Governor signs landfill moratorium

Gov. Robert Bentley appears to have ended the landfill fight in County Line – at least for the next two years. Last Tuesday, the governor signed into law a bill that sets a two-year moratorium on new large landfills. State Rep. Alan Baker, R-Brewton, was the sponsor of the moratorium legislation. The new bill follows on the heels of a […]

Local marine earns Bronze Star in combat

Lance Corporal Joshua E. Fields has earned a Bronze Star for his actions while under enemy fire in Marjah, Afghanistan. The marine has served two years as a rifleman with the 2/9 unit, based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. The actions leading to his award came in September 2010 during his first deployment to Afghanistan. He is scheduled to redeploy […]

‘My favorite part was… kayaking’


Local power employees find a second way to help

After seeing firsthand the devastation from the April 27th tornadoes, Alabama Power employees wanted to give back to their community by helping those affected and in desperate need in Blount County. David Sloan, Alabama Power lineman for more than 26 years, said, “The response to Alabama Power from the community has been overwhelming. Everyone we have encountered in Blount County […]

‘Worth a few minutes of your time to read’

Attached is my son Daniel Jackson’s speech presented at the graduation ceremony for the 2011 class of Susan Moore High School on May 26. … I can echo his sentiments wholeheartedly. Whether or not you choose to publish this, I think it’s worth a few minutes of your time to read. Thanks and God bless. Christopher Jackson Altoona 2011 Valedictory […]

‘Ma’am, find a ditch!’

On April 27, 2011, my husband and I were very frightened by all of the weather warnings. We wanted to find safe shelter and not try to ride out the storm inside our manufactured home. I called our local EMA and asked, “Sir, I live near Highway 27; where is our designated shelter?” The response I received was, “Ma’am, there […]

New bill makes laws tougher on convicted drunk drivers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) congratulates the Alabama Legislature for passing HB 361 requiring ignition interlocks for repeat- and firsttime convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater. The action is none too soon. It makes Alabama the 50th state to enact an ignition interlock law. “MADD believes that lawmakers’ advancing HB 361 will help reduce […]

Alabama Scene

Circus acts continue in Monkey Town

One circus act ends in Montgomery Thursday but another started on Monday so the folks in the seat of Alabama’s government will be entertained continuously this summer with many actors and many antics. The state Legislature comes back to town Thursday to end its 2011 regular session so the state will actually be safe for awhile, and the bars here […]

Investigation leads to chop shop

A drug investigation has led to the arrest of three men in what Blount County Sheriff ’s Department investigators have labeled an extensive and well-organized operation that dealt in narcotics trafficking and stolen vehicles. A search warrant on a chop shop in the Hayden area resulted in the arrest of the three men and the seizure of two Harley Davidson […]

I’m lost!

How to prevent and handle a lost-child situation

A lost child is a parent’s worst nightmare. And, as families plan to spend more time outdoors, on vacation, and in busy public places this summer, it is important to be prepared. A survey of parents by the Center to Prevent Lost Children showed that 90 percent of families will experience losing a child in a public place at least […]