Field trips and leaves of absence approved

A March trip to the Tennessee Aquarium for 103 Blountsville Elementary third-grade students and a trip to Six Flags for 30 Southeastern students (grades seven through nine) were approved by the Blount County Board of Education during last week’s meeting. The board also handled several personnel actions, including granting leaves of absence to seven system employees. In other business, the […]

Standridge announces run against ‘Goliath’ Bachus

“It’s a classic case of David vs. Goliath,” David Standridge proclaimed in announcing his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives District 6 race against 10- term incumbent Spencer Bachus, “and I’m David,” he concluded, to the chuckles of the 100-odd well-wishers assembled to hear the announcement. Standridge noted that those who have a background in law enforcement, as he […]

Green unopposed for top county job

Elective office: Probate judge/commission chairmanTerm of office: Six yearsSalary: $81,500 (approximate) Chris Green, 52, current Blount County Revenue Commissioner and son of former Probate Judge and Commiss-ion Chairman Frank Green (1977-1995), is the sole Republican candidate for the dual job, which serves as the chief executive officer for the county. No Democrats qualified for the primary election, meaning Green will […]

Carr looks to third term as county school head

Elective office: Superintendent,Blount County school systemTerm of office: four yearsSalary: $125,000 (approximate) On March 13, James Edward ( Jim) Carr’s name will appear on the Republican primary ballot as the only candidate for the job of Blount County school superintendent. No Democratic candidates have qualified for the job. Carr will run unopposed for the third time in his career as […]

The Christmas dream

We were sitting in a warm kitchen, full of aromas from the holidays, just outside of Jasper. His words took me back more than 50 years ago. To war-torn Italy, just after the Great Depression during World War II. My husband’s grandfather was serving as a young man in the U.S. Army far away from his wife and two young […]

Final list of qualifiers for local offices in March 13 primary

Summary of qualifiers to date(county offices)For probate judge/commission chairman:Chris Green (R) For District 2 commissioner:Jeremy Smith (R)Carthel Self (R)Roger Bullard (R)Andy Neill (R, incumbent) For District 4 commissioner:R.C. Smith (R)Gary Strickland (R) For county board of educationsuperintendent:Jim Carr (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 1:Rodney Dabbs (R)Craig Johnson (R, incumbent) For county board of education, place 2:Jackie Sivley […]

Snead considers water and Lee Ridge; goes into executive session

Meeting an hour earlier than usual, the Snead Town Council did little publicly. Resident “Bo” Kornegay, who has frequently addressed the council on water concerns, thanked councilman Jack Freeman, whom Kornegay credited, with “going above and beyond the line of duty” in a personal attempt to resolve pressure problems on the line serving Kornegay. Mayor Tim Kent, Freeman, and utilities […]

Oneonta looks for part-time workers

The Oneonta City Council announced openings for a part-time library circulation clerk and summer workers with its regular youth employment program. The library position opened with the resignation of another clerk. Councilman Mark Gargus announced the city’s annual invitation for youth interested in working with the parks and recreation department. City manager Ed Lowe advised those attending the Jan. 10 […]

Alabama Scene

A $400 million black hole

It appears the state will face this coming October with a $400 million hole and the possibility of level-funded general fund and education budgets… unless a miracle shows up and that isn’t likely. It appears the legislative and executive leadership in Montgomery does not intend to propose any increase in taxes… period. And there are no miracles in sight so […]


PICTURE MAKERS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB invites anyone who is interested in photography to join their group. The group meets at the Cleveland Fire Hall on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. CAN WE TALK? M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) will hold a community meeting Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Frank Green Building auditorium, […]