Four from county make all-state teams

The Alabama Sports Writers Association has named their high school all-state teams for the 2018 season. Each team represents the best players in each of eight classes. ASWA selects a player of the year and hitter of the year in each class, as well as the super 10 players, regardless of class. This season four athletes, two baseball players and […]

‘It can happen so fast’

Summer is here, almost. Almost, because it does not officially begin until June 21, but in terms of temperature, it is here. Sweltering humidity and 90+ degree heat for many means a dip in the pool, local swimming hole, lake, or Gulf. Splashing around is fun and refreshing, but some commonsense rules should be adhered to in order to avoid […]

Former Blount County deputy arrested

As of Monday, former Blount County sheriff’s deputy James William “Trey” Parsons III, 27, remains behind bars without bond in Jefferson County on charges of domestic violence by strangulation, first-degree sodomy, and escape. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), an investigation into Parsons began May 15 when an adult female made a report of a domestic violence incident […]

Commission hears complaint, considers grant, mulls jail water problems

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission heard a complaint from Bob Bynum, a local builder residing in District 3, concerning a problem of a year’s standing involving diversion of water onto a parcel of property he owns in the Five Points area of District 4. During the discussion, county attorney Scott Barnett warned commissioners on three occasions that they need not answer […]

Swann Bridge damaged and temporarily closed

A Saturday night accident damaged the western entrance of Swann Bridge, causing it to be closed until further notice. According to county engineer Dustin Stewart, a gentleman lost control of his vehicle and hit the timber knee wall of the bridge. The impact caused the wing wall to be ripped off. The accident is being investigated by the Alabama State […]


BAMACARRY BLOUNT COUNTY will have the next meeting tomorrow, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails restaurant in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited. BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Rob NeSmith will speak about mandatory prison sentencing. Members and interested residents are invited. […]

Stung one time too many!

County Agent’s Corner

This week, as you drive by the Frank Green Building in Oneonta, you may see an unusual sight. Beekeeping Camp will be underway Wednesday through Friday, and you may see some of the kids suited up ready to rob the hive. This is simulated of course; we would never let the kids work with live honeybees. About 55 years ago […]

Green musical family to sing at Carnegie Hall

Full disclosure, right off the bat: the headline is deceptive – but it’s accurate. The full immediate family of Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green – Chris himself, along with wife Pam and daughters Hannah (Maze) and Mary Grace (Hicks) – will join a 200-voice choir with orchestra that will participate in a concert performance of “The Music of Pepper […]

DAV fundraiser for Camp Corral

A trip to the Golden Corral restaurant in Center Point will offer diners more than just a chance to fill up on the wide selection of food offered. It will also afford an opportunity to donate to a fundraiser that pays for the children of military veterans to attend summer camp. Members of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Blount County […]

Blount County man killed in Birmingham crash

Michael Lee Gable, 30, of Hayden was killed in west Birmingham last Thursday morning when the motorcycle he was driving collided with another vehicle at the intersection of 35th Street and Avenue C. Gable was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Avenue C when a vehicle pulled out in front of the motorcycle. Gable was transported to […]