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A Christmas fable

Once upon a time in a land not far away, hundreds of poor children had little to look forward to as Christmas approached. Many of them had hardly sufficient warm coats, shoes, and other clothes to make in through the winter and attend school without being ashamed. The younger ones had little hope of getting toys, though from what other […]

Man charged with assault after attacking wife with hatchet

Anthony Amaro, 31, of Hayden, was charged with firstdegree assault after authorities say he attacked his wife, Jessica Amaro, with a hatchet, according to reports. The incident happened at a home on Levi Green Road at approximately 12:18 p.m., on Friday. Blount County 911 received a call with no one on the other end of the line but a disturbance […]

Commissioners look back at 2014, ahead to coming year

To follow up the interview last week with Probate Judge/Commission Chairman Chris Green, we asked each of the county commissioners for their reflections on the year just completed and the one ahead. Because of the dislocations of the season, only two – Allen Armstrong and Dean Calvert – were able to respond. Their thoughts appear here, and will be followed […]

What makes Christmas special?

It’s suppose to be the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be honest, sometimes between the shopping, food preparation, travel, office parties, family gettogethers and numerous other items on the to-do list, Christmas can be downright stressful. That’s why we, at The Blount Countian, asked people to share their favorite Christmas memories to remind us all what the […]

School placed on lockdown after social media threat

J.B. Pennington High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday after authorities became aware of threats that were made on a social media outlet called Yik Yak, according to Capt. Pat Thomas of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities learned about the threat the night before, and the school was immediately placed on lockdown once students arrived the next day. Deputies […]


We at the Blountsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue thank the community and Crazy Horse Customs for the generous contributions to its recent Boot Drive. We were able to help Santa provide presents for more kids than last year due to your generosity. Have a merry, blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you! Ho, Ho, Ho!James Overby, Fire Chief


In last week’s Merry Christmas section Lisa Massey, an employee of the circuit clerk’s office, was incorrectly identified as Lisa Hawkins.

Paul Hubbert, a political icon


Paul Ray Hubbert was born on Christmas Day in 1935 in the small rural crossroads of Hubbertville in Fayette County. The community was named for his family, the town’s original and primary settlers. He died in October in Montgomery. Dr. Hubbert left an indelible mark on Alabama political history. The most enduring political giant in Alabama political history in my […]

The community church

If we search deep inside our inner being and employ profound reasoning we must surely all agree that the essence of any great community, state or country is the institution of family. From the foundation, integrity and authentic moral training of a Godly oriented family stems dedicated, devoted and genuine members of citizenry. Meaningful leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, builders, preachers, […]