Cleaning up Highland Lake

Corner woman found guilty of manslaughter

Elsie Wells Thomas, 35, of Corner, was found guilty of manslaughter following a week-long jury trial, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. In January 2011, Thomas’s ex-husband, Matt Allen, was found dead in his home in the 700 block of Shipp Road in Hayden from a close-range single shotgun blast to the heart. At the scene, Thomas claimed […]

Runoff rally set next week

Mark this event on your calendar: Tuesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School. A political forum featuring runoff candidates in two significant Blount County races is scheduled for that evening. Brett King and Shay Shelnutt, opponents in the District 17 state senate runoff election on July 15, will face off to answer questions […]


BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICANMEETING will be tomorrow, June 26,at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH istaking orders for Boston butts for theannual fundraiser. Phone 529-2302,680-1555, or 914-1555 to place anorder. The meat will be ready for pickup Saturday, June 28, between thehours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at thechurch. All profit is always distributedto local charities. […]

This is not a drill

Don Roybal hardly had time to get back from his honeymoon, literally – he was married immediately after reporting March 31 to his new job as Blount County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director – before he was plunged into a major natural disaster when multiple tornadoes blasted Blount County the night of April 28. It was no drill. It was […]

Difference making through donations

Mary Ellen Tidwell realized other pathways had to be considered to keep animals from being put down. However, Blount County was never going to be able to adopt enough to get out of the situation. Tidwell, of Crossing Paths Animal Rescue, and Jo Chamblee co-founded another division of Crossing Paths – Fix Your Mama, a donation-funded spay and neuter program. […]

Blount County’s state park –

Rickwood Caverns

If it’s good enough for the Governor’s wife, it’s probably something to check into. Last week, Dianne Bentley, wife of Gov. Robert Bentley, visited Rickwood Caverns, Blount County’s only state park. The First Lady visited the park to continue her support of Alabama State Parks during the Department of Tourism’s Year of Alabama Parks. Earlier this year, she unveiled “Mrs. […]

Quilters Guild Scholarships

Stevie Seaver (Hayden), Andrew Laningham (Locust Fork), Jessica Rae Wall (Susan Moore), and Abby Blackwood (Oneonta), received $1,000 scholarships from the Blount County Quilters Guild. The scholarship awards were based on excellence of an essay on “What Quilts Mean to Me.” Stevie, the daughter of Cindy Seaver and Steve Seaver of Hayden, will major in nursing at Troy University; Andrew, […]

West Point’s Millsap

signs with Gadsden State

WEST POINT — Chris Millsap couldn’t really pinpoint just why he wanted to try out for his high school tennis team during his junior year at West Point. He had never once played the sport competitively before asking Warrior coach Tim Garner for an opportunity to show his talent out on the tennis court. Garner agreed to give Millsap a […]


NORTHEAST ALABAMA FOOTBALLOFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is preparing forthe upcoming season. The group’s firstmeeting will be Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. atFyffe High School. For more information,contact Bud Moore at 256-582-4685. ONEONTA YOUTH FOOTBALLREGISTRATION will be Saturday, June 28,and Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 the Oneonta Rec Park. For more information, phone 625-3534. SNEAD STATE VOLLEYBALL CAMP […]