Chairman polices dispute; highlights county governance issue

The Blount County Commission approved by split vote a budget amendment dividing costs for the recently-finished county road 42 bridge evenly between the two districts involved in its replacement, ending a lengthy and messy public dispute between the two commissioners involved in the project: District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self and District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert. Cost reconciliation was affected by […]


The November commission business meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 12, a date set by state code having to do with the swearing-in of newly elected commissioners. Accordingly, re-elected commissioners Dean Calvert and Allen Armstrong will be sworn in that day and a commission meeting dealing mainly with routine items will follow. Due to the short time elapsed between the monthly […]

MCoal files permit renewal application for Rosa mine

MCoal Corporation, owner and operator of Rosa Mine in Blount County, has filed an application with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to renew its auger mining permit for a period of five years. The mine is located on U. S. 231 between Rosa and Cleveland in the central part of the county. The mining permit for Rosa Mine was initially […]

Fire district volunteers mount door-to-door Q&A drive

West Blount Fire and Rescue Committee members are conducting a final campaign to support the fire and medical services district referendum that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. They ”are going door to door…answering any and all questions concerning the proposed fire district,” Tim Sosebee wrote in an informative notice on the group’s efforts. All volunteers representing the group […]


Eric Gober of Guntersville and Leigh Gober of Snead announce the engagement and coming wedding of their daughter, Katye Alyssa Gober of Hueytown, to Kevin Daniel Arnold, son of Kerry and Sheila Arnold of Hueytown. The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Susan Moore High School and a 2014 graduate of Athens State. She is the granddaughter of Tommy and […]

Easley Covered Bridge vandalized

‘Noodles’was one of the more innocuous of words and symbols spray-painted on Easley Covered Bridge over the weekend. It is symptomatic of a problem dogging the county’s historic bridges for years: vandalism ranging from spray paint to outright structural damage, to the ultimate insult – the complete loss of Nectar Covered Bridge to arson in 1993. Probate Judge Chris Green […]

Nor th Jackson hammers Oneonta

The Oneonta Redskins couldn’t get it done in front of a big homecoming crowd last Friday night as North Jackson exploded for 31 second-half points and rolled to a 52-27 victory. The teams traded scores early. North Jackson’s Logan Walters had touchdown passes of 35 and 51 yards while Oneonta’s Zach Dimmock fired a pair of 9-yard scoring tosses to […]

Redskin coach suspended for one game

Oneonta head football coach Don Jacobs was not on the sideline last Friday night for the Redskins’ homecoming game against North Jackson. The coach, who has led the Redskins to three straight 4A title games, was suspended for a game by Oneonta Superintendent Dr. Michael Douglas. Neither side commented on the reason for the suspension. Jacobs will be back with […]

Hornets batter Bulldogs

The Locust Fork Hornets built a 28-0 lead through two quarters and coasted to an easy 50-35 victory over visiting Priceville in front of a huge homecoming crowd. The Hornets got another big passing night from Todd Goodwin – 7 of 11 for 189 yards and three touchdowns – to go with a running game that pounded out 396 yards […]

Cleveland wipes out Ider

The Cleveland Panthers rolled up more than 300 rushing yards and controlled the ball for most of the night to take care of Ider 33-12 in front of a big homecoming crowd last Friday night. Peyton Gilliland had another big night for the Panthers, finishing with 200 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 21 carries and completing 5 of 12 […]

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