Blount native helping lead nonprofit

Laura Crandall Brown passed away more than a year ago – Dec. 14, 2009, to be exact – from ovarian cancer. She left behind her husband Walter Brown, her father Jim Crandall, her mother Cecilia Crandall, sister Emma Crandall, and many close friends. Laura may be gone but her legacy continues in the form of the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian […]

Winter beauty at its best

Top news stories of 2010


The following are, in The Blount Countian’s judgment, the most significant news stories of the past year, based on the number of articles devoted to the subject, or in a few cases, based on the significance to the public of breaking news events. The number of topics selected is somewhat arbitrary; the top 10 wasn’t quite broad enough to cover […]

I’ll be thankful at Thanksgiving, but as for Christmas I gotta have it all’

I just have to get some stuff off my heart. … I was wrapping presents for my daughter, taking a mental inventory of the items that we had gotten her and what Santa Claus was getting her, hoping she was going to be excited, surprised, and happy with what she would be receiving. Then I wondered “will she be thankful?” […]

Fire department grant for Ricetown

Ricetown Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $178,600 grant through a federal vehicle acquisition program. Grant monies can be used for purchasing pumpers, aerials, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, foam units, and fireboats. Tim Frye, Ricetown fire chief since the ’90s, says his department is using the grant funds to purchase a new fire engine/ pumper, which is […]

Gas prices rise in Alabama

Average retail gasoline prices in Alabama have risen 7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.92 a gallon on Dec. 28. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.03 a gallon, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Alabama during the […]

2010-12-29 E-Edition

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