Smith designs MLB All-Star glove

Man with a heart

(and a sense of humor)

Corpus Christi Catholic Church has a new spiritual shepherd. Father Jim Hedderman officially became Corpus Christi’s new priest on July 1, coming from his previous seven-year posting at Good Shepherd Catholic Church and Parish in Russellville. His 20-year career has included assignments in Fort Payne, Anniston, Homewood, and Shelby County. His first job fresh out of seminary was at Mother […]

Two charged in murder of Blountsville man

Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a Blountsville man. The body of Brian Beavers, 51, was discovered under his bed at his home on College Street last Thursday. Justin MacNeill, 24, of Cleveland, and Clifton Ridgeway, 20, of Blountsville, are being held without bond in the Blount County Correctional Facility. The arrest of the two […]

County Commission approves security cameras for covered bridges, new website development, $300,000 special road appropriation

The Blount County Commission voted to proceed on two major projects under discussion for several months, and acted swiftly on a major appropriation request in its monthly business meeting Monday. The commission awarded the bid for security camera installation for the county’s three covered bridges to Stream South with a bid of $13,950 for the required equipment. It also authorized […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, July 16, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Guest speaker will be Anthony Campbell, editor of The Advertiser Gleam newspaper. WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. The meeting will feature an education forum consisting of Hayden […]

Green turns tide with sheet of paper


The discussion of road budgets turned contentious (again) in last Thursday’s Blount County Commission work session, when District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong accused Commission Chairman Chris Green and two other commissioners of voting in a bloc to deprive districts 1 and 2 of adequate funding, based on his (and District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self’s) opinion of a fair budget split. […]

Murder suspect captured after bond revoked

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force has apprehended an Oneonta man who was free on bond awaiting trial for murder. Tyler Reynolds, 24, was charged with reckless murder in the death of Melissa Gilbert, 20, Remlap, on Airport Road in June 2014. An arrest warrant was issued for Reynolds after he failed to take court-ordered drug tests and failed to […]

Back to School Briefs

CLEVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will hold student registration during regular school hours on Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24. Parents will need to provide an up-to-date immunization (blue slip), birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of residency. Kindergarten orientation will be Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the lunchroom. Sixth grade orientation will be Sunday, […]

The day Paul Hubbert took on George Wallace


A good many of you let me know that you agreed with my column last week when I suggested that stealing from the Special Education Trust Fund Budget to resolve the dilemma in the General Fund is not the solution needed during the looming extraordinary special session. This potential raid on education money is not the first time that this […]

Wallace State branch campus in planning stages for Oneonta

Following is a statement released by Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe after a meeting with Wallace State Community College president Vicki Karolewics and three other Wallace State department heads yesterday. The meeting concerned a Wallace State presence being projected for Oneonta. “We have entered preliminary discussions with Wallace State about offering secondary education in Oneonta. The intent is to offer […]