Rain, local flooding hit county



Opponents drown bill with dollars



Blount County’s stake in the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) operations arises from three circumstances: The bill to reform the BWWB died in the House Rules Committee on the last day of this legislative session as proponents tried – and failed – to get it scheduled on the House calendar for a vote on the floor, where many thought it […]

A problem which ‘thrives in secrecy’



Contrary to what Hollywood would lead people to believe, a child abuser is not always the scary, rusty-van driving, bearded man lurking in the darkened corner of the alleyway. They are cousins, neighbors, dads, mom’s boyfriends, dad’s girlfriends, coaches, and other seemingly wellmeaning members of society. These are people who earn the child’s trust and over time begin to push […]

Alcohol referendum set for June 3



On Monday, the Blountsville Town Council voted unanimously to schedule an alcohol referendum vote on June 3, according to Blountsville Mayor Michael Glass. “By law, when you receive a petition and it is certified by the Board of Registrars, you have to place it on a ballot for a vote,” he said. “It’s what the people wanted to do, so […]

Blount County Board of Education District 3 (Susan Moore) profiles



Two candidates face off in the Republican Primary for the District 3 Blount County Board of Education election: incumbent Bruce McAfee and challenger Magen Horton-Stewart. No Democrats qualified to run for the job. The county school board and its members have an important influence on decision-making, problemsolving, matters of discipline, and financial oversight of a county school system consisting of […]

Bruce McAfee



Age: 67 Born in/resides in: Born in Altoona; resides in Susan Moore Family details: Married to Sara Gilliland McAfee with two grown children: Michael, 42, and Daniel, 37 Education Graduated Altoona High School, 1964. Graduated Auburn University 1968 with bachelor’s degree. Graduated Jacksonville State University 1977 with master’s degree in school administration. Work background•26 years as Susan Moore High School […]

Magen Horton-Stewart



Age: 28 Born in/resides in: Born in Birmingham; resides in Susan Moore Family details: Married to Andrew Cameron Stewart, formerly of Vienna, Virginia Education Graduated Susan Moore High School in 2004. Attended Blount County Career Center’s health care careers course. Attended Gadsden State Community College, then transferred to Jacksonville State University, graduating in 2009 with Work background•Emergency room nurse at […]

Local Salvation Army closes due to lack of support



According to Amy Cline, the divisional development director for the Salvation Army, the local Salvation Army, located on Ala 132 in Oneonta, closed March 31 due to lack of support from the general public. “For many years we’ve assisted Blount County with disaster services, food pantries, clothes for fire victims, and utility support, but we’ve had to cease operation,” Cline […]

Blount County school bus involved in accident on Ala 160



A Blount County school bus carrying 10 to 12 Hayden students was involved in an accident on Ala 160, according to Blount County Asst. Supt. Rodney Green. The accident occurred Friday just before 7 a.m. The bus had begun its route and had not picked up many students. One student did suffer from a busted lip but was not transported […]

Baseball races wrapping up



Area races in high school baseball will come to an end this week, although a couple of championships have already been decided. Monday’s heavy rains caused problems for teams trying to finish up area play. All of that day’s games were washed out and were rescheduled for Tuesday. 1A Area 8 – Southeastern won the area title last week and […]


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