How to succeed in business by really, really trying

That wasn’t the title of Hatton Smith’s morning wake-up talk at the chamber of commerce breakfast last week, but it could have been – should have been. That was how it felt. Smith is president and chief executive officer of Royal Cup Coffee, headquartered in Birmingham. His talk was actually entitled “Building a Brand” and dealt with the history of […]

Best-of-thebest quilts chosen at show

The 2011 Blount County Quilters Guild Quilt Show, held annually as part of the Covered Bridge Festival, drew several hundred visitors from over the Southeast to Oneonta’s Palisades Park the weekend of Oct 21-Oct. 22. The judged show featured work in 14 categories by quilters from north Alabama. An outside team of experienced judges selected the winners. Best of Show […]

Lee Ridge development not represented at Snead work session

The work session presumed to end the Lee Ridge Drive controversy at Snead did not occur. The council, minus member James Campbell, assembled for the meeting, but developer Terry Stover, his attorney, and his engineer didn’t appear. Mayor Tim Kent had informed councilors at their first October meeting that Stover appeared ready to accept an agreement negotiated between his representatives […]

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A strange case in Baldwin County

State Attorney General Luther Strange has taken the prosecution of a homicide against former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine from Baldwin County’s District Attorney Hallie Dixon after the victim’s family contacted his office. Strange has told the media it wasn’t “a hostile takeover,” but his actions clearly sent a signal contradicting that assertion. He said that to him it appeared […]


DO YOU HAVE COATS hanging in your closet that are too small, too large, or that for whatever reason won’t be worn this winter? Hope House Inc. needs coats to pass on to children and adults who otherwise won’t stay warm on cold days ahead. The Family Resource Center urges that the coats you share be clean and in good […]

If you don’t perform, don’t volunteer

I am writing in regard to the recent article written by Ron Gholson about the West Blount Fire Department. On June 27, at 6 a.m., I discovered our house on fire and I phoned 911 almost immediately. The fire had begun in our basement and I am really not sure how long it had been burning, but it was contained […]

Lindley wins float award

Agigaue recognizes Rhudy as Beloved Woman

Amy Rhudy, curator of Blount County Memorial Museum, has been selected by the Agigaue Club as this year’s Beloved Woman. She will be honored at the club’s annual auction tomorrow ( Thursday) night at Heritage Golf’s Twin Oaks in Oneonta. Rhudy has been curator of the museum for 11 years and has lived in Oneonta for the past 17 years. […]

Civil War historian will talk on Alabamians loyal to the Union

Larry Hathcock, retired school teacher and Civil War historian from Ashville will give a talk entitled “Alabama Tories: Alabamians Who Remained Loyal to the Union” on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 1:00 p.m. at Blount County Memorial Museum. The talk will be supplemented by a slide show and will focus specifically on conditions in pre-Civil War Alabama – particularly in Blount […]

Kids salute their heroes

“We wanted to salute our local heroes and community helpers,” said reading coach Linda Johnson. To celebrate Halloween Monday, Cleveland Elementary students, faculty, and staff dressed as their favorite heroes – some as doctors, nurses, dentists, others as firefighters, and police officers, still others as a county road inspector, librarian, and preacher. Some students wrote thank-you notes to their heroes. […]