop employees. Previously reporting to the county engineer, the shop function and its three employees will now report to District 3 Commissioner Dean […]

Realty network plays Santa for kids

New program at J.B. Pennington

Helping dropouts by building street rod

When J.B. Pennington High School received its Alabama AYP Accountability Report, the staff was ecstatic that the graduation rate had risen for the fifth consecutive year. Now with a graduation rate of 87 percent, PHS faculty and staff know that to continue to make gains, they must be willing to do whatever it takes. In an effort to improve the […]