Council honors Oneonta High School head football coach

Recognizing the accomplishments of the 2011 Oneonta High School football team and head coach Don Jacobs, Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray presented a plaque to Jacobs at the council’s most recent regular meeting. All council members spoke of Jacob’s success with a team many had thought would enjoy only moderate success. The proclamation underscores Jacob’s selection as one of the top […]

Susan Moore wrestlers win state

Guilty verdicts returned

A Birmingham man was found guilty by a Blount County jury last week for the 2008 robbery of the Mitie Quick Mart/BP on U.S. 231. Michael C. Parker, 22, held a gun on the teenage cashier and another teenage customer during the robbery. Video surveillance cameras inside the store identified the suspect and he was later picked out of a […]

Four candidates vie for District 2 commission job

Elective office: District 2 commissionerTerm of office: four yearsAnnual salary: $40,360 (approximate) It seems fitting that District 2, the county’s largest district, stretching from just outside Cleveland on the south to Strawberry on the north and from the Marshall County line to the Cullman County line on the east and west respectively – and containing more than a third of […]

The campaign for Congress

Why they call it ‘running’

It’s David vs. Goliath, all over again. This time it’s for real as Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge hits the campaign trail in his quest to unseat 6th Congressional District incumbent Spencer Bachus – “Goliath” – from his fortified perch of 10 terms in office. The Blount Countian caught up with Standridge several days ago to ask about the […]

Snead’s Freeman reveals wish list

In a relatively short meeting for the Snead Town Council and with two members absent, councilman Jack Freeman took the opportunity to reveal his wish list for the town. Indicating with his age he might not be able to accomplish all he would like, Freeman identified several dreams he has for the town. First on his list is for the […]

Final list of qualifiers for local offices in March 13 primary

Summary of qualifiers(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 2:Jackie Sivley (R) Summary […]


In last week’s interview with R.C. Smith concerning his candidacy for the District 4 commissoner’s job, The Blount Countian incorrectly reported his wife’s name. Her correct name is Sherry Reid Smith. The paper also reported that his two grandchildren, who the Smiths have been raising since 2002, are adopted. They are not. The Smiths have court-ordered custody of the two […]

Alabama Scene

Paying legislators

Five years ago I probably wrote the only editorial in an Alabama newspaper supporting the 62-percent pay raise state legislators gave themselves on a voice vote that shielded them from public scrutiny of how they voted. It technically was not a salary increase because the only salary they were paid then and now is an annual amount of $1,050 fixed […]

Roger Bullard

Roger Bullard, 62, was born in Blountsville and raised on a farm on Hamilton Mountain Road. He attended schools at Royal Elementary, now closed, and entered high school at J. B. Pennington, dropping out in the tenth grade to go to work full time at what was then Spring Valley chicken processing plant, now owned by Tyson. He now lives […]