EXTENSION WELCOMES PUBLIC INPUT Blount County Extension office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Syustem invites you to provide input into county and state programming efforts in 2012 and beyond. A grassroots meeting will be conducted Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the Frank Green Building auditorium, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. The program will get underway at 6 p.m. The information you […]


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 – […]

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 […]

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