Bangor volunteer battles fires and cancer

Weeks before he was scheduled to begin EMT school, William Witcher broke down at work with an excruciating headache. Within the next hour, he was in surgery. At 18 years old, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. But that hasn’t slowed Witcher down. The now 19-year-old is continuing to strive for his dream of being a […]

New parties intervene in county right to vote case

Two individuals – Glenn Bynum and Larry Gipson, both of Oneonta – have applied for and been granted permission by the Blount County Circuit Court to intervene in the case of Neal vs. City of Oneonta, otherwise known as the right-tovote case. Both men are Baptist ministers: Gipson at First Baptist Church of Oneonta and Bynum until last fall at […]

Stolen ATVs and lawn mowers recovered

A combined 27 warrants have been issued for five males and one female including 26 counts of theft of property 1st and one count of receiving stolen property, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Suspects, all from the Oneonta area, range in age from 18 to 36. According to Investigator Michael Blackwood, the case began when he recovered a […]

County fair plans progressing nicely, coordinators say

About 90 percent complete. That’s where fair plans and arrangements stand as of last Thursday, Aug. 22. That’s according to county fair coordinators, actually co-coordinators, Kelly Doty and Joan Epps who were appointed to ”make the fair happen” in the wake of former Agribusiness Center executive director Keith Hamby’s resignation on July 12. Both women attributed the fair’s on-time status […]

Odd name

Every so often I read in The Blount Countian of a church service held south of Cleveland on Ala. 79. That place is Blow Gourd. I was raised in the Blow Gourd area and always thought that name sort of odd. Another town in Alabama used to be called Jug Town. The good people of the town got together and […]

Prayer walk for schools

The Lord has impressed upon me to do a prayer walk for Locust Fork Schools. I take my grandson to school and then go to the park to walk. I pray for the Lord to place a hedge around our campus to protect the lives of the students to keep them safe so they can learn, for teachers that love […]

What is a right?

What is a right? It would seem the answer to this question would be obvious. A right is a legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way…right? My favorite color is red. It is my right to wear a red shirt any day of the week. I can’t be told that I can’t wear […]

Big tobacco takes shot at consumer safety

Just a few short years ago, while serving as a lobbyist for the American Heart Association, I was proud to work on passage of The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a piece of federal legislation that gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over tobacco products. It’s one of those things that makes you say, […]


Football vs. Politics

As we approach Labor Day, foremost on most Alabamians’ minds is the beginning of college football season. Traditionally, Labor Day has also marked the kickoff of the political campaign season. As we head into the Labor Day weekend of 2013, my suspicion is that more of you are excited about this Saturday’s first games of the season than who is […]

Cleveland making progress on youth football field

For the last year-and-a-half, the town of Cleveland and the municipal park and recreation board have invested $30,000 in a youth football field, and now they are asking their community to continue helping them in completing it. “It is currently usable,” said Cleveland council member Tommy Swindle. “But we still need lights, goalposts, bathrooms, hopefully a playground, and we need […]