Remembering Forrest

Visiting Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley’s Facebook page gives a little glimpse of the type of person he was. Comment after comment share stories, crack inside jokes, and explain how much he will be missed. A group of his friends echo those same thoughts. “This has just gutted us,” said long-time friend Adam Shirley. Last week, Sibley, 31, was attacked while […]

Courthouse closed Monday

Reopens Tuesday – NOT through front door

The Blount County Courthouse will be closed all day Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. It will reopen and resume its normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule Tuesday, Sept. 8. However, access to the building will change beginning Tuesday morning as a new security regimen takes effect. The front door facing Ala 75 will be […]

Run to glory…

Southeastern’s Brandon Jones finds plenty of room to run against Vina. Jones had a school-record 97-yard touchdown run in the Mustangs’ 13-8 season-opening win over the visiting Red Devils. Southeastern will host Cold Springs this Friday night for the 2A Region 6 opener. All eight teams in Blount County will start region play this week with 2A No. 7 Cleveland […]

2016 county election cycle begins

Local races...

Qualifying dates for the 2016 election to Blount County state and local offices are Oct. 5 to Nov. 6. The primary for both parties (and for the Presidential preference primary) will be Tuesday March 1, 2016. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The following Blount County office-holders have confirmed to The Blount Countian that they will seek […]

Cyclist killed after being struck by pickup truck

William Robertson, 57, of Birmingham, was killed Saturday as he was cycling along Ala 75 when a 2002 Ford Ranger driven by 33-year-old Theodore native Nathan Oliver Brown struck him, according to sources. The incident happened four miles south of Oneonta. Two others – Demetrius and Tracey White, both 52, – were injured and airlifted to UAB Hospital after the […]


BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Crystal Kitchens will teach a class on making rag rugs using the Navajo Knot method on Saturday, Sept. 5. The class is $10 and begins at 9 a.m. Back by popular demand are the pine straw basket making class on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and another pottery class to be scheduled. Class […]

Reduce cost: eliminate regional government

District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd:

As we look for ways to reduce the cost of state government and balance the budget without hurting services, I have advocated eliminating regional government in Alabama. Many years ago, regional government was probably necessary for administration, communicating guidelines and proper oversight and reporting. But, this is the 21st century. We can distribute guidelines and receive reports merely by clicking […]

Shelnutt to make ‘listening’ stop at The Depot

Sen. Shay Shelnutt announced last week he will conduct a “Budget Listening Tour,” scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8 a.m. at The Depot at Oneonta Rec Park. Shelnutt said the reason for the tour is “to connect with constituents and hear their insights and concerns” about the legislative budget process. In a telephone conversation with The Blount Countian, Shelnutt […]

County gets ‘clean’ audit

The Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts recently concluded its audit of the Blount County Commission’s fiscal year 2014 financial statements, issuing an unqualified opinion for at least the 10th consecutive year. An unqualified opinion means that no adverse findings were noted during the audit and that the statements present fairly and accurately the financial position and activities of […]

We depend on federal dollars


It is common knowledge that the Indian casinos in Alabama and throughout the country are granted federal sovereignty and are not subject to state intervention and authority. Several years ago, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a frivolous lawsuit against PCI Gaming Authority for political posturing purposes. The federal district court in Montgomery took about three weeks to rule against […]