Carthal Self

Carthal Self, 59, was born and raised in the Blountsville area, specifically in the Rock Springs community. He attended elementary school at Rock Springs, long since closed, and graduated from J.B. Pennington High School in 1970. He lives now on county road 30 in the Gibbs Chapel community. He is married to Ann Allison Self, and they have two children; […]

Andy Neill

Andy Neill, 60, was born in Cleveland and grew up in Blount County. He attended elementary school in Oneonta and graduated from J.B. Pennington High School in 1969. He attended college for one year at Jacksonville State and one year at Auburn University, in the pre-veterinary program, before returning to Blountsville to go into full-time farming. He lives on Adams […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]