Susan Moore Winterguard are state champs

Susan Moore High School Winterguard teams have been hard at work this year learning routines for several competitions this season. The hard work paid off last weekend. Under the direction of Tad Brannen, the varsity team earned a gold medal in the AA Division of the Southeastern Colorguard Circuit, and the title of Alabama State Champs in the AA Division […]

Employee issues dominate Snead council session

First reported last week, two town employees tendered their resignations. Town clerk Rae Ware read a statement announcing her retirement followed by Mayor La’Shone Price reading town hall employee Kay Whitman’s resignation letter. Ware provided The Blount Countian a copy of the statement she read to the council, and the newspaper obtained a copy of the Whitman public resignation letter. […]

Commission addresses mold problem at Family Services Center

Blount County Commission

At an emergency special meeting Friday, Circuit Judge Steven King briefed the Blount County Commission on actions he initiated recently to assess health conditions by contracting for professional air quality testing in the juvenile probation office area of the Family Services Center. King said he did so in his role as presiding judge with assigned responsibility for the health and […]

When Life

After a series of life events, marriage, divorce, finding love again, a miscarriage, the birth of three children, and leaving a job she loved to become a stay-at-home mom for her three children – including her oldest son who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum – Melinda Bowens (pictured at right) wanted to create a company whose […]


FARM EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT AUCTION J.B. Pennington High School will host the fifth annual event Saturday, April 6, beginning at 9 a.m., with viewing Friday, April 5, from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. until the auction begins. All types of farm, construction, and lawn and garden equipment, ATVs, trailers, trucks, and tools will be available. Consignment fee […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Team of Vipers: My 500 ExtraordinaryDays in the Trump White House by Cliff Sims, Former Special Assistant to the President Donald Trump is the name that invokes exuberant cheers from one group and immediate indignation from another. You hardly ever find middle ground. Like the Alabama Crimson Tide, the New England Patriots, and the Golden State Warriors, people seem to […]

Fertilizing your fruit trees

County Agent’s Corner

Every old home place has a few fruit trees. Back in the day, one couldn’t just take off to the grocery store to purchase fruit, so folks grew their own. I remember my grandparents had a red June apple that was delicious. They had Montmorency cherry trees, Kiefer and Orient pears, and a couple varieties of pecans as well. They […]

Wallace State, Tyson Foods team up

Wallace State Community College’s Adult Education program and Tyson Foods, Inc. in Blountsville have formed a partnership to begin providing onsite ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to employees at the Tyson facility. Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of the free GED prep and job skills development classes at any Wallace State campus, including the Oneonta location. […]

Wallace’s EMS program proven successful

According to a Jan. 3 press release, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program offered to high school students enrolled as dual enrollment students has already proven successful. Oneonta campus EMS instructor Casey Hackney said several students have transferred to four-year colleges using the credentials earned in the program or have used their credentials to obtain jobs at hospitals such as […]


In last week’s article “Get out and enjoy Blount County,” the grand opening date for King’s Bend Overlook Park was incorrect. The park will open sometime this summer.