Blount County circuit clerk’s office will maintain normal hours

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb has issued an administrative order to close state circuit court clerks’ offices to the public for up to 10 hours a week, but Blount County Circuit Clerk Mike Criswell has announced that normal business hours in this county’s office will be maintained at present. Criswell told The Blount Countian his office had […]

New school at Southeastern

The new Southeastern High School is slowly becoming a reality. Construction continues on the new school, which is located in front of the elementary school on Ala 75. “We have an inspection scheduled for tomorrow ( Thursday),” said Blount County Supt. Jim Carr. “If all goes well, and we believe it will, we should be ready to move in a […]


‘Counties in Crisis’ characterizes quality of life

“Counties in Crisis: Assessing Quality of Life in Alabama” is a scholarly report just released by the Center for Leadership and Public Policy through Alabama State University. On a county-by-county basis, data in it are compiled on a variety of indicators that fall under four major quality-of-life categories: economy, healthcare, public safety, and education. By way of example, some of […]

County commission handles routine business

The Blount County Commission handled a number of routine matters at its Monday business meeting, including approval of mailing the invitations for annual bids for goods and services, and approving a resolution requesting that federal disaster assistance for debris removal for April tornadoes be restored to the 90 percent level, retroactive to July 13. Annual sealed bids will be taken […]

More wins for Mitchell

No more deer

I read with interest an article a few weeks back written by Phil Miller. I can relate very well about the nuisance of deer. I moved out of Birmingham eight years ago to Pine Mountain in Blount County. I have had more than my share of the beautiful creatures. I have had as many as nine in my front yard […]

Helping tobacco users quit

Tori Howell never thought she could give up cigarettes. She had quit several times before, but it never lasted long. When she heard about a free service of the Alabama Department of Public Health offering counseling and medication to help her quit, she was ready to try again. Six month later, the 50-year-old Fairhope resident is glad she did. She’s […]

Pete Shirley Tire moves off the hill

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The Delta deception

I have been a loyal member of Delta SkyMiles for many years, even reached the Platinum Medallion Level once, but it was bumped down a notch by the new Diamond Level a few months back. Now I’m back at the lowly Gold Level, which is just a notch above the Silver Level and two notches above the seat by the […]


Area students receiving associate degrees or certificates 2011 spring semester from Snead State Community College, Boaz, are these: Altoona – Alden James Blethen, criminal justice; Dillon Jordan Dyer, communication/ speech; Whitley L. Gladden, child development; Amy R. Matthews, accounting; Laura L. Smith, English/language arts education; Jessica Leigh Thompson, office administration; Janice Kaye Warren, nursing; Rachel Nicole Williams, biology. Blountsville – […]