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New urgent care clinic coming to I-65/Hayden



A 10-room medical clinic described as an urgent care facility will be built in the Hayden area near I-65, according to Dr. Mike Patton, the internal medicine physician who is building the facility and will practice there. The building, housing the clinic and a pharmacy, will be located near I-65 adjacent to the Traditions Bank building. Ground-breaking will begin immediately, […]

Pay as you go, tax at rack, indexing – three possible fixes for A Silent Crisis



According to A Silent Crisis, Alabama’s county roads and bridges have been allowed to deteriorate so long from lack of adequate funding that restoring them has become a problem of crisis proportions. The booklet, produced by county engineers and the Alabama Department of Transportation, is quite convincing on that score. But it doesn’t lay out any solutions for addressing the […]

‘SOME PEOPLE PLAY GOLF…’

Thomas builds a musical tradition

Jimmy Thomas is undoubtedly the world’s leading musical-instrument maker who spent his working life as a pipe fitter. He worked in heavy industry until he retired years ago to take up hobby carpentry in his woodworking shop across the yard from his house in Smoke Rise. His wife bought him a wood lathe and he began turning out salt and […]

Chadwick to lead the Eagles



The Blount County Board of Education approved Kenneth Chadwick as the new head football coach at Appalachian during a special meeting last week. Chadwick comes to Appalachian from Clay-Chalkville Middle School where he has been head football and head track coach for the last two years. He has also worked as a varsity offensive assistant coach at Clay-Chalkville High School […]

Log trucks under scrutiny



This letter is in response to the article “A Silent Crisis gets noisier” and the Commission passing a resolution allowing it to set more restrictive weight limits on county roads than those prescribed by the state. It instructs the county engineer “to issue and manage the permitand bond-process for the use of these roads.” Roads deteriorating in the state and […]

Celebrate Altoona and enjoy a funfilled day



Among celebrities expected to participate in Altoona Day on Saturday, May 14, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. are Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, and Maggie Peterson, who was Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show. These are but two of the performers who will help Altoona celebrate. Headliner is new country music artist […]

North Alabama Junior Beef Expo



Thanks to all who made fundraiser so successful



Members of the Blountsville Neighborhood Watch wish to express heartfelt appreciation to every person who made our roadblock fundraising Saturday, April 9, for Chief Ray Baxley’s medical expenses so very successful. Randy Millwood, our current mayor, and Bob Sharpe, our previous mayor, participated very actively in this effort. They even took their turns at manning positions with police hats in […]

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In defense of Gov. Bentley

The daily newspaper in Montgomery used a blazing headline across the top of its front page Sunday to announce that Gov. Robert Bentley is paying three members of his staff above the salary set under law for their jobs. This is old news. The Independent and several other news organizations published the information several weeks ago. I don’t think we […]


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