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The Southern Democrat, February 23, 1983

Commissioners remove two mills Blount County commissioners kept their promise to area farmers in voting Feb. 14 to remove two mills from the 1983 ad valorem tax. Commissioners had agreed to the reduction following a July meeting with area farmers and Farm Bureau representatives. Farmers had asked for a decrease in light of recently-implemented property appraisal. Revenue from the two […]

City in line for $500,000+ airport grant


Oneonta city manager-economic developer Ed Lowe announced preliminary notification of a grant to resurface and rehabilitate its city runway and to alleviate approach problems to the facility. The $552,600 award remains contingent upon projected FAA funding under the present administration. Councilman Danny Robinson announced completion of his long-standing effort to redirect city ad valorem taxes presently sent from county coffers […]

Snead clears some matters, tables several others


In the absence of Mayor La’Shone Price, the Snead Town Council cleared a few lingering matters while opting to table several more. Personnel actions consumed much of the successful closings. Councilors accepted the previously submitted and acknowledged resignation of police officer Marcus Hudgins. Hudgins had served as the department’s canine officer and asked that he be allowed to continue possession […]

Car crashes into Blountsville Subway


The owner of the Blountsville Subway accidentally crashed his car through the side wall of the business at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday. Fortunately, the car came to a stop within just a couple of feet from a restaurant worker, and there were no injuries. The business had extensive damage to the building. Blountsville Police Chief Robert Grissom said the building […]

Season comes to an early end

High School Basketball

Everything must come to an end, some things just a little quicker than expected and that can be said for a remarkable run that Blount County has put together in high school basketball. Make that, had put together. Regional basketball tournaments are taking place this week and they are being held for the first time in more than 20 years […]

Rogers signs with UAB


Locust Fork High School senior Drew Rogers will continue his football career as an invited walk-on for coach Bill Clark and UAB. Rogers, who led the county in tackles and was named the Blount County Defensive Player of the Year, will compete for a spot at linebacker for the Blazers. ‘Drew is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coaches,’ […]

Nyota station goes live

West Blount VFD’s long-awaited Nyota station is now on line as of Feb. 1, with the grand opening celebrated Feb. 11. PIcture below from left are, West Blount Fire District Board members Annette Cox, Marty Stover, Greg Reid, West Blount VFD Chief J.J. Ivey, (not a board member, but an indispensible member of the group anyway), Delores Fort, and Bob […]

New virtual reality cave tour on tap at Rickwood Caverns

Alabama State Parks director Greg Lein, tries out the new virtual reality (VR) system in place at Rickwood Caverns. The VR goggles give a 360-degree view of the caverns so that when the user looks backwards, he can see what is behind him on an actual VR highlight tour of the cave. It’s especially designed for folks who aren’t physically […]

‘Helping Blount County become healthy since 2003’


“Wow, 15 years.” With The Gym celebrating their 15th year of “helping Blount County become healthy,” this is the thought of current owner Lynn Pass, as she reminisced. Looking back, Pass said the facility had five treadmills and six spinning bikes when it opened in 2003. They now have 12 treadmills and 28 spinning bikes available. She said the free […]

Sports Brief

TOWN OF BLOUNTSVILLE is accepting applications for spring/ summer workers now through Feb. 28. We are hiring for park and pool management and lifeguards. For more information call: 205-429-2406 or go by Blountsville Town Hall to apply, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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