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JSU executive Earl Warren to speak at next breakfast



County election results feature District 2 runoff



Andy Neill, currently District 2 commissioner, will face challenger Carthal Self for the Republican Party nomination in the primary runoff election on April 24. Neill finished with 844 votes (35.75 percent) to 756 votes (32.02) percent for Self in the Mar. 13 primary. The winner of the runoff will be unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election, since no Democratic […]

Commission to apply for state ATRIP funds for county roads, CDBG grant for Sugarland area



The Blount County Commission in its Monday business meeting approved applying for Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) funds to improve designated county roads. The ATRIP program was announced last month by Gov. Robert Bentley to improve local transportation infrastructure with a $200 – $300 million statewide program created through federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles (GARVEE) funds. Specific roads […]

Browns replay water complaints at Snead



by Jim Kilgore Jim and Shirley Brown once again appeared at the most recent Snead Town Council meeting to request a $528 refund from the town’s water department. The couple suffered a major leak along their water line in September and October. When the town declined to reduce the bill, the couple paid the approximately $2,000 bill. After due consideration, […]

CASA as seen by others…

What’s the bottom line?

We’ve covered CASA (court-appointed special advocates) in some detail for the past three weeks. Let’s reduce it to the basics here. CASA is an organization of dedicated volunteers who provide critical assistance to some of the county’s most unfortunate children – those who are living in homes where they are abused, mistreated, ignored, or just not taken care of. Or […]

Softball field nears completion

Town of Cleveland

by Courtney Vincent At the Cleveland Town Council meeting last Thursday night, motions were approved which allow for the finishing touches to be made to the town’s new softball field. Superintendent Steve Pass said the electricity at the field is now working, the bases have been delivered, all lighting fixtures have been installed, and the dugouts have been finished. He […]

Alabama Scene

Stupid is as stupid does

What does this line from the Forrest Gump movie mean? One answer I found is that it suggests that an intelligent person who does stupid things is still stupid. In other words, “You are what you do.” Another meaning I found is that you cannot expect anything except stupidity from a stupid person. Gump’s “Stupid is as stupid does” is […]

Group forms to rescue Neely Arts Center



The Neely Arts Center is not for sale. Yet. But it may be in the coming weeks or months because owners Randy and Debra Beason have moved from Oneonta to north Alabama to take on family and property responsibilities in that area. They tried for a time to commute to Oneonta to continue teaching and managing the facility they restored […]

County reports progress on hiring engineer



Interviewing of candidates to fill the vacant position of county engineer began last week and continues into this week, according to county administrator Ralph Mitchell. Five candidates have so far been identified and scheduled for interviews. All are qualified for the job and have previous experience either as a county engineer in another county or as an assistant county engineer, […]


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