Domestic incident results in Locust Fork death

A domestic incident in the Locust Fork area late Monday night resulted in the death of 28-year-old Larry Joe Crozier Jr. According to the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, Crozier was pronounced dead at the Locust Fork Fire Department where he was taken to be air lifted to a Birmingham hospital. The incident occurred just after 11 o’clock Monday evening and […]

Citizens react to landfill meeting

On Saturday morning after a Tuesday night County Line town meeting, some 75 or more landfill opponents met at the Circle M Builders building, adjacent to the town hall. Probate Judge David Standridge informed them of the Blount County Commission’s support and encouraged citizens to communicate with calls and letters to the governor and to local officials. “I have made […]

Relay for Life is signature fundraiser

What is Relay for Life? It is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. Blount County’s relay will be held again at the Oneonta depot/walking track at Oneonta Recreation Park on Friday, May 13. This year’s goal is $56,000. Twenty-two teams are competing to raise the most money. Theme is “Cure is the Word,” a take-off of a 1950s era […]


NARFE MEETING National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Thursday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. This date is one week later than usual. EASY CANOE TRIP on the Locust Fork River will be sponsored April 30 by Friends of the Locust Fork River and the Sierra Club. The groups invite all to paddle an […]

From the Archives

April 24, 1980 County commission extends polling hours Polls will remain open longer on election day in the future, Blount County Commission has declared. Voters will have 11 hours in which to get to the polling places instead of 10 as in the past. Commission chairman Frank Green said a law passed now requires county commissions to set the hours […]

Redskins only team to make the field

The Oneonta Redskins have been ranked in every high school baseball poll this year. This week, the Redskins will get a chance to start proving those rankings true. Oneonta will host Haleyville for a doubleheader Friday starting at 5 p.m. with the third game, if necessary, set for a 12 noon start on Saturday. The Redskins are the champions of […]

Cleveland girls are third grade champions

The Cleveland third-grade girls basketball team went 8-0 during the regular season and were champions in the Blount County Rec League. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Brennan Browning, Kiley Adams, and Maci Gilliland. Middle row (l to r) Hannah Lauderdale, Bethany Reed, Madison Love, Haley Tripp, and Audra Graves. Back row (l to r) head coach Heath Lauderdale […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is now looking for officials for the 2011 season. For more information, contact Tim Clevenger at 205- 617-1102 or Blake Pettus at 429-2079. REDSKIN CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Thursday, April 21, at Limestone Springs. The format is four-man scramble and there will be two flights with first flight teeing off at 9 a.m. Entry […]

The bookworm sez

Crazy U

On any normal day, your teenager couldn’t care less about the Postal Service. Oh, sure, there’s some interest around his birthday when the mail might hold a card with a “little extra” from Grandma, but email and text are his main communication tools. Snail mail is old school. But then there’s that period in life when the mailbox is your […]


The Easter faith

Background Scripture: Matthew 18:1-17. Devotional Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:8-15. Without Easter, there would likely not be a Christianity. There is one basic reason why it came into being and persists today: Satan’s loudest “ No” was not able to drown out God’s quiet “Yes.” Humans had done their worst, but in raising Jesus from the bands of death, God’s best […]