One killed, two injured in head-on collision on Co. Rd. 1

A head-on collision between a Dodge Dakota truck and a Volkswagen Passat on County Road 1 just north of St. Andrews Parkway resulted in one fatality and two injuries Sunday about 7 p.m., according to Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn. Dead at the scene of the fiery crash was Perry Layne Coleman, 35, of Birmingham, driver of the Dakota. […]

Terry Sligh Chevrolet hosts Rib Rally for education

Terry Sligh Chevrolet will host a barbecue contest called “Rib Rally” this Saturday, May 20, at the dealership lot in Oneonta – with an open house included to boot. “Come out and cook for a cause during Blount County’s first ever Rib Rally!” exhorts the sauce-colored flyer for the event. All proceeds will benefit OFFER (Oneonta Foundation For Educational Resources) […]

Locust Fork and Hayden move on to Montgomery

Six Blount County high school softball teams qualified for last week’s North Central Regional in Tuscaloosa and two were able to navigate their way through the field and make it to this week’s state tournament in Montgomery. 3A Locust Fork took the easy route. Kirk Ingram’s Lady Hornets won all three games in Tuscaloosa. Locust Fork knocked off Carbon Hill […]

Bulldogs fall in title game

One of the most impressive – and unexpected – runs in Alabama high school soccer history came to an end last Friday as Susan Moore fell 2-1 to Indian Springs in the 1A/3A boys final at John Hunt Park in Huntsville. Susan Moore didn’t field a soccer team in 2015 or 2016 but that didn’t seem to matter this year. […]

Appalachian wins Anything Goes

The smallest school in the county? Yep, but in the world of quasi-Olympic contests it doesn’t matter as Appalachian outpointed the seven other schools in Blount County to win the 2017 Anything Goes last Thursday at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The event serves as one of the two main fundraisers for the Danny B. Hicks Scholarship Foundation. The other […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS LEE’S CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have a gospel concert featuring Robert and Pam Glass on Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. MOUNT PLEASANT MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have Homecoming and Decoration on Sunday, May 21, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Singing Commodores will perform, lunch will be served, with more singing to follow lunch. The […]

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.

Dogs pose problem


The Cleveland Town Council heard a complaint about a potentially dangerous dog at its regular monthly meeting last week. Nicole and Greg Carter addressed the council and described a couple of incidents involving four loose dogs at the town’s walking track. One of the dogs, a pit bull mix, chased Mrs. Carter, causing her to run to the top of […]

Some Snead councilors skeptical of ambulance board


In a questioned three-member vote with three abstentions, the Snead Town Council declined to join Blount County’s 911 proposed ambulance advisory board. Town clerk Rae Ware advised members that with all six present, the proposal needed at least four votes to pass. Councilman Tim Kent spoke in favor of the board but abstained in the vote, having previously noted he […]

Graves signs with JSU

Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow J.B. Pennington classmates, senior Josh Graves signed a cheerleading scholarship with Jacksonville State University ( JSU) last week. “If anybody can fire up a crowd, its Josh,” said Melanie Ganus, who has been Graves’s cheerleading coach for the last two years. As a part of the 31-member JSU cheerleading squad, Graves will endure a […]