Ten arrests made after meth bust

Ten people were arrested last Wednesday after the Blount County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip about a meth lab on Panther Trail in Brooksville, according to Investigator Jason Paul. Tracy Hudson and Christopher King of Blountsville, Mark Nix of Cullman, Jannea Campbell and Kenneth Reeves of Altoona, Clifford Cunningham of Guntersville, Darrell Hancock of Boaz, and Benjamin McClendon of […]

Football is back

Rising college costs put higher education increasingly out of reach for poor, middle classes

Do you realize how high costs of attending college have gotten? Do you know how fast they’re continuing to rise? The charts that follow show resident tuition costs at several levels of public higher education in Alabama. They show total estimated costs based on published figures for the various institutions, and provide a basis for comparing the cost of a […]

On the payroll but not on the job

County administrator:

County commission officials informed The Blount Countian Friday that county administrator Ralph Mitchell was asked last week to absent himself from the courthouse for a few days. According to a meeting between The Blount Countian and county commissioners Waymon Pitts, Dean Calvert, and Allen Armstrong, Mitchell’s employment status is unchanged. He is not on administrative leave, they emphasized, he’s just […]

The closing college door

One of the delights of growing old is the ability to admit your failures and flaws. That’s because there is no use in denying what everyone can clearly see. What they can’t see but what I know is how hard college was for me. Having attended 12 schools in two states between the ages of 6 and 14, none of […]

The gun is loaded

As I put the stamp on the petition with several signatures to mail to Citizens for Blount County’s Future, I pause to think. Some people in Blount County are getting ready to shoot themselves in the foot. The gun is loaded and aimed…why? So alcoholic beverages cannot be sold in Blount County? So Blount County stays pure and special? Without […]

Personnel and bids dominate agenda

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education made several late-summer personnel moves just weeks ahead of the opening of the 2012-2013 school year. Announced as new employees were Rachel Doak Fallin, physical education aide, Appalachian; Erica Whited, family and consumer science teacher, Appalachian; Dustin Young, teacher, Susan Moore High; Raymon Moore and John McRae, utility bus drivers; Melissa Bridges, bus aide, […]


Get a road program

The second regular legislative session of the quadrennium ended a few months ago with a plethora of legislation. It was not quite as prolific as last year, but pretty close. However, it was just as conservative as the first. This group may not be deliberative but they are very focused, efficient, and productive. Gov. Bentley does not appear to be […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 7, 1969

Brothers attack brothers in double tragedy Two brothers from Arab route two were charged here with the death and stabbing of two other brothers from the Strawberry Community (near Blountsville). A 52-year-old from Strawberry was reported to have been shot four times with a .22-calibre rifle while he was in his garden along highway 231, some 300 feet from his […]

Redskins face new opponents in 2012


The Oneonta Redskins are coming off a magical 2011 season that ended with a trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium and a tough loss in the 4A title game to Jackson. If Don Jacobs’s team is to return to the top of Class 4A, they will have to negotiate their way through a schedule that is loaded with potential trouble early and […]