Blount County Education Foundation increases classroom grant amount

“The foundation is thrilled to be able to increase the amount awarded for grants for the 13th year in a row. This is possible due to the great support of our partners and donors who have contributed to the Blount County Education Foundation.” said Mitchie Neel. The Blount County Education Foundation announced the 2011- 2012 grant winners Thursday on the […]

Golden tree on display at courthouse

More candidates qualify for county, state offices

Since the initial Nov. 23 report on candidates qualifying for the March 13 primary election, two more candidates have qualified for both county and state offices. All are Republicans. Recent qualifiers for county offices For District 2 commissioner: Roger Bullard (R) For county board of education superintendent: Jim Carr (R) Recent qualifiers for state offices For circuit judge: Greg Reid […]

And the tree was lighted

People of all ages celebrated the beginning of the Yuletide Friday night at the town of Cleveland’s second annual Christmas in the Park. “We had entertainment provided by the Cleveland Patherettes and Cleveland High Band. We had a Christmas-tree lighting when people could bring their own ornaments for the tree, and Santa Claus came to town,” Mayor Jerry Jones said […]

More Ala 160 specifics needed

We have read Ron Gholson’s front-page article of the Nov. 30 issue of The Blount Countian concerning the Ala 160 status. Ron, you seem to try to balance the scales when the scales don’t even exist. What we believe the Smoke Rise Homeowners’ representatives were trying to accomplish is ensure a fair shake for our area without any politics. We […]

Water customers continue to seek relief

We would like to thank Snead councilman, Mr. Jack Freeman, for his devoted and courageous attempt seeking council adjustment for the excessive water-line leak we had. Mr. Freeman stood alone in this attempt at Monday night’s council meeting Nov. 28, 2011. We regret that other members of the council would not endorse an emergency relief adjustment for the excessive leak. […]

Chief juvenile probation officer deeply grateful

In this world of terrorism, economic crises, scandals, natural disasters and the list goes on…there is still good in this world. I have experienced a true “Christmas Blessing” this year right here in Blount County, Alabama. As many readers of this paper know, the Blount County Juvenile Probation Office has dealt with a financial crisis over the past several months. […]

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Thank you for your service Paul Hubbert

Paul Hubbert has spent his career trying to improve education in Alabama and has been called in political circles the state’s “real governor,” but the one time he ran for office, he was defeated by a man who didn’t attend a day of college. This past week the Alabama Education Association (AEA) he has led for 42 years named his […]

Snead work session fails to produce water discount

Snead councilman Jack Freeman could not win support at the council’s work session Nov. 28 for his plan to offer discounts to town water customers with high water bills. Freeman had proposed at the council’s first November meeting that customers who had water bills $100 greater than their average be allowed to pay a reduced $3.50-perthousand gallons rate one time […]


PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will again sell hickory-smoked hams this holiday season. The 18-20 pound hams will be available Dec. 16-21 for $45 each. To place your order or pick up hams, phone Charles Head, 681-0341 or 516-7656. Last day to order is Monday, Dec. 19. Hams may be picked up at Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, […]