From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 14, 1985

School board borrowing funds to meet current payroll Blount County Board of Education is borrowing $50,000 from The Bank of Blountsville in order to meet current payroll. At the board’s Aug. 5 meeting, members approved Supt. Joe Hazelrig’s recommendation to borrow funds. “When we made out our budget at the beginning of the last school year, we knew we were […]

Officials set hearing date to grant public funds to new business


The Blount County Commission at its business meeting Monday set Sept. 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. for a public hearing on the 772 Agreement concerning a grant of $100,000 of public sales tax proceeds over a period of five years to aid in development of the new Chevron station and Subway store being built at the intersection of Ala 160 […]

Former Boaz coach dies at 39

Alison Whaley regularly shared #teamwhaley updates on social media during her husband Eric’s battle against cancer over the past two years. Sunday afternoon, she posted on Facebook, “today I got to hold my sweet Eric Whaley’s hand as he went to meet Jesus! Thank you for being my Love!” Whaley, 39, died Sunday afternoon around 2 at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS EDGEWOOD MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist is Johnny Allred, pastor is Kreg Reid. The church is located on County Road 13 in Locust Fork. UNITED CHILDREN OF GOD CHURCH (formerly Mt. Ebell Church), will have Pine Mountain Bluegrass Gospel Band performing on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m. WELCOME […]

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.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blackwell

Rebecca Bouchard, daughter of Barbara Sanchez of Concord, Calif., and Robert Eric Blackwell, son of Robert and Donna Blackwell of Oneonta, were united in marriage on July 15, 2017, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Calif. The bride is the granddaughter of William and Roberta Klaproth of Lafayette, Calif. She was given in marriage by her grandfather and serving […]

Murphree graduates

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert P. Murphree graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate […]

Infant Xander Gage Beasley

INFANT XANDER GAGE BEASLEY, died Aug. 11, 2017. Predeceasing him were grandparents Lindy and Nellie Beasley, Coy Brown, uncles Larry Brown and Wade Harris, and cousins Wesley Wilson and Brad Leslie. Surviving are mother Dani Beasley; sister Paisley Grace Beasley; grandparents Benny and Brenda Beasley, all of Centre Church Community of Oneonta, Kemi Meyers, Texas; great-grandparents Mavis Brown, Centre Church […]

James ‘Jimmy’ N. Blackwood

JAMES ‘JIMMY’ N. BLACKWOOD, 70, Cleveland, died July 16, 2017, at the residence. Predeceasing him were mother Peggie Blackwoood, father Edwin “Ed” Blackwood, and daughter Kim Sloan. Surviving are wife Olivia “Libby” Blackwood; daughter Susan Blackwood; granddaughter Samantha Blackwood (Brandon Denney); grandson Tristen Blackwood; great-granddaughters Olivia Shae, Kylee, and Mackenzie; sisters Joann (Perry) Gargus, Pam (Mark) Adcock, Hazelgreen; nieces and […]

Rickey Royce ‘Rick’ Brown

RICKEY ROYCE ‘RICK’ BROWN, 65, Mobile, died Aug. 1, 2017, at a Mobile hospital. A 1969 graduate of Susan Moore High School, he attended Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, earning a degree in education. He retired from teaching with Mobile County schools, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, a member of the Knights of Columbus […]