2019-06-12 E-Edition

‘Buy fresh, buy local’

When you think fresh and local produce, one thing comes to mind – the Blount County Farmer’s Market. Vendors kicked off another season of showcasing fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other homemade items for sale, on June 1. The Blount County Farmer’s Market is a state-sanctioned endeavor that allows folks to “buy fresh, buy local” and support the […]

Garbage pickup launch shaky in West Blount; expected to improve

Residential garbage pickup in District 1 in the county’s western area got off to a shaky start last week following the changeover to Republic Services as the exclusive franchise provider for the first time in that area. Republic has served the remaining area of the county since 2014. The situation was compounded by two circumstances, according to county administrator John […]

Tyson spill

A spill at the Tyson rendering plant in Hanceville, previously known as American Proteins, Inc. and now River Valley Ingredients, caused the company to issue a statement Friday saying, “Due to a failure in a pipe owned by River Valley Ingredients located near Hanceville, Ala., partially treated effluent (liquid waste/sewage) is believed to have reached the Dave Young Creek, which […]

New Southeastern School principal

With a dedication to education, Susan West is preparing for her new role as principal of Southeastern School. “I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to touch the lives of children, the faculty, and the community,” she said. “From the time that I first came to Southeastern as a teacher, I never wanted to leave. Since then, I haven’t […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet tomorrow, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, June 13, and Thursdays, July 11, and August 8, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend. BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Blountsville Historical Park has a big night planned […]

Between the Lines

There is nothing like a sunset drive through Blount County, right? Monday night I attended the Chamber of Commerce’s “Gathering at Bear Meat Cabin” in Blountsville. The program started at 6:30 p.m. with live folk music in the pavilion at the Blountsville Historical Park. First, if you have never been to the park, you should prioritize a visit. The amount […]

Coleslaw anyone?

Siblings Jake (left) and Audrey Doty of Cleveland proudly pose with cabbages they grew with the help of grandfather Keith McCay of Locust Fork. Jake (7) and Audrey (4) planted, fertilized, hoed and tended to the plants. Due to extreme heat, they had to harvest earlier than they would have liked. Jake’s head was 13 inches in diameter; Audrey’s was […]

Blountsville Alabama Power office to close

Alabama Power announced last week that it will close its Blountsville office Aug. 2. The company currently has 86 offices statewide, but will close 40 of them this summer. Other nearby offices affected include Gardendale, Ashville, Attalla, and Leeds. Two employees currently work in the Blountsville office. “Our intent is to work with all affected employees and provide them as […]

“…and he shall direct thy paths”

(Proverbs 3:6b)

Blount County native Alton Bynum proclaims Proverbs 3:5-6 his favorite Biblical passage. The retired founder and 35-year head of Gordon College’s (Wenham, Mass.) music department and former nearly 22-year choir director of Boston’s Park Street Church notes he pined for his students in the early days of his now 20-year retirement. He and his wife had welcomed music students from […]