King drops out of school board race



Attorney Brett King of Locust Fork confirmed to The Blount Countian yesterday that he has withdrawn from contention for the job of District 4 member for the Blount County Board of Education. King was appointed to the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) on Monday by the Blount County Commission. He said that 2015 legislation restructuring the BWWB precludes board members […]

USDA employees to retire



Two long-time USDA employees, Janice Otinger and Jimmy Tucker, will celebrate their retirements on Dec. 30. The public is invited to the retirement party. “These two have brought a level of customer service that shows genuine care,” says Blount County district conservationist Merry Gaines. “Their level of knowledge along with their kind and loving hearts will definitely be missed.” Otinger, […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, December 17, 1997

Mail carrier, 17-year-old involved in wreck A 17-year-old was airlifted by LifeSaver helicopter Friday following a wreck involving a Blountsville mail carrier. According to Kenneth Wright, Blountsville postmaster, injured carrier Rebecca Sullins was treated and released from Blount Memorial Hospital. She will require further treatment for a broken hand and other injuries, Wright said. Hearing on contest of Dallas-Selfville election […]

Lady Hornets just keep rollling along

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

The first high school basketball poll of the season was released last week by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) and Barbara Roy’s Locust Fork Lady Hornets came in at No. 3 in Class 4A. That may not be high enough. Locust Fork improved to 9-0 on the year and 2-0 in 4A Area 10 with a 59-44 win at […]

All County Team



First, a little review. Last week, we released the major award winners: Larry “Pod”Patterson Player of the Year – Peyton Gilliland, Cleveland Offensive Player of the Year – Blake Adams, Hayden Defensive Player of the Year – Hunter Green, Cleveland, and Jeremy Stanfield, Hayden Hugh O’Shields Coach of the Year – Gardner Gilliland, Cleveland, and Keith Register, Hayden This week, […]

Church Briefs



EVENTS LAKEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH will have an encore performance of the program titled ‘His Love,’ on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Take County Road 29, turn right at the second Highland Lake entrance, and follow the signs to the church. BLOUNTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have the church Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. Sunday school […]

Five generations… times two



Celebrating five generations in a family is unusual, but celebrating two sets in one family is a rare occurance. Pictured are Dorothy Adams (middle left), 90, of Hayden and Lado Giddy (middle right), 95, of Hamilton, surrounded by family. Shown on back row are from left: great-grandson Jarrod White of Vance, children Billy and Susie Giddy of Hayden, and granddaughter […]

Mamie Lois Brand



MAMIE LOIS BRAND, 100, Allgood, died Dec. 11, 2015, at TLC Nursing Center. She was the oldest member of Allgood Baptist Church, served as assistant postmaster of the Allgood Post Office, volunteered for Retired Senior Volunteer Program for more than 40 years, and volunteered with the Red Cross. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was very active in many other organizations. […]

James F. Bryant



JAMES. F. BRYANT, 83, Oneonta, died Dec. 5, 2015. A graduate of Woodlawn High School, he enlisted with the U.S. Army and was stationed as administrator of an Army hospital in Grafenwohr, Germany, where he met his wife. Stateside, he worked with the family dairy, drove a truck, and retired from Spring Valley Farms. His family meant the world to […]

Infant Emori Faith Gragg



INFANT EMORI FAITH GRAGG, Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2015. Grandfather Raye Gragg predeceased her. Surviving are parents Barry and Crystal Staton Gragg; siblings Abby Gragg, DC Gragg, Ava Gragg, Traci Gragg, David Gragg, Jenny Gragg; grandparents Paula and Jeffery Wilkerson, Linda Gragg; aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 12 at […]


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