Snead raises most employee pay but delays action on council raises



Meeting on a rare but previously rescheduled Tuesday evening, the Snead Town Council voted to raise most employee pay by 50 cents an hour. Councilors, who had moved the meeting back one day to avoid conflict with the Alabama-Clemson national championship game, decided to exclude a reported two or three employees not in service a full year with the town […]

Integrity check



Survey of possible flood damage to county bridges continued last week as waters receded, giving county engineer Winston Sitton a chance to get up close and personal with problematic bridges like the one on House Road shown. It is one of three bridges that remain closed in the county pending decision on whether replacement will be necessary. (The other two […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, January 24, 1990

Rail reopening an industrial plus Cheney Railroad Company received its long-awaited 65-ton General Electric center-cab switch engine Dec. 21, and for the first time in more than five years, rail traffic resumed across eastern Blount County. Taking on the operation of a 50-mile railroad line was no small endeavor of Cheney Lime and Cement Co., headquartered in Allgood. But it […]

Hornets, Lady Hornets wrap up area titles

High School Basketball

The Locust Fork Hornets and Lady Hornets shook off determined efforts by Good Hope last week to pick up wins and claim the 4A Area 10 regular season titles. With the area titles, Locust Fork will host the boys and girls tournaments next month. Friday, Jan. 15at Good HopeGirlsLocust Fork 44, Good Hope 40 The Lady Hornets came out firing […]

SPORTS briefs



ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players (ages 3-12 for baseball; 4-12 for softball) may register Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration fee is $100 per player and a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be provided. For more information, contact the Oneonta Rec Center at 625-3534. […]

Wildcats, Lady Wildcats take junior high titles

Blount County Basketball Tournament

Unfortunately for the rest of the county, last week’s junior high tournament at Susan Moore went according to plan as the top-seeded (girls and boys) Hayden Wildcats swept through the competition to take the titles. In the girls bracket, Hayden put away Susan Moore in the semifinals and then took care of No. 2 Locust Fork 40-29 in the championship […]

Church Briefs



MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH Don Graham will be teaching a class for pastors and deacons Thursdays, Jan. 21 and 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Robbie Burtram, pastor. TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH will show the movie,‘War Room’ on Friday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m., at the church fellowship hall with pizza and drinks provided. The community is invited. Phone Joslyn Blair at 256-620-5044 […]

Cynthia Denise Hodges Archer



CYNTHIA DENISE HODGES ARCHER, 51, Locust Fork, died Jan. 1, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. An avid Alabama football fan, she enjoyed time with her grandson, gardening, water skiing, watching hummingbirds, and sitting by an outdoor fire. Mother Donna Jean Calvert Scott Hodges predeceased her. Surviving are husband Dale Archer; son Matthew Blake (Jessica) Archer; grandchild Matthew Blake Archer […]

Charlotte Edelle Box



CHARLOTTE EDELLE BOX, 72, Cleveland, died Jan. 14, 2016, at the residence. She had worked at Tyson Foods, enjoyed dancing, was of the Baptist faith, and was an animal lover. Parents Ralph and Christine Fowler, son Eddie Rotenberry, sister Gloria Haynes, and one grandchild predeceased her. Surviving are husband Fernando Cruz; sons Marty (Tracy) Rotenberry, Lawrence (Angela) Rotenberry, Scott Hill; […]

Robert Wayne Calvert



ROBERT WAYNE CALVERT, 83, Locust Fork, died Jan. 16, 2016, at Tut Fann Veterans Home, Huntsville. Retired from Intergraph computer company, he also served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and enjoyed yard work. Predeceasing him were parents Thomas and Bessie Gober Calvert, wife Barbara Calvert, brothers Thomas Calvert, Jackie Calvert, and Ralph Calvert, […]


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