County competition

Next week, one school in the county will win bragging rights for an entire year. The annual event, Anything Goes: Battle of the Schools, will be May 7, at 7 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The competition consists of 11 events including wheelbarrow racing, sack relay, egg toss, and tug of war. Each school in the county gets […]

Winners announced

Blount’s Best BBQ

Historically, the state of Alabama is known for having some of the best BBQ in the nation. Turns out, Blount County has a hand in that history. During the Blount’s Best BBQ contest, eight restaurants were nominated for three categories including best ribs, best pork, and best chicken. And the winners are… Phil’s Grill for best ribs, O’ So Good […]

Probate judge pay increase

Bill referred to Senate Judiciary Committee

A bill to raise the pay of probate judges statewide was introduced in the Alabama Senate on April 9 by Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn. The bill would increase salaries based on a formula incorporating county population and years in office of the incumbent as factors. The cost, to be paid by the counties themselves, would be approximately $1.3 million […]

Rickwood Caverns still under the gun

Closing pressure down, but...

Four state parks and two golf courses targeted for closing May 1 in an announcement from Alabama State Parks director Greg Lein April 15, got a new lease on life last week. Bladon Springs, Chickasaw, Buck’s Pocket, and Paul M. Grist state parks and golf courses at Lake Point and Roland Cooper State Parks will remain open ”until further notice” […]

Casey wins

State of Alabama Prosecutor’s Award

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey was awarded the State of Alabama Prosecutor’s Award at the annual Governor’s Conference held in Montgomery recently. The award is given annually by the Alabama victims’ advocacy group VOCAL (Victims of Crime and Leniency). The Alabama Sheriff’s Association and VOCAL sponsor the Governor’s Conference. Nominations are sent from across the state and the award […]


GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER will have a seminar titled ‘Project Lifesaver – Protecting your loved ones with dementia’ tomorrow, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. Lt. Wesley Neill of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department will be the speaker. Phone 274-2365 for more information. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, […]

Rescue squad receives money for boat

Recently, the Golden LivingCenter presented a $1,000 check to the Blount County Rescue Squad, which used the money to buy a Rescue One boat. This will provide the group with a boat that is wider, more stable, and can be used in shallow water. Pictured from left to right: Lisa Compton, Vickie Green, Scott Fendley, Ed Lowe, Edward Gean, Ross […]

Two killed in head-on collision

Two people are dead following a two-vehicle wreck on County Road 47 in Blountsville that occurred on Monday. Erin Elizabeth Drake, 19, of Oneonta, and Stevie Ann Thompson, 24, of Blountsville, were killed when Drake’s vehicle collided head on with Thompson’s, according to sources. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, and three children were transported to Children’s Hospital […]

What is it like to be in the Alabama Senate?

Readers Write

When I first started thinking about running for the state senate back in early2014, I had little knowledge of the course the journey would take. My years as apublic school teacher and coach had been fulfilling, as is my current work as arealtor. I had little knowledge of the course the journey 2014, as public school teacher and coach had […]

A Governor’s legacy


Recently, at a forum I was asked the question, “Which governor made a difference in Alabama politics?” The question caught me off guard because I really had not thought about that obvious inquiry. My knee-jerk reaction and answer to the insightful questioner was George Wallace and I gave a litany of reasons for my response. Later, after contemplation, I felt […]