Recipe Corner

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites with Dipping Sauce 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts½ cup apricot pepper jam18 center cut bacon strips, cut in halfSauce:1/3 cup apricot pepper jam2 Tbsp. water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a nonstick, oven-safe cookie cooling rack inside a rimmed baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cut chicken breasts into one inch cubes and place […]

Body acts on motions affecting municipalities, other routine matters

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission in its Monday business meeting acted on the following separate items affecting its relations with county governments in 2020: • passed a memo of understanding regarding debris removal in the event of natural disasters for fiscal year 2020, required to allow municipalities to avail themselves of discounted removal rates, if needed • passed a joint exercise […]

Announcement: temporary road closing

County Highway 9 – connecting the Sugar Creek area on Ala 160 to the Bangor community on U.S. 31 – will be closed for one week, possibly longer, beginning Monday, Sept. 16. The purpose is rail and asphalt replacement by CSX Railroad at the Bangor railroad crossing. Barricades will be set up on either side of the crossing. County 9 […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 9, 1926

Alleged ‘shiner’ is denied bond If moonshiners in Alabama arm themselves to resist arrest when officers raid their still and one of their members kills an officer, all of the party are guilty of murder. This ruling had been made Wednesday by the Alabama Court of Appeals, following an attempt of Harold Lawrence, of Blount County, who is charged with […]

Board approves FY 2020 budget, capital plan

Blount County Board of Education

After hearing chief financial officer Cindy Parker’s second presentation on the 2020 fiscal year budget, the Blount County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve it, along with the 2020 capital plan and Superintendent Rodney Green’s operating recommendations for September. (See charts at right for the 2020 budget and capital projects plan.) The board approved: Field trips • Appalachian Junior […]

Roy Joe ‘Little Man’ Battles

ROY JOE ‘LITTLE MAN’ BATTLES, 76, Altoona, died Sept. 6, 2019. Danny Skillman officiated the 11 a.m. service held Sept. 9 at Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Nancy Skillman Box

NANCY SKILLMAN BOX, 64, Walnut Grove, died Aug. 28, 2019, at Grandview Hospital, Birmingham. Predeceasing her were husband Kenneth Box, parents Ottis and Ruby Jo Hubbard Skillman, and siblings Richard Skillman, Mary Bearden, Julius Skillman, Elsie Mae Allred, Louise Hollingsworth, and Bonnie Clements. Surviving are son Kevin (Julie) Box, Altoona; daughter Katrina (Noah) Jennings, Altoona; grandchildren Ashley (Dalton) Nolen, Caitlyn […]

Clifford L. Bradford

CLIFFORD L. BRADFORD, 68, Pinson, died Sept. 2, 2019. He was a member of Union Chapel Baptist Church and loved woodworking and antiques. Predeceasing him were parents Ambrose and Edna Bradford and brother Buford Bradford. Surviving are wife of 50 years Barbara H. Bradford; son Chris (Kendra) Bradford; daughter Jenefer (Nicholas) Majors; grandchildren Owen Bradford, Ty Bradford; sister Brenda (Ron) […]

James Carroll Sr.

JAMES CARROLL SR., 80, Locust Fork, died Sept. 2, 2019, at the residence. Funeral service was held Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m., at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Alabama National Cemetery.

Imogene Hillburn

IMOGENE HILBURN, 91, Hayden, died Sept. 3, 2019, at Diversicare Nursing Facility, Oneonta. Curtis Ray Atkinson officiated the 11 a.m. service held Sept. 5 at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Austin Creek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.


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