Keeping our schools safe

Last Friday, Sandy Hook Elementary students stepped out of yellow buses, walked through school doors, answered roll call, and began their morning lessons. A morning ritual similar to any school in the country – including schools in Blount County. “I don’t think there was a school system in the country that wasn’t affected by this,” said Craig Sosebee, federal programs […]

Snead hears of available road funds

Blount County District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self addressed the Snead Town Council on road grants at its December meeting. Self explained Gov. Robert Bentley has directed ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) to set aside funds for roadwork within Alabama counties and municipalities. Self noted the county commission will apply for the maximum of $2 million available. He conjectured that the […]

Standridge sworn in as District 34 State Representative

David Standridge, winner of the Dec. 11 runoff for District 34 State Representative, is sworn in Wednesday last week by District Judge Sherry Burns. Holding the Bible is Standridge’s wife, Danna. Standridge said he was informed by the Governor election evening that he would take office at midnight that night (that’s 12 a.m. on 12/12/12 for you astrology buffs) and […]

Controversy over use of county roads builds toward February climax


A lawsuit filed by landowner and timber interests in Blount County against Blount County and District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong, is set for hearing in Blount County Circuit Court on Feb. 12, 2013. It is shaping up as a collision with statewide implications between logging interests and the Blount County Commission – by implication between logging interests and county commissions […]

Anger, guilt, and prayer


Last Friday, I picked Jakob up from daycare like I do almost every weekday. But this time, it was different. Very different. Here at The Blount Countian, like a lot of you, we had spent most of the day doing what we would normally do – but also keeping an eye on the television and monitoring the horrific event in […]

Stolen flowers

To whom this may concern: My daddy, Rayford Harper, passed away May 18 from brain cancer. He was a wonderful man and was loved by everyone that knew him. He had a heart of gold and helped everyone he could. One thing he didn’t like was a thief. We put fall flowers on his grave in October and a few […]

Four Republicans qualify for District 11 State Representative

Four Republican candidates – all from Cullman County – have qualified as of yesterday for the District 11 House of Representatives seat left vacant when former State Rep. Jeremy Oden resigned to take a job as commissioner on the Alabama Public Service Commission. Qualifying deadline is today at 5 p.m. District 11 includes about a fourth of Blount County, located […]

Santa’s (Hope House) Workshop

A look at state mayoral elections


by Steve Flowers During the 2012 presidential year we enjoyed observing the presidential race nationwide as well as judicial races statewide. However, probably the most important races to many of you occurred during the dog days of summer. We had mayor’s races throughout the state this year. All municipalities with the exception of Montgomery, Birmingham, and Mobile elected their mayor […]


Merit board testimony concludes in Mitchell case

Testimony before the merit board in the hearing on the firing of former county administrator Ralph Mitchell concluded last Friday afternoon, with Probate Judge Chris Green as the final witness. Blount County Merit Board chairman Bill Newman said the board will meet again tomorrow ( Thursday) to begin deliberation. The timing of a decision will depend on the progress the […]