Still going strong after 70 Years

When Dot married Ed, she thought her marriage would be over in three months. Sometimes that’s all it took after men went overseas during the war. But, 70 years later, she is happy she was wrong. The Congdons, of Straight Mountain, are a living, breathing example of pure marital bliss. Dot, 89, and Ed, 90, first met when they were […]

County Commission meeting covers gamut of passions

Agony to ecstacy to ????

It was a roller-coaster ride. Or maybe a potpourri of spicy entrees might be a better analogy. The Blount County Commission meeting Monday, that is. Here’s a quick, vernacular summary. First, the commission wrangled over approving the agenda. Then it resolved to urge the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to bring back football. It gratefully accepted $183 from a […]

Teacher arrested

Cleveland High School

Matt Wester, 37, has been charged with “a school employee having sexual contact with a student,” according to the Blount County Jail. According to his indictment, Wester “is a school employee who intentionally and knowingly engaged with a male or female student under the age of 19 in sexual contact including kissing and spending the night with the victim.” Wester […]

Green: no marriage licenses in Blount County until legal issues clarified

No marriage licenses – same-sex or otherwise – will be issued by the Blount County Probate Office until there is clarity on the issue from the state and federal courts, according to a statement from Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green Tuesday morning. His position represents a change from the stance he announced late last week. Here’s what transpired over […]


J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTERS will host a meet and greet with new head football coach, Todd Cassity, on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. HOSPICE OF MARSHALL COUNTY will have a Hopeful Hearts Dinner tomorrow, Feb. 12, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the HMC Community Room at 408 Martling Road, Albertville. Preregister […]

Alabama’s history of federal intervention


As the Legislature and Governor prepare for the upcoming initial legislative session of the quadrennium, they are facing ominous and obvious problems. The General Fund is in dire straits, primarily due to the escalating costs of Medicaid and prisons. The problems in the prison system may be even more acute than with Medicaid. The reason is that our prison population […]

Young Farmers receive national recognition

Last month, the Blount County Young Farmers attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention in San Diego to present information on their ‘Farm Safety Day and Row Crop Tour’ which was selected as a County Activity of Excellence (CAE) for 2014. Only 24 of the top county Farm Bureau programs are awarded with the honor. The training day […]

Missing man found dead

The body of Kelly Nash, 25, of Georgia, was found Sunday evening in Lake Lanier, according to news sources. Nash, whose family is from Blount County, has been missing since January. He was last seen by his girlfriend on Jan. 5 at his home in Buford, according to She says he woke up coughing and sneezing and said that […]

Sub-region and region tournaments this week

When the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) added a seventh class this year, that meant that the basketball playoffs had to be condensed. Because of that, area tournaments were held last week and sub-region games were played Monday (girls) and Tuesday (boys) this week with region tournaments starting as early as today (Wednesday). In the past, teams would have […]

Jennings resigns at Susan Moore


Susan Moore High School is looking for a new head football coach after Bubba Jennings turned in his resignation last week. Jennings, a Susan Moore graduate, was 51-43 overall. He was named interim coach halfway through the 2006 season after the resignation of George Kenney and went 7-1 that year with a Bulldog team that made it to the semifinals […]