Lady Hornets move to 5-0

The Locust Fork Lady Hornets continued to mow down opponents with an 80- 30 victory at J.B. Pennington last Tuesday. The game was the 3A Area 11 opener for both teams. Locust Fork jumped all over the hosts, leading 27-5 after one quarter and then outscoring the Lady Tigers 17-5 in the second quarter to lead 44-10 at the half. […]

Finals are set


Hayden is the host school this year for the Blount County basketball tournaments and the junior high tournament will wrap up tomorrow, almost exactly a month earlier than usual. The junior high tournament was moved up in the calendar a month from January to December – the varsity tournament will still be held next month. The finals are set for […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS HIGH ROCK FIRST CONGREGATIONAL METHODIST will present ‘From the Manger to Judgment’ on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. The church is located just off Ala 160 on County Road 45. Follow the signs. PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a Watch Night service on Sunday, New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 p.m. Guest singers will be The […]

Arriaga headed to Yale

On Dec. 1, OHS student Rogelio Arriaga received the news that he had been selected from an initial pool of 15,606 applicants of the QuestBridge program to attend Yale University on a guaranteed full, four-year scholarship. QuestBridge is a national program that pairs high-achieving, low-income seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. The scholarship will cover tuition, room […]

A Love Story

And so, I write. Writing brings meaning and focus and, sometimes, release. This story is a bit of all three. Let’s start at the end. It is always a cheat-readers way of approaching a story. That is to find out the ending first to see if we want to invest our time in how the details of the story unfolded. […]

Tw o-handed turnip

Betty Ellison displays what we’ll call a family-size, giant turnip to the admiring multitudes in The Blount Countian’s front office. Her cousin Bill Ellison grew it in his garden patch near Antioch Church on Straight Mountain. Matter of fact, he grew several of them, without even intending to, and he’s not even sure the one he took Betty was the […]

Santa and Mrs. Claus coming to St. Vincent’s Blount

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at St. Vincent’s Blount this Friday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. The public is invited to this free event. This will be an opportunity to have your child photographed with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole, and provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy face […]

Wreck claims life of Oneonta man

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, a single-car crash on County Road 36 claimed the life of an Oneonta man last Friday, Dec. 8. The report indicated Leopoldo Mejia Chacon, 40, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado, when he left the road, and struck a tree. Chacon, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead on the scene. […]

Snead emerges from executive session, schedules special personnel meeting

Following their return from executive session, attending Snead Town Council members voted to hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the town community center to discuss personnel. The executive session occurred during the council’s regular Dec. 11 meeting and after town attorney Brett King indicated the session would be to discuss “good name and character.” That […]

Cast of thousands (so to speak) thanks CAWACO for $22,770

This group, broadly representing grant recipients, and headlined by two Blount County enablers holding the check– District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt, left, and District 34 Rep. David Standridge – assembled at Palisades Park for the grant announcement ceremony Dec. 5. It was worth a ceremony: the $22,770 was an omnibus education grant benefitting five education entities and five educational programs […]