Church leaders respond

to same-sex marriage controversy

With the recent uproar in Alabama concerning same-sex marriage, The Blount Countian contacted 20 pastors from different areas and denominations throughout Blount County asking them to state their views on the issue. Of those, six responded. Here are their answers: “I will simply state that the Catholic Church clearly defines marriage as between a man and a woman only. Also, […]

Tourism plan draws fire

U.S. 231 BRIDGE...

Most of Cleveland’s Town Hall meeting last Thursday was taken up by a lengthy, sometimes heated, discussion of Blount County’s plan to convert the old U.S. 231 bridge across the Locust Fork River north of town to a tourist destination, while preserving more concrete benefits for the town of Cleveland. But not everyone agrees with the plan. Landowners Allan and […]


HARPO The Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization will meet Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Depot in Oneonta. The group will discuss regional and county trends. Phone Laurel Land at 264-8473 or e-mail lland@- for more information. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. Guest speaker will […]

What’s on tap in the Legislature this year?

Earlier this month, The Blount Countian met with House District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd to get a glimpse of what’s in store for Alabama citizens in the upcoming session of the Legislature. The legislative session begins March 3 and will end in late May or early June. Shedd represents about 13,000 Blount County voters. The district broadly includes the central […]

‘How do you feel about same-sex marriage?’


Much like the local wet/dry vote we’re all too familiar with, many are turning this into an issue of morality when, in fact, this is an issue of civil rights. As United States citizens, we enjoy freedom of religion – some can only enjoy it as long as it’s THEIR religion. We as Christians are charged to love one another, […]

Marriage licenses now available to all in Blount County

Marriage licenses are now available to all couples – same-sex and mixed – at the Blount County Probate Office in Oneonta. The policy of no marriage licenses to any applicants announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, was changed to issuing licenses to all same-sex and mixed-sex couples as of Friday, Feb. 13. As of Tuesday, Feb. 17, no same-sex licenses had been […]

Hayden woman missing

A 52-year-old woman is missing after her house was destroyed by a fire, according to news sources. Felicia Ann Weaver, of Jack Cole Road in Hayden, hasn’t been seen since Feb. 5, the day her house, which she shared with her ex-husband and two sons, burned. Her body has not been located in the rubble, but investigators say foul play […]

Historical Society in search of local talent for ornament contest

The Blount County Historical Society is getting a jump-start on finding a piece of art to be featured on their 2015 Christmas ornament. Last year, the Society’s ornament featured a painting of the Horton Mill Covered Bridge by Becky Lambert. This year, the Easley Covered Bridge will be featured. Blount County photographers and artists are asked to bring a colored […]

IRS scam alert

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey warns that if anyone receives a call from someone claiming to represent the IRS, it is a scam. Casey says she has received 50 to 60 calls informing her of these types of incidences. “They call saying the person is about to get audited if they don’t pay a certain amount of money right […]

Year-long murder investigation continues

It has been more than a year since the death of Rhonette Lyles, 77, a retired Cleveland Elementary teacher, who was found Feb. 8, 2014, in her burned-out house on Moman Road in the Horton community near Snead. Her death is still under investigation by the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Blount County […]