Chamblee log cabin relocated to Blountsville Historical Park

One of the county’s oldest houses, dating to the time the county was first settled, has been moved from its original site off Skyball Road and reconstructed in Blountsville Historical park. The crew shown above is handling the job. From left in front are Ken Wilson of Ken Wilson Construction, Blountsville, hired to supervise the removal and reconstruction, and Eddy […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 29, 1985

Bridge built by countians Blount Countians have several reasons to be proud of Blalock Bridge, which is expected to be completed this year, according to Probate Judge Frank Green, County Commission chairman. Residents of Little Shenandoah and others who live on Center Springs Road, which connects Ala 79 and Ala 160, will have the convenience of a safe, reliable bridge […]

Pennington runners compete at state meet


The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state track meet was held earlier this month at Gulf Shores and several athletes and teams from our area competed. A story two weeks ago included the top finishers from the county with one big mistake – the J.B. Pennington boys and girls track teams were left out of the story. Pennington senior […]

Bottomlee signs with Trevecca Nazarene

Wester signs with Gadsden State

Junior Ambassadors tour county seat


Your spiritual GPS

by Lawrence W. Althouse Background Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-13. Devotional Reading: Proverbs 3:5-12. You probably know what the initials “GPS” stand for. But, as I am critical of those who use initials or jargon that they don’t explain, let me establish that GPS stands for “Global Positioning System,” a technology that employs satellites to, as one advertisement put it, “enable you […]


44, Springville, died May 25, 2012, at the residence. Husband to Jodie Williams Beasley, he served in the U.S. Army, was a construction welder, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. Parents Max Allen and Johnnie Fay Bushard Beasley predeceased him. Surviving besides his wife are sons James Edward Beasley Jr., John Ellison Beasley, both of Springville; daughters Nicole Leigh […]


92, widow of Ben Bellenger, died May 21, 2012, at the Cleveland residence. An Etowah County native and a member of Haw Grove Baptist Church, she was the daughter of James Cornelius and Emy Maud Smith Hill. One who set great store by her family, she enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and quilting. Predeceasing Mrs. Bellenger besides her parents and husband were […]


62, Oneonta, died May 24, 2012, at the residence. Husband to Anita Dale Mathus Elrod, he was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he had worked for 27 years, and served in the U.S. Navy. Father Clarence Elrod predeceased him. Surving besides his wife are mother Claudia Rich, Sylvan Springs; sons Chris ( Jennifer) Elrod, Corner, Jason Elrod, Graysville, Kyle […]