Standridge announces retirement plans

David Standridge, who has served as Blount County’s probate judge and commission chairman since 2007, announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection to the job that amounts to the chief executive position for the county. “At the end of my term in January of 2013, I’ll have 27 years service with the county, and I’ve made the decision to […]


Top news stories of 2011 in Blount County

How do we determine what the top stories are? It might be the number of articles we devoted to the subject – an indication of how long and how much it was on people’s minds. It might be based on how important to the public an event was, regardless of the number of articles devoted to it. Most people wouldn’t […]

United Way reaches local goal

The 2011 fundraising campaign has ended and Blount County’s businesses and individuals once again showed their support for the United Way of Central Alabama. The fundraising effort raised $41,562 and the money will support more than 80 partners and programs in Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, and Walker counties. “Without fail, year after year, Blount County neighbors warm my heart […]

Blountsville striving for improved appearance

Blountsville Mayor Randy Millwood, and the Blountsville town council members present at last week’s meeting, approved several motions in a collective effort to improve the community’s overall appearance. Although the town received a grant in 2010 to renovate the city pool, structural issues have since been discovered. After an executive session, the mayor and council voted to allow Keith Owens […]

Parent Portal coming for Blount County schools

The INow Parent Portal will debut next month, according to the Blount County school system. Parent Portal, which replaces STI Home, will be available to parents of Blount County system students beginning Jan. 13. Parents will receive new log-ins and directions with the first semester report cards that will be sent home that day. Parents will be able to set […]

Qualifying update…

No new candidates qualify over holidays

Though no new candidates qualified since last week, an important change took place with Probate Judge/ Commission Chairman David Standridge’s announcement that he will retire following his present term and will not seek re-election. The announcement leaves current Revenue Commisioner Chris Green as the sole candidate so far who has qualified to run for the probate judge/commission chairman position. (See […]


A disclaimer for the ad for Probate Judge candidate Chris Green in Section C of The Blount Countian issue of December 21 was inadvertently omitted. The ad should have included the following: Paid political ad by Chris Green, 1515 Barwick Road, Blountsville, AL 35031.


Alabama Scene

Will Bob Riley plead the Fifth?

A federal judge ruled last month that former Gov. Bob Riley must be available to testify in the retrial of the bingo defendants, which begins on Jan. 30. United States Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Jr. said Milton McGregor’s lawyers showed sufficient reasons to subpoena Riley, including information that the former governor talked to at least one of the defendants about […]


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