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Meet Zac Marsh

New county administrator begins second week on job

Prediction: Zac Marsh will become famous for at least two prominent characteristics – that easygoing 1000-watt smile, and the business skill that can’t be taught – the absolutely convincing sense he projects that he wants to be of assistance, to help anyone that comes his way with a need. It’s not in the job description, but for a county administrator, […]

Evans drops out of House race; Shedd will be state representative

Kelly Evans, the lone Democratic candidate for the District 11 Alabama House of Representatives seat, dropped out of the race last week. Evans, who maintains two residences – one in Cleveland and one in Hanceville – said there had been uncertainty about her official residence from the moment she qualified to run. The initial word from the Democratic Party was […]

St. Vincent’s Blount responds to rumors

Over the course of the last month, The Blount Countian has received a number of calls concerning St. Vincent’s Blount hospital. All reflected a concern that something has been or is happening at the hospital. The most recent of these calls took a specific form: “Is the hospital going to close?” On Monday, the paper posed that question directly, along […]

Four die in two Blount County wrecks

Last week, four people died and three were injured in two separate vehicle accidents that occurred in Blount County, according to the Alabama Highway Patrol. On Friday, at approximately 2 p.m., Bryan Keith Reese, 23, of Red Bay, and Paul Marin, 31, of Boaz, were fatally injured in a four-vehicle wreck that occurred five miles north of Oneonta on Ala […]

Commission approves shared funding for 10th SRO

The Blount County Commission voted Monday to make funding available to hire an additional School Resource Office (SRO) to provide security to the learning center for children with disabilities at Cleveland, the nearby Career Tech Center, and the alternative school at Allgood for students with disciplinary issues. Those buildings are now assigned to the SRO for Cleveland High and Cleveland […]


A balanced budget requires more revenue

The 2013 Legislative Session is heading into the homestretch. Balancing the state General Fund budget will again be the paramount problem this year as legislators put the final pieces of the puzzle together. It is apparent that there is not enough revenue to meet the basic needs of state government. The Governor and the Legislature have adamantly declared that they […]

Cleveland Elementary implements leadership program

After Cleveland Elementary principal Randy Walker entered Moulton Elementary School everything clicked. “I saw how the building looked, and how the students behaved and I knew this was what I wanted Cleveland Elementary to be. However, prior to then, I didn’t know what to call it,” he said. Now, after Walker’s visit, Cleve-land is in the beginning stages of becoming […]

Oneonta fire chief to retire

David Osborne’s storied career as a firefighter began with $1.50. In 1974, that was the fee to take the police/firefighter test. Now, almost 40 years later, Osborne will end his time as a fireman on April 30, when his retirement from the Oneonta Fire Department becomes official. “I didn’t dream of being a fireman, but once I got into it […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian April 7, 2010

King transfers Warrior ‘tax grab’ case to Jefferson County Circuit Court Blount County Circuit Judge Steven King, in a hearing last Friday, ruled that the proper venue for the case brought by the Blount County district attorney against the city of Warrior is the Circuit Court of Jefferson County. The court’s amended order of March 18, deferring tax collection in […]