State 3A band champions

The Susan Moore Bulldog Band scored 82.5 points and secured first place in the 3A division at the inaugural Alabama State Marching Band Championship at Muscle Shoals High School last weekend. Their score earned them the title of state champions in their division. The band also received awards for best in class in the drum major and colorguard divisions. Other […]

Short answers on what the Animal Adoption Center and control officer will/won’t do

Because of continuing public confusion over county animal control policy, The Blount Countian interviewed county administrator John Bullard, who has overall responsibility for animal control policy and operations, for definitive answers on basic questions. In answers given below, “animals” basically applies to dogs and cats, with rare exceptions. It does not apply to wildlife or farm animals. Routine calls on […]

Good news for the good guys

The empty parking lot across from the Sheriff’s Department/Correctional Facility looked like the staging area for an automobile auction – or for a movie chase scene involving a formation of police cars – one morning last week. The department had just taken delivery of five new Ford Explorer patrol cars, acquired at a total cost, including radios, lights, and on-board […]

Support system for RTD

Sheriff-elect Mark Moon, left, and jail administrator Capt. Ron Adkins show off a soon-to-be common sight on county roads in Blount County. It’s the RTD MTTS. RTD stands for Roadside Trash Detail, the new program for county roadside sanitation beginning Jan. 1 and delivered throughout the county on a rotating basis by selected teams of inmates of the Blount County […]

Oneonta, owner discuss possible donation of Heritage Golf to city

Amid rumors of possible closing of Heritage Golf – which owner Bethanne Mashburn quickly refuted – Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe confirmed that discussions are in progress with Mashburn and her legal team concerning possible donation of the golf course and restaurant to the City of Oneonta. “Yes, we’re in discussion with the owner for the city to receive ownership […]


BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Mio Sogno Ristorante in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited. MT. PLEASANT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL will have a Veterans Day Program on Friday, Nov. 9, with a breakfast for all veterans at 7:15 a.m., and the program to begin at 8 a.m. The school is located at […]


In last week’s article on the Mt. High fire district referendum, the statement was made that “one paid firefighter is on duty at one station at all times.” It is attributed to Mt. High fire chief Bob Sanford. The statement is not correct and Sanford did not make it. In pointing out the newspaper’s error, Sanford said one of the […]

Book Review

Noah’s Wife by T.K. Thorne Noah’s Wife is a historical fiction novel set long ago when the Black Sea was a freshwater lake. This is the time in which geologists believe a great flood occurred in the Black Sea region (5500 BCE). Na’amah, the novel’s main character, is an intelligent, attractive woman suffering from a form of autism that has […]

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County Agent’s Corner

A good Master Gardener friend of mine once asked, “Can I grow peaches at home?” My reply was, “Yes, if you are willing to spend the money.” I know that all of us would like to plant a few peach or apple trees in the backyard to harvest fruit for eating, or making preserves, jellies, and jams. However, there are […]

Recipe Corner

Cheese Muffins 1 ½ cup self-rising flour1 cup sugar1 cup shredded cheddar cheese4 Tbsp melted butter¾ cup milk1 egg¼ tsp pure vanilla extract Combine all ingredients and spoon into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees until golden. Makes 12 muffins. These muffins are so yummy! You might want to double the recipe if you plan on anyone else […]