2019-09-04 E-Edition

Y’all come

Offering thrilling rides, the 66th Annual Blount County Fair is heading your way. This family tradition, which began in Blount County in 1953, will be held Sept. 10-14. Gates will open at 5 p.m. The Blount County fair is one of only 22 county fairs held throughout the state. This year’s fair will feature a professionally managed and family-friendly midway […]

Board approves routine items

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education heard the first reading of the 2020 fiscal year budget in special session last week, following approval of Superintendent Rodney Green’s routine operating recommendations. The board approved: • field trips: Locust Fork Elementary School’s sixth-grade students to go to Camp Cosby, March 18-20, 2020; Southeastern School’s fourth- and fifth-grade students to go to the […]

Parents and adult fans: the biggest challenge facing high school sports today

MONTGOMERY – Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Alabama is a growing concern. When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3 percent said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.” The men and women who wear the black and white […]


BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum and Blount County Historical Society invites Blount County citizens, descendents of William Edward and Ola Idella England of Holly Springs, and anyone who attended Holly Springs School to the dedication of the Holly Springs School historical marker. The dedication is today, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. at 7284 County Highway 27, Springville. FREE FISH […]

Blount EMS equips fleet with leading-edge pediatric restraints

Blount EMS was one of only 20 EMS services (out of some 300 statewide) to receive a grant for pediatric restraint units from Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC). The agency distributed 200 restraint units – 100 of each type – among the 20 chosen applicants. The $30,000 grant with no matching requirement enabled Blount EMS to receive 24 units […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson What is the worst thing you did today? Last week? Last month? Last year? What is the worst thing you have ever done? “It’s in the past,” we tell ourselves. “No one has to know about it. It is locked away and will never see the light of day again.” In Joshilyn Jackson’s […]

Proposed raises discussed during work session

Blount County 911 Board

Blount County 911 employees could see a 50 cents per hour pay increase across the board after October if a plan discussed during a recent work session is approved by the board. 911 Director Neal Brooks discussed the idea as the board looked at a new budget for the upcoming year. Brooks said the pay increase would bring Blount County […]

Coming soon… batting cage

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council met last Thursday in a special called meeting to approve a plan required by the State of Alabama in order for the town to receive its portion of the gasoline tax increase that went into effect Sept. 1. The state’s new 10-cent fuel tax increase, known as The Rebuild Alabama Act, is set to take place […]

Recipe Corner

Butter Mints 1/2 package cream cheese (4 oz.)2 Tbsp. butter1 box powdered sugar1/4 tsp. peppermint extract1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract In a nonstick saucepan, melt cream cheese and butter. Stir in powdered sugar. Add extracts and stir. When it starts to cool and can be handled, roll into ropes and lay out on parchment paper and cut into bite size […]