Pediatric Therapy team wins Rotary Dodgeball title

Led by athletic local attorney Brandon Neal, the team from Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services won the 2017 Dodgeball Tournament last Saturday at Mc- Daniel Gym in Oneonta. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Oneonta Rotary Club and goes toward the group’s scholarship fund. Sixteen teams competed in the double-elimination event, which was streamed live by […]

Area tournaments set for this week


The high school softball regular season is now over and area tournaments are being played this week. Some tournaments were actually held earlier this week. The 1A Area 11 Tournament at Appalachian began Monday with Southeastern meeting Coosa Christian. Appalachian is the only other team in the tournament and the championship game was scheduled for yesterday (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. […]

Church Briefs

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CHURCH will have a yard sale to benefit church projects on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The church is located at 2678 Valley Grove Road, Remlap. HAYS CEMETERY in Hayden will celebrate Decoration/Memorial Day on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 10 a.m., with a special bagpipe performance by Ben […]

Calling all pastors

The Blount Countian, in an effort to enhance our “church page,” invites all local pastors to submit devotionals for publication consideration. Please limit your submission to 150 words or less. Email submissions to with “Devotion” as the subject line. We reserve the right to edit or reject submissions.

News Briefs

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY There will be a book sale on Friday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. sponsored by The Friends of the Blountsville Public Library. LOCUST FORK MARCHING BAND will host a 5K Color Run on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 9 a.m. There will also be a one-mile fun run/walk. Contact Genia Horn at 796-4688 for […]

Frazer addresses historical society on World War I book

Former Enstar CEO Nimrod Frazer addressed the Blount County Historical Society Sunday on his 2014 book, Send the Alabamians. The scholarly work reviews the 1911 contributions of the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Emmet O’Neal to the state’s militia, and, along with other Alabama National Guard units, its use in the Mexican incursion of 1916. Frazer contends the Alabamians demonstrated admirable […]

Sawyer Nash England

Robert and Kate England of Snead announce the birth of their son, Sawyer Nash England. Sawyer was born on March 27, 2017, at Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz, weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches long. Grandparents are Eddie and Patricia England of Fairfield, and Tim “Bud” and Debbie Graves of Royal. Great-grandparents are Reba Hemphill of […]

Sanders wins cook-off

Matt Sanders, a senior at Hayden High School, won first place in the senior north division of the Alabama Cattleman’s Association State Beef Cook-Off held recently. Matt won the Blount County contest in November, which was sponsored by the school FCCLA club (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America). His winning dish was creole grillades with baked garlic cheese grits. […]

Future farmers?

Kid’s Day on the Farm was held last week at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Second-graders from each county school saw livestock, farm equipment, demonstrations, crops, and many other exhibits. Each student received a T-shirt and milk and cookies. Teachers brought home ag-related goody bags for their classrooms. The Blount County Farmers Federation, Women’s Committee, Young Farmers, and the FFA […]


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama warning Alabamians of phone scam

BIRMINGHAM, AL. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is making their customers and Alabamians aware of a current telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. These scammers represent themselves as Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees. The perpetrator may use various tactics to obtain or verify the victim’s personal information. It is important to know that Blue […]

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