Miss Covered Bridge 2013

Ellen Hardy

Ellen Hardy of Anniston is crowned Miss Covered Bridge 2013 by 2012 Miss Covered Bridge Alyssa Boyd. The pageant, held Sunday night, is both a kickoff event for the Covered Bridge Festival, and an official Miss Alabama qualifying preliminary. As winner, Hardy will become a contestant at the 2013 Miss Alabama Pageant held next June at Samford University, where she […]

Runoff set for District 34



David Standridge and Chris Latta will face off in the District 34 runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Standridge drew 1917 votes (34.87%) to Latta’s 1239 votes (22.54%) in yesterday’s Republican Primary. No Democrats qualified for the race. House seat 34 came open officially on Sept. 1 when Elwyn Thomas retired after receiving an appointment from Gov. Bentley to head the […]

Finances of wet, dry liquor campaigns contrast greatly



Amid rumors of improprieties on bothsides, both campaigns – in favor of andopposed to liquor sales in Blount County –were forthcoming in providing financialrecords of their expenditures to The BlountCountian. Both said in effect that they hadnothing to hide and were perfectly willingfor citizens to be informed of their fundraising and expenditure activities in connection with the upcoming countywide referendum […]

Twelve plead guilty



Since Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey took office, she has been working to clean up the backlog of cases that have been pending since she became District Attorney. “We have 688 cases pending, but we are attempting to bring that down to 200 cases,” Casey said. “One thing I won’t do is dismiss cases, but we are trying to […]

Bridges open as promised in time for Covered Bridge Festival



It’s been a long time since renovating the county’s three covered bridges was first discussed in a county commission meeting in 2003. The initiative finally came to life in 2009 when the bridges were closed as a public safety precaution after they failed load tests during a structural analysis. The analysis showed they needed extensive repair including structural support, roof […]

It’s time



I remember being a little girl living in a small house on a dirt road in Cleveland. In the winter I would watch my father get up before dawn every Sunday morning and drive to the church. He would put wood in the stove to make sure it was warm for everyone during morning services. I remember him as being […]

Radio-thon big success



The 2012 Blount County Education Foundation Radiothon was a tremendous success! The final total was the highest ever – $131,633!!! What an amazing day we had at WCRL during the broadcast! Interviews, trivia, announcements, and skits were the order of the day and all were highly informative as well as entertaining! The Blount County Education Foundation is so excited and […]

Petition forgeries



Our names were forged too. The wet/dry issue is polarizing, but we are not writing to defend our position. Anyone who knows us knows where we stand, and we think enough has been said for people to decide how they will vote. However, we do take issue with our name being used in this way. We have spent our lives […]

The option to choose



I am ashamed at the way some of the citizens of this county have behaved and continue to behave. I signed the petition with pride because I wanted a choice to consume alcohol or not to consume alcohol in my home county. That is what this is for many citizens – a choice, a decision for an individual to make […]

We won!



I received a telephone call notifying me that I was a guaranteed winner in a contest. The canned voice said it would be to my advantage to call a 1-800 number to see what I had won. Blount County has a guaranteed winner in our remaining covered bridges. It would be to our advantage to honor and maintain these treasures. […]


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