Full steam ahead for Susan Moore STEAM lab

An enthusiastic group of educators and their supporters gathered at Susan Moore Elementary School last week to celebrate the introduction of one of education’s newest learning concepts: the STEAM (science/technology/engineering/ arts/mathematics) laboratory. The Susan Moore STEAM lab is the second in Blount County, completed at a cost of $175,000. The first opened at Cleveland High School in January. Both labs […]

Board approves resolution supporting national motto; five-year capital plan

Blount County Board of Education

At its regular business meeting last week, the Blount County Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution supporting display of the national motto “In God We Trust” in the classrooms of Blount County Schools. The Alabama Legislature passed the law in its 2018 term, to take effect in July. District 34 Rep. David Standridge of Hayden, representing much of Blount […]

‘Why not try it’

Being a single parent has many challenges, but throw in a fulltime college schedule and the challenges rise to an even higher level. Caitlyn Green, Allison Morton, and Tammy Kelsoe can definitely attest to the struggles. All three women are currently in their second year at Wallace State Community College in Oneonta. The women, who are slated to graduate in […]

The Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit

The Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit is touring the state until December 2019, which will be the 200th birthday for the state of Alabama. Blount County and Blountsville celebrate their 200th birthdays this year as well. The county was formed in February 1818 while the area was a territory, almost two full years before statehood. The exhibit tells the […]

ALDOT requests bids for Cleveland roundabout

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has requested sealed bids from contractors for construction of a roundabout intersection at the junction of Ala 160 and Ala 79 in Cleveland. The detailed notice to contractors appears in the public notices section of the paper this week. The notice specifies the bid should cover grading, drainage, paving, lighting, traffic striping, and traffic […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FAIR is this week, through Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The fair will feature rides, entertainment, vendors, food, and much more. Gate admission is $5 and $10 for an armband good for unlimited rides. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The art and photo contest award ceremony will be tonight at 6 p.m., […]

Where’s my ribbon?

County Agent’s Corner

The butterflies and hummingbirds are telling me fall is near. The hummingbirds are stacking up around the feeders like planes around Atlanta. As soon as one lifts off, another takes its place with two more waiting their turn. The cloudless Sulphur butterflies daintily float by on their way south for the winter, sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs. You may not […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, September 19, 2001

Bert Goodwin was a Methodist minister and a dear friend to former The Blount Countian publisher and owner Molly Howard. As the nation reflects on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, The Blount Countian thought it fitting to reprint the guest editorial written by him the week after the attacks. I remember I REMEMBER – Sometimes I wish I did […]

Commission receives Jail Task Force report, votes to build jail addition

The Blount County Commission received recommendations from the Blount County Jail Task Force Monday. Judge John Dobson reported briefly that, while the task force found the jail well-managed, it needs additional beds and space to serve the inmate population. The task force found it also needs expansion of programs to provide rehabilitation sufficient to help inmates function as responsible and […]

Recipe Corner

Chicken and Dumplings

Welcome to the Recipe Corner! I’m going to start off with my momma’s chicken and dumplings because it is my earliest memory of cooking. I stood in a chair to reach the kitchen counter and my job was helping with the dumplings. Mom rolled them out and I got to cut them into strips and hand them to her. She […]