Citizens Academy to begin in February

The Oneonta Police Department has announced that the second Citizens Academy will begin in February. Taught by members of the Oneonta Police Department – and possibly instructors from other agencies – the Citizens Academy demonstrates how law enforcement operates. “We hope to make the academy both fun and informative,” said Oneonta police chief James Chapman. “ “We want to present […]

Weekend shooting leaves one man dead in Cleveland

The Blount County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate a weekend shooting that left one man dead. Deputies were called to a residence on Tuscaloosa Pike in Cleveland early Saturday morning after a call to 911 reported a shooting. At the residence, 50-year-old Abraham Castillo Chevez was found dead of a single gunshot wound after what authorities determined as a […]

Former Blount County man pleads guilty to securities fraud

David Ray Pinyan, formerly of Blount County, pleaded guilty this week in Montgomery Circuit Court to a single count of fraud in connection with the the sale of securities, according to a release from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey and Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) director David Borg. Pinyan, now a resident of Tennessee, had been in jail since November […]

Burns is unopposed in district judge election

Elective office: district judgeTerm of office: six yearsAnnual salary: $115,000 (approximate) Sherry Burns will run unopposed in the Republican primary for her first elected term as district judge of the 41st judicial circuit covering Blount County. She has been serving in that office since August 2010 when she was appointed to fill the position at the retirement of former District […]

Criswell unopposed as he seeks circuit clerk job


Elective position: circuit clerkTerm of office: six yearsAnnual salary: $106,000 (approximate) “I’ve run with opposition a couple of times and without opposition a couple of times. I like it a lot better without,” Mike Criswell said with a passing smile. “I assume that means people think I’m doing a good job, since no one’s running against me.” Maybe so, or […]

Blountsville continues to work on appearance

The Blountsville Town Council meeting held Monday night centered mainly around the continued efforts being made in improving the community’s overall appearance. Several specific issues were addressed in regards to this topic. Building inspector and park director Danny Stephens furnished the council with files containing pictures and details on a number of properties which will be added to the current […]

Solid Waste Authority meeting set

The Blount County Solid Waste Authoity will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in the county commission boardroom at the Blount County Courthouse. To request further information or to ask to be added to the agenda to address the authority, call chairman Bob Shows at (205) 680-0009. The meeting is open to the public.

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 Stricklin (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 […]

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In contempt of justice

Last month, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s contempt order against two Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers who participated in the failed prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska in 2009. William Welch II and Brenda Morris, the lead prosecutors in the case, were held in contempt along with another Justice Department official for […]

County real estate statistics show snapshot of economic downturn

A January real estate sales newsletter called The Hot Sheet provides an overall snapshot of the real estate market in Blount County, including a glimpse of changes over the period of the economic downturn. Below are some of the numbers reported. Some of the numbers could vary slightly from day to day, depending on each day’s sales activity. Number of […]