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 […]

Smith signs with Wallace State

Ashley Smith, Susan Moore High School Senior, signed a scholarship with the Wallace State Lady Lions to play softball. Her primary position with the Lady Lions will be catcher. Ashley has a high school career batting average of .421 (grades 9 through 11). She has been All-Area catcher each of her high school years and was MVP of the 2013 […]

That’s a big leaf!

Serving the kind of food ‘people grew up on’

Owning a restaurant has been a long time coming for Stephen Hill who, during his senior year in high school, first began working in the food service industry. “It was always in the back of my mind to own my own restaurant,” Hill said. “I’ve worked for a lot of different food companies throughout the years, and I felt it […]

Locust Fork, Oneonta advance to Wallace State

Eight schools from the county made it out of areaplay into the sub-region last week but only two will playin this week’s region tournament. The girls from Locust Fork and Oneonta won subregion games Friday night and will play in the 4A bracket of the Northwest Region Tournament beginning tomorrow (Thursday). Locust Fork (19-9) will meet Priceville (26-4) at 3 […]