What a difference a week makes

Snead fire leads to arson investigation

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced yesterday the fire on Moman Road in the Snead area on Feb. 8 is now being investigated as arson and a homicide. “If you set a fire and someone dies in it, it’s investigated as a homicide,” she said. The victim was identified as 77-year-old Rhonette Lyles, according to Casey. Investigators are following […]

Snowstorm leaves close to 5000 without power

Just under 5000 Blount County Alabama Power customers were left in the dark, some overnight, after last week’s snowstorm, according to Alabama Power office manager Kelley Stone. The hardest hit communities included Blountsville, Snead, and Brooksville, but power outages occurred throughout the county. “Some locations lost power late in the night on Wednesday and were without power throughout a portion […]

Republicans face off in District 13 House primary

Bill Roberts of Jasper, the House District 13 incumbent, will face challenger Connie Cooner Rowe, currently Jasper police chief, in the primary election on June 3, for the seat representing citizens in a sizable portion of Walker County and a small section of western Blount County. Both are Republicans. With the redistricting plan of 2012, Blount County is now split […]

Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts is the incumbent candidate, running for re-election to House District 13. He was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2010. House District 13 includes the westernmost part of the Blount County: the Mt. High precinct and about half of the Smoke Rise precinct. The district includes a sizable portion of Walker county, including Jasper. Born […]

Connie Cooner Rowe

Connie Cooner Rowe is a candidate for House District 13, opposing incumbent candidate Bill Roberts. House District 13 includes the westernmost part of Blount County: the Mt. High precinct and about half of the Smoke Rise precinct. The district includes a sizable part of Walker County, including Jasper. Personal profileAge: none providedBorn and resides in: Jasper Family details: married to […]


Let me start by saying that I am in no way a Broadway critic. But I love the arts and live theater. On Friday night, I went to see the production of The Miracle Worker by William Gibson that the Covered Bridge Players are currently showing at their new location on Ala 231 South. The cast and the production crew […]

Former Mayor Kent rejoins council

After the health-related resignation of councilman Jack Freeman last month, the Snead Town Council advertised for applicants and selected former Mayor Tim Kent to fill the vacant slot. Kent joined the council in its first regular February meeting. Following routine department reports, Mayor Curtis Painter opened the session referring to previously discussed capital improvement funds. Councilman Greg Ogles presented two […]

Correction: McLaughlin qualifies in House District 27

Last week The Blount Countian reported that no Democratic candidate had qualified for any political office directly affecting Blount County. That was incorrect. According to the Alabama Democratic Party, on Friday afternoon, Feb. 7, the last day of qualifying, Jeff McLaughlin of Guntersville qualified to run for the District 27 House of Representatives seat. The district includes two Blount County […]

Our Washington delegation

There are two schools of thought as to what role a U.S. Senator should play in Washington. One model is called the caretaker. This senator believes that he or she should bring home the bacon. If there are any pork projects for roads, schools, bridges, universities, and parks or any grant money in the annual federal budget then that senator’s […]