Sivley named to board

Jackie Sivley, a long-time educator with the Blount County system, was appointed last week by the Blount County Board of Education to succeed Andy Neill as the representative for District 2. Neill was named to the Blount County Commission earlier this month to replace Robert Bullard, who died last year. A graduate of J.B. Pennington High School and Auburn University, […]

Environmental groups challenge ADEM permit for MCoal’s Rosa mine

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on behalf of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Friends of the Locust Fork, filed suit this week with the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, challenging an administrative law judge’s approval of a permit for a 3,225-acre coal mine in Blount County. Few coal mine permits have ever been appealed to this level in Alabama, […]

Pitts outlines District 4 road plans for 2011

About 10.5 miles of the district’s roads will be resurfaced with tar and gravel by early this summer, District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts told The Blount Countian in an interview this week. The roads to be repaved are listed below. Bend Road: 3.49 miles, located off Five Points Road northeast of Cleveland. Blackwood Circle: 1 mile, located off Five Points […]

Tournament time in Blount County

How is the city organized?

To follow up on last week’s article on how Blount County government is organized, The Blount Countian this week highlights the City of Oneonta, the county seat and the county’s largest municipality. The accompanying organization chart (page A3) shows the city’s major departments. The functions performed and services provided by the police and fire departments and the library are well […]


Dear Good Folks at the Blount Countian, I want to say how pleased I am that you run the Faith Matters column by Pastor Jim Evans in the paper. I look forward to his thoughts every week. He always inspires me to think and to act, with kindness, fairness, and love. His gift is clearly God given and well used, […]

From roof to paint

Life expectancy of home components

Just like the human body, your home is made of parts, all working in unison, many unseen and unthought of during the course of your daily life. From the roof to the foundation, and from the front door to the back, a home consists of literally thousands of components. Ideally, these components might all have an unlimited life expectancy, but […]

Noticed the changes in Blountsville?

Have you noticed the changes in Blountsville lately? The old town square took on a new look in time for the Christmas season. It all started 2.5 years ago, before the new mayor and council took office. Then-Gov. Bob Riley had designated 2010 as the year of small towns and downtowns, but the official deadline to participate was just weeks […]

Alabama Scene

A mulligan for the governor

“Anyone here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother.” Those were the words of our new governor, speaking soon after taking office at the King Memorial Baptist Church a block from the Capitol. I know what he meant. […]

Sledding accident tragic for Straight Mountain woman

Amanda O’Linger of 810 Murphree Road suffered a broken neck following a sled accident in the snow at her home near Appalachian School on Jan. 10. Doctors at UAB hospital, where she was taken for treatment, say she is permanently paralyzed from the neck down. She has remained in the neurological intensive care unit there since the day of the […]