Armstrong retires after 22 years



Numerous officials, friends, family, and coworkers of Max Armstrong filed into the Blount County Courthouse to celebrate his retirement on Friday. After 22 years of serving Blount County, the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director stepped down from his post to begin a new chapter in his life. “I’ve been trying to talk Max out of doing this,” said Probate Judge […]

Southeastern has new football coach



The Southeastern Mustangs will begin their third season of varsity football in August and they will do so with the program’s third head coach. The Blount County Board of Education approved the hiring of Michael Burkett at last week’s meeting. The 32-year-old Burkett comes to Southeastern from Gardendale, where he had been an assistant the last two years. “We are […]

Coroner lawsuit challenges district attorney’s letter and authority



A letter from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey to Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn has led to a civil suit in Blount County Circuit Court. The Feb. 10 letter from Casey outlines to Vaughn the procedure for handling a body at a potential crime scene. She states that “no tests, biopsies, or samples shall be taken from or […]

EMA hire, new wellness policy, anti-beaver campaign highlight March commission actions



The Blount County Commission approved hiring a new Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director, effective March 31, at an approximate salary of $43,000. The new director is Don Roybal, who will transition to the Blount County job from the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. He replaces former Blount County EMA director Max Armstrong, who recently retired. Wellness screenings The commission also […]

Last three of seven District 17 candidate profiles



Seven candidates are running for the Alabama Senate District 17 seat. Profiles of the first four, taken alphabetically, appeared in the March 5 edition of the paper: Joe Cochran of Pinson, Gayle Gear of Mt. Olive, Brett King of Locust Fork, and Jim Murphree of Oneonta. This week the remaining three appear: Adam Ritch of Bagley/Corner, Jim Roberts of Gardendale, […]

Adam Ritch



Age: 33 Born/resides in: Born in Birmingham; resides in Bagley/Corner Family details: married to Charlene Caffee Ritch with three children: Brianna Darna, 12; Madison Layla, 9; and Travis Sawyer, 17 months Education Graduated Dora High School, 1999. Graduated Bevill State Community College as emergency medical technician, 2003. Graduated Miles College with bachelor’s degree in chemistry, 2005. Received Master of Management […]

Jim Roberts



Age: 60 Born/resides in: Born Webb Air Force Base, Texas; resides in Morris Family details: married to Amanda Hodge Roberts, with five children: Jamey Roberts, Rachel Roberts, Ian McKinnon, Joe Roberts, and Grant Kutz. Education Graduated Thomas Stone High School in Maryland, 1972. Attended University of Maryland; transferred to U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduated with bachelor’s degree in […]

Shay Shelnutt



Age: 46 Born in and resides in: born in Center Point; resides in Trussville. Family details: married to Paige, a teacher at Pinson Elementary school; two daughters: Lexie, 13, and Lacie, 8 Education Graduated Pinson Valley High School in 1986. Graduated University of Montevallo with bachelor’s degree in business/finance (1990); later earned master’s degree in education (1997). Work background •part […]

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