Group works to clean bridge

Local woman deals with pains of Chinese drywall

Imagine living everyday knowing that your home is slowly dying around you. When June Peppers, 63, of Snead, moved into her house at Lee Ridge subdivision in October 2010, she was happy to have found the perfect home to spend her retirement. She had no idea that the interior of her house was decaying at a gradual pace due to […]

Busy week for sheriff’s department

A busy week for the Blount County Sheriff’s Department was capped off by the death of an inmate at the Blount County Correctional Facility yesterday morning. Sheriff Loyd Arrington said that 40-year-old Billy Gassaway was being examined by the jail’s nurse when he collapsed around 7 o’clock. CPR was administered and the inmate was taken to St. Vincent’s Blount where […]

Assistance relief deadline extended

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a 21-day extension of the deadline for Alabama residents impacted by April tornadoes to register for federal disaster assistance. The action is in response to Gov. Robert Bentley’s urgent request. New registration deadline is July 18, 2011. “I want survivors to understand the importance of registering with FEMA and filling out all necessary […]

Silverhaired group urges bills’ passage

When a group of older people got together 20 years ago to form the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature, the welfare and best interests of the age group was a motivating concern, says Sandra Smith of Oneonta, who represents District 34. What better way could these interests be represented today, asks Smith, than by the passage of SB 312, introduced by Sen. […]

Snead hears citizen concerns over senior program and drainage

Two women presented concerns to the Snead Town Council at its latest Monday night meeting. The second, Imogene Brown, sought help in correcting drainage problems at her property on county road 14 and Webb Circle. A widow, Brown indicated she attempts to keep her property looking nice but is having trouble with a broken pipe and a clogged ditch. She […]

Museum to host class on Native American art

Blount County Memorial Museum will present a class on the art of Native American tribes that once resided in Alabama, particularly those that lived in the area closest to Blount County. The class will be conducted by Deondra White, a professional artist and amateur genealogist who lives in Blountsville. It will be held on Thursday, July 7, from 1 p.m. […]

Alabama Scene

A $50,000 contract for no work: WOW

One of the prosecution’s star witnesses, who wore a wire for the FBI in its investigation into possible vote-buying in the bid to allow the people of Alabama a vote on electronic bingo, has testified he received $10,000 to $50,000 a year from a lobbyist who represented the Poarch Creek Indians and their gaming interests. When asked what he did […]

Who’s been digging in my yard?

Have you ever walked out into your wellkept yard and found the sod dimpled by a multitude of cone-shaped craters several inches deep and wide? How about mulch around shrubbery plowed up and scattered or small plants in your garden destroyed and the entire area looking as if rooted up by hogs? If so, you likely have been visited by […]


SAMFORD UNIVERSITY graduates for the spring commencement include the following area residents: Emily Bowen George, Hayden, bachelor of science; Laura Ashley Graves, Locust Fork, bachelor of music; Mary Elizabeth Avery, Oneonta, bachelor of science in educatin; Brandon Charles Bains Neal, Oneonta, juris doctor; Meagan Elizabeth Sloan, Oneonta, bachelor of science, summa cum laude; Jon David Blake, Remlap, master of business […]