Bentley forced out; Ivey in as governor

After months and months of rumor, innuendo and speculation, Gov. Robert Bentley agreed to resign Monday. In his place, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey was sworn in as the state’s 54th governor and just the second female governor in state history. As part of a plea agreement, Bentley agreed to never again hold public office. He was booked into the Montgomery […]

Commission appoints acting county engineer; awards bids for first MBCF road projects


The Blount County Commission voted unanimously at its Monday business meeting to name Dustin Stewart acting county engineer, replacing former county engineer Winston Sitton, who resigned to take a job in another county. Stewart’s compensation was set at $79,433, plus benefits. The commission deferred action on advertising for a permanent replacement to fill the position until next month’s business meeting. […]

Former teacher pleads guilty

Ashley Pruitt, a former teacher in the Blount County system, pleaded guilty last week to charges ranging from deviant sexual intercourse to sending sexually explicit photographs herself to students. Pruitt, who was a teacher at Locust Fork High during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, transferred to Appalachian for the 2014- 2015 school year. She was at Appalachian until January […]

Old U.S. 231 bridge stalemate moves forward

Commission Chairman Chris Green reported in the county commission work session last week that a modest breakthrough has been achieved in deliberations concerning the status of the old U.S. 231 bridge across the Locust Fork River north of Cleveland. Easement rights to the property adjoining the bridge have been contested since the county received a grant in 2014 to further […]

Blue Ribbon Dinner

Coinciding with April’s National Child Abuse Prevention month, the Blount County Children’s Center has planned their biggest fundraiser of the year on April 25 at Oneonta’s World Outreach Center. Jim Ed Clayton, executive director said, “Here at the Children’s Center, we rely on grants and United Way funding, but we would not exist without the financial support of individuals in […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will host Rev. James C. Fields Jr., tomorrow, April 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium for the second in its Addressing the Issues Program series. Fields is a former legislator from Cullman who will speak on the topic ‘Separation of Chuch and State in a Multi-cultural Society.’ The public is invited. BLOUNT […]

Gentlemen 101

On April 4, members of the Locust Fork Masonic Lodge #481, Deputy Grand Master for the State, David Tucker, and other invited speakers took the opportunity to provide five Locust Fork High School deserving male students an informative and hands-on class entitled Gentlemen 101. Members of the Masonic Lodge believe this class to be a valuable asset for the community. […]

Two newest businesses in Hayden get mayoral intro

The two newest retail establishments in the Hayden area are eateries: Daylight Donuts (above) – a few days old – and Papa John’s Pizza (below) – a few months old. They recently got an official introduction to several influential leaders of the county when Hayden Mayor Larry Armstrong hosted the periodic mayor’s meeting. ‘I served them pizza from Papa John’s […]

Weather disasters: being ready’s half the battle

The prediction of potentially dangerous weather on April 5, when North Alabama was expected to be caught between the hammer and anvil of two approaching storm fronts – a threat that thankfully didn’t materialize – occasions this look at severe weather preparedness in the county. Only five reports of storm damage were made to 911 that day – all downed […]

J.B. Pennington High School… rising from the ashes

Blount County Superintendent Rodney Green (left) gives a detailed briefing on costs of restoration of J. B. Pennington High School to District 11 Representative Randall Shedd, and House of Representatives Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville, during an extended walk-through of the building. While fire damage was extensive, smoke and water damage were equally so, according to Green. A major […]