Candidates speak at Hayden forum

2018 election

Ten candidates for three contested Blount County offices spoke and answered questions Thursday night at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the West Blount Chamber of Commerce and the town of Hayden. The event unfolded to a packed house at the Hayden Community Center, moderated by attorney Greg Reid. Format was opening statement from each candidate, followed questions from the audience […]

Snead minutes reveal hazardous spill and more

After officials approved their minutes, The Blount Countian learned of a special called meeting by the Snead Town Council held on March 5, 2018. In that meeting, held at the town hall, town attorney Brett King addressed the matter of a fire and hazardous waste spill that occurred around 2 p. m. on Friday, March 2. Don Roybal, director of […]

Trees, power lines bear brunt of storm damage

A dark and stormy night

The stormy weather that moved across the U.S. 278 corridor from Mississippi to Georgia Monday night took a toll on trees and power lines, but was mercifully sparing of Blount County homes and other structures. Gov. Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency effective at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the 27 counties in northern and east central Alabama affected by […]

Man killed during struggle over pistol

Randall Devin Lawrence, 23, of Hayden, was killed the evening of March 15 when a struggle over a pistol between his brother and his father resulted in a shot fired that passed through his brother’s hand, striking Lawrence in the chest and killing him, according to authorities. The father, Barry Dewayne Beasley, had threatened suicide during a domestic dispute and […]

Districts to get inmate workers

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission agreed to a new inmate-work program that will place two inmates with each district during the day. The new program was approved at the commission’s regular meeting Monday. As presented by jail administrator Ron Adkins, the basics of the program call for each district to receive two inmates for work each weekday, as needed. The districts […]


ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The movie ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ will be shown on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. The Homeschool Hangout group will meet Monday, March 26, at 1 p.m., to learn origami. All homeschoolers are welcome. Twisted Stitchers is meeting Mondays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at noon. Having trouble with your electronic devices? Receive personal help […]

Man killed by grandmother at campsite off Adams Road

Daniel Wesley Dorning, 28, was fatally shot by his grandmother, Sue Dorning, 66, of Joy Road, following an altercation at his campsite in a wooded area off Adams Road Wednesday evening. The grandmother had gone to the campsite where Dorning had pitched a tent when the argument ensued. The younger Dorning, thought to have been mentally troubled, was said by […]


The Blount Countian reported last week in connection with an article on a police chase ending near Wilson’s Chapel that there were no injuries sustained by any of the law enforcement or civilian parties involved. That is incorrect. Carolyn Hogeland, a resident of County Road 36, was driving on that road when her vehicle was struck by one of the […]

The governor’s race has begun


When talk turns to politics in Alabama, it usually leads to the governor’s race. In Alabama politics the governor’s office is the brass ring. It is talked about more than anything else around coffee clubs and kitchen tables from Sand Mountain to the Wiregrass. It is comparable to college football being the king of all sports in Alabama. This infatuation […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, March 20, 2013

Widespread damage after storm Monday afternoon’s storm left trees down, wires hanging, roof damage, mobile homes destroyed and power outages all across the Blount County area. At one point, EMA director Max Armstrong said dispatch had 90 open calls. “For now, it seems this was all straight-line winds, nothing, so far, has indicated any rotation,” Armstrong said. “It appeared that […]