Shop with a cop


The Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Blount County 911 are partnering together to host Shop With a Cop on Monday, Dec. 23. The purpose of this event is to help out a Blount County family in need and also allow several children to help purchase items to make this Christmas a joyous occasion for one or more families. Sheriff Mark […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 10, 1953

Blount’s old courthouse to be razed to make room for the new; new building to cost almost half-million After a period of nearly 60 years, Blount County is to have a new courthouse. After many months of planning and estimating, a plan has been worked out to finance the building. A Building Authority has been set up to float the […]

CAWACO, legislators announce grants


CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), in partnership with the Alabama Legislature, announced grants last week totaling $15,500 for three Blount County entities. (1) The Blount County Commission received $8,000 for replacing bleachers at the Agri-Business Center. (2) The Blount County Education Foundation received $5,000 to support its Summer Learning Program. (3) Hayden Middle School received $2,500 for The Reilly […]

William B. ‘Bill’ Baker

WILLIAM B. ‘BILL’ BAKER, 80, Locust Fork, died Dec. 3, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were son James Glenn Baker, grandchildren Holley and Anni Baker, and parents Joseph Glenn and Gertrude Adair Baker. Surviving are wife of 58 years Jean Nix Baker; children John Dee Baker, William […]

Billy Ray Bradford

BILLY RAY BRADFORD, 86, Blountsville, died Dec. 4, 2019, at the residence. He was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church and had retired as an inspector from Cullman Products. Predeceasing him were parents Ercy and Mary Etta Butts Bradford, daughter Shirley Young, and siblings. Surviving are son David (Pat) Bradford, Blountsville; grandchildren Dewayne (Dalene) Bradford, Brandi Bradford, both of Blountsville; […]

Joan Caroll Murr Callaway

JOAN CAROLL MURR CALLAWAY, 77, Locust Fork, died Dec. 5, 2019, at UAB Palliative Care Center, Birmingham. The family received friends Dec. 9 at Lemley Funeral Home.

Connie Mae Weems Hayes Chambers

CONNIE MAE WEEMS HAYES CHAMBERS, 82, Susan Moore, died Dec. 1, 2019. A former member of New Home #1 Baptist Church, her current membership was with Warrior River Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were husband Richard Hayes, brother James Weems, and parents Aubrey and Mattie Mary Ann Thompson Weems. Surviving are husband Floyd Chambers; daughters Anita (Bobby) Waddle, Cheryl (Harvey) Downs; […]

Louis Franklin Donaldson

LOUIS FRANKLIN DONALDSON, 71, Cleveland, died Nov. 28, 2019, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Visitation was held Dec. 2 at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home. Burial followed at Pine Bluff Cemetery, Locust Fork.

Glen Mitchell Ellis

GLEN MITCHELL ELLIS passed away at the age of 60 after a long illness on Dec. 1, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. Glen was predeceased by parents William A. “Billy” and Mary Evelyn King Ellis, grandparents Alvin and Bonnie Tidwell Ellis and Stephen Arthur and Jennie Self King. He was also predeceased by special cousin Alan Pass and wife […]

Austin S. Graves

AUSTIN S. GRAVES passed away Nov. 28, 2019, at Diversicare in Oneonta, at the age of 95. He was a long time resident of Blountsville and a member of Fowler Springs Baptist Church. Mr. Graves was predeceased by his parents Burvel and Vona Graves; siblings Zilla Graves, Ivy Graves, Emmie Shelton, Jim Graves, Wesley Graves, Roy Graves, and Jack Graves; […]


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