2019-12-11 E-Edition

Statham wins World Food Championship

Blount County native Matthew Statham, along with more than 1,500 chefs, traveled to Dallas, Texas, in October for the culinary battle of their lives. Teams from 40 states and 15 countries competed at the Eighth Annual World Food Championships, the largest food competition in the world. The multi-day, live-event culinary competition showcased some of the world’s best cooking masters competing […]

Naval base victim has Blount County connection

Last Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola claimed the lives of three sailors. The victims, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, and Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, were attending class when shots rang out. The heroes reportedly ran toward the gunman and possibly saved many lives by taking a direct and heroic approach. Watson, who […]

Redskins march in Nashville, Franklin Christmas parades

The Oneonta Redskin Marching Band kicked off the holiday season in the Volunteer State over the weekend marching in both the Nashville and Franklin annual Christmas parades. More than 100,000 people lined the streets of downtown Nashville for the 66th annual parade. The Redskin Band was one of 15 high school and college bands invited to attend. That parade stepped […]


BLOUNT COUNTY CHRISTMAS PARADE has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will celebrate Alabama’s 200th birthday with a wine tasting Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes & Hops, 231 First Avenue East, Oneonta. Chamber Christmas breakfast will be Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m., at […]

Between the Lines

Today was a day. A day where it starts off wrong and seems to melt from there forward. I hate those days. Not because I can’t handle a bad day, but because what it does to me. I’m human. As much as I try to be patient and understanding, today I was the opposite. From one thing to the next, […]

How to choose and care for the perfect Christmas tree

County Agent’s Corner

As the Thanksgiving holiday becomes a fond memory, our focus shifts to all things Christmas. And the pinnacle of Christmas decorating is finding the perfect tree. If fresh-cut trees are not your thing, then this article is not for you. However, if your goal is to find a tree that even Lucy is proud of (forgive the Peanuts reference), there […]

Helping hands

The Blount County Memorial Museum is once again a collection point for toys that will be distributed to children in the county by the Blount County office of the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Pine Grove Baptist Church’s youth group is also pitching in to collect toys for the drive. The Rosa church’s seventh through ninth graders volunteered to make […]

Local schools win ‘Best Hustle Award’

Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit that breaks down barriers to prosperity, announced that five Blount County schools will receive the Best Hustle Award for successfully improving its early Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion by at least 10 percent from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1. This year, 120 Alabama high schools earned this recognition, including: Hayden High School […]

Fire department approved to apply for grant

Town of Blountsville

Blountsville Town Council met Monday, Dec. 2. The council heard from Lori Criswell regarding the audit presentation for the fiscal year ending Sept. 20, 2018. She explained several of the major highlights in the packet. The motion was approved to accept the audit presentation. In other business, the council approved: • a motion to purchase a Blountsville Police Department vehicle […]