Hornets have a new nest

Friday, Aug. 31 was not just about a football game. It was about the experience of past and present coming together to honor all who have contributed to Locust Fork football. After a long summer of construction, former and current athletes took the field to celebrate the “new” Hornet stadium. Blount County Board of Education Superintendent Rodney Green, Locust Fork […]

Here comes the fun

The 65th annual Blount County Fair, slated for Sept. 11 – 15, will offer five days of bright lights, exciting rides, great food, and loads of fun. Family-owned and operated Paradise Amusements will be in charge of the midway, while vendors, individuals, and organizations will fill the Agri-Business Center with booths, merchandise, arts and crafts, and other exhibits. The schedule […]

Dalton Wester musters out

For third time in 58 years

The first time Dalton Wester mustered out was in 1982 when he retired following his 20-plus years in the Navy. The second time was when he retired after 24 years as Blount County veterans service officer for the Veterans Administration, the role in which many Blount County veterans (and their families) knew him. He materially assisted many of them by […]

Snead authorizes continued work on new subdivision

The Snead Town Council approved developer David Jackson’s request to continue work on his proposed new Dodd Road subdivision, Broken Arrow. City engineer Robert Nelson and attorney Brett King endorsed the plans Jackson has submitted to authorities. Members also agreed to councilman Tim Kent’s motion to begin plans to widen Dodd Road by pursuing easements from affected property owners. Kent […]


MAKING ALABAMA: A Bicentennial travel exhibition will be on display at the Frank Green Building auditorium beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Thursday, Sept. 27. A ribbon cutting will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. KOREAN WAR VETERANS will meet Saturday, […]

Between the Lines

Things are changing in Blount County. One of the changes that I am particularly excited about is at The Blount Countian. It’s almost serendipitous to see it arrive in the hands of someone who admired Molly Howard and her vision so much. Molly, then Rob Rice, held strong to the notion that a successful community paper is the life of […]

Teach them to fish!

County Agent’s Corner

I have been a fisherman since I was big enough to walk, but I have never caught anything quite like this! Six-year-old Riley Green, of Blountsville, hauled in this farm pond monster back in April. I can’t claim the fish, but I can claim Riley; she’s my granddaughter. She and her dad were enjoying an afternoon of fishing when this […]

Build it so they will come

Last year when four Locust Fork High School seniors/ambassadors were given the challenge of finding a way to make an impact with the curriculum at their school, they began looking for a room within the school to study. When the students were encouraged to meet with media specialist Grindl Weldon about possibly using an area within the school’s library, they […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 8, 1938

Personals Free your wife of kitchen drudgery by eating at The City Cafe. Lost – one pair of spectacles, dark rimmed with one ear piece off, in dark leather case. Finder please return to A.S. Bains, Oneonta. Lost – Between Gulf Filling Station and Worth Tolbert’s, a pocketbook containing $106 in currency, besides papers. Finder return and receive reward. Can […]

Bulldogs best Tigers in overtime

After four hard-fought quarters, the J.B. Pennington Tigers and the visiting Susan Moore Bulldogs went at it back and forth, but Susan Moore came out on top in a thrilling overtime victory, besting the Tigers 28-21. Susan Moore began strong with quarterback Andrew McEvoy hitting Richo Findley (two catches for 31 yards), with a 25-yard touchdown pass during their first […]