Wallace State breaks ground on new nursing, science center

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville broke ground recently on a new building to house the School of Nursing and Center for Science. The $25 million facility, designed by Williams Blackstock Architects of Birmingham, will contain 115,000 square feet of stateof the-art lecture halls, laboratories, and collaborative learning spaces. It is expected to open in fall 2013. A hospital “simulation […]

Redskins to play in Final Four

The Oneonta Redskins went to the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University with a chance to win the boys and girls titles. One out of two ain’t bad. The Lady Redskins knocked out tournament favorite Anniston in the first round but came up short less than 24 hours later against Jacksonville. The boys did them one better as the Redskins […]

CASA calls for reinforcements as budget crunch approaches

CASA, a group that provides critical services to some of the county’s most unfortunate children, met yesterday to discuss two impending problems facing the organization: (1) replacing the primary grant that keeps them afloat but that expires at the end of this calendar year, and (2) replacing several members of the board lost through attrition in order to have a […]

A hero among us

Oswald Thomas is quite simply a hero – a hero born and raised here in Blount County, and one who has never before shared his story. I had the privilege of meeting this humble man at his home in Susan Moore one Saturday morning in February. Oswald, or “Oz” as he’s referred to by family and friends, is still living […]

Commission schedules evening work session; changes dates of both monthly meetings

The Blount County Commission announces the following changes of meeting times. The commission’s monthly work session will be held the evening of Thurs-day, March 15, at 6 p.m. The regular monthly business meeting will be held Monday, March 19, at 9 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the commission boardroom at the courthouse. Changes were made to avoid possible […]

Appalachian hits Smart Board jackpot

Appalachian School was awarded a $10,000 grant in funds from CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development Council to install Smart Boards in its elementary school classrooms. Along with $10,000 in matching funds added by the Blount Count school system and $5,000 in additional funds, 15 Smart Boards were provided, equipping every K-6 classroom at Appalachian with the new technology. In addition, […]

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 […]

Alabama Scene

Justice Department tried to force FBI agent to lie

Some call comments short of a lie “misleading.” The term FBI agent George Glaser of Mobile used to describe “not guilty of lying” last Friday, as the government’s testimony in Bingo Trial II came grinding to a halt with Glaser as the last witness, was “misspeaking.” The Justice Department was trying to coerce Glaser into recanting his previous testimony revealing […]

Hayden junior high wrestling team finishes successful year


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