Prayers for Pennington



On Friday, a J.B. Pennington eighth-grader was rushed to Cullman Regional Hospital and later transported to Children’s Hospital after being found unconscious in the basement bathroom. Since the incident, the school, as well as the community, have come together in prayer and support of the 14- year-old boy. “After several rounds of CPR, the young man began to have a […]

One arrested in zebra shooting, more arrests could follow



by Nicole Singleton Authorities have arrested Timothy Wayne House Jr., 22, of Bessemer, in the shooting deaths of two pet zebras on the Sherrod farm on county road 33 in Rosa, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. House, who goes by the nickname “Boogie,” was indicted by a Blount County grand jury earlier this month and has been […]

Finding peace among the wreckage



Last month’s tornadoes may be considered old news for some, but for those affected by the storm, it’s still a topic of great importance. Especially for those who lost their home, including Rick and Linda Johnston. Amidst the circumstances, the Johnstons are thankful. On the 29th, a day after their 41st anniversary, the couple decided to stay in their double-wide […]

Commission approves school sales tax holiday; OKs Airport Road project



Following a long, sometimes intense work session Thursday, the Blount County Commission conducted a short, no-nonsense business meeting Monday, a highlight of which was a unanimous vote authorizing a back-to-school sales tax holiday covering school clothing and supplies Aug. 1-3 this year. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3. […]

What happened to that $1 million?



Blount County districts received, in round numbers, about $1 million apiece in their road budgets for 2014. (District 1 got a little more, Districts 2, 3, and 4 somewhat less.) So residents should expect to see about $4 million in road improvements countywide for the year, right? Wrong. A lot less than that actually goes to resurface roads. The Blount […]

Commissioners will explain your road problem from A to Z, but why won’t they tell you WHEN they’ll fix it?



Citizens often get frustrated when problems on their roads don’t get fixed. At some point, after what they think is a more-than-reasonable period of time – and often after one or more conversations with their commissioner – they come to work session to appeal to the full commission. Often they get a virtual encyclopedia on the technical and sometimes not-so-technical […]

Spring football wraps up with jamborees



Spring training comes to an end this week for high school football teams in the area and all seven schools in the Blount County system will take part in the Blount County Spring Jamboree at J.B. Pennington. The action gets underway tomorrow ( Thursday) with Southeastern taking on the Hayden B-team at 5 p.m. followed by the Hayden varsity playing […]

Lady Bulldogs fight their way to Montgomery



Four teams from Blount County made it to regional tournaments but only one will advance to this week’s state tournament in Montgomery. The Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs went 1-1 on the first day of the South-Central Regional Tournament at Troy last Friday. Forced to come through the loser’s bracket, Susan Moore rolled up four straight wins, including a 5-2 win […]

Randolph ends Oneonta season



The 2014 Oneonta boys soccer team did something no other team in school history had done. In just the fourth year of the program, Oneonta advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament, picking up impressive wins over Childersburg, Jacksonville, and Faith Christian along the way. In the semifinal against Randolph of Huntsville last Friday, the young Redskins ran headfirst […]

Appalachian wins Anything Goes



The tug-of-war is always the 10th and last event at the annual Anything Goes competition and there have been many years where the top spot was decided with this test of strength. Not this year. Appalachian captured first place in the egg toss, the ninth event of the evening, and removed all doubt by building an insurmountable lead. Appalachian scored […]


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