Covered Bridge royalty

Covered Bridge Preliminary pageant winners face the music, the flowers, and the photographer following the conclusion of the 2015 event on Oct. 19. From the left, MerrillAnn Culverhouse of Opp, Miss Covered Bridge Outstanding Teen 2015, and Callie Walker of Birmingham, Miss Covered Bridge 2015. Tapdancer Merrill-Ann is a triple-threat competitor who also leads cheers and plays forward on the […]

Circuit Clerk Mike Criswell to retire after 26 years

Mike Criswell, who has served as Blount County circuit clerk since 1988, will retire at the end of November, he announced recently. With 26 years in office, that makes him one of the longest-serving public officials – maybe the longest-serving public official – in Blount County history, as best as can be determined. He would have retired in January 2019 […]

Enterovirus D68 cases reported in Oneonta

On The Blount Countian Facebook page last Wednesday, we reported Oneonta School Supt. Dr. Michael Douglas had confirmed two cases of Enterovirus D68 at Oneonta Elementary School. The post garnered a lot of attention, with 231 people sharing the status and more than 50 posting comments. Many commenters said the virus was blown out of proportion while others said it […]

The Haunted Jackpot

With the recent release of some horror movies, it might seem Hollywood is picking from the bottom of their barrel of ideas. Well, I sincerely hope a screenwriter is reading this because Blount County could have one of the best horror plots ever. When I was asked to go on a ghost hunt with the guys from the 95.3 WCRL […]


State offices, local races, fire district, and five amendments in play

Blount Countians should have a significant interest in the outcomes of three local political races and a fire/medical services district referendum appearing on next week’s general election ballot. They are: (1) the election for Blount County Sheriff, pitting Republican incumbent Loyd Arrington against Independent challenger Ryan Fortenberry; (2) the election for District 27 state Representative, in which Democrat Jeff McLaughlin […]

Shedd, Standridge comment on Mike Hubbard indictment

On Monday, Oct. 20, Mike Hubbard, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives was arrested in Auburn, having been indicted on 23 counts by a Lee County grand jury. Charges include 11 counts of soliciting or receiving things of value from a lobbyist or principal; six counts of using his office for personal gain; four counts of lobbying for a […]


Last week the paper ran a photo of local musicians under the headline “Bear Meat pickup band.” The group didn’t have a name, so we suggested that – since they came together at the Bear Meat Music Festival – they name themselves after it. Wrong. It seems there already is a Bear Meat Band– in the Cleveland area – they […]

Countians recognized for outstanding contributions

Positive Maturity, an organization dedicated to civic engagement for older adults through social and other programs, has compiled a list of outstanding achievers and contributors over 50 years old in central Alabama. It’s called the Top 50 Over 50 awards, and three Blount Countians have been recognized for outstanding contributions to quality of life in their communities. Their common quality […]

A star RISES

Mary Margaret Douglas. Write that name on the wall. And keep watching and listening for her. Hold your breath until next time – there’s bound to be more to come. With pitch-perfect intonation and the sense of dynamics of a developing artist, the 10-year-old sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’at the 2015 Miss Covered Bridge Pageant and brought down the house, […]

Addison runs past Southeastern

The visiting Addison Bulldogs unleashed a powerful running game and pulled away for a 27-7 victory over Southeastern Friday night. Southeastern actually got on the board first when Austin Pearson found a seam in the Bulldog defense and raced 47 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Unfortunately, that would prove to be the offensive highlight of the night […]