2020-01-29 E-Edition

DAR announces Good Citizen Award winners

Warrior Rivers Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) announced the 2020 DAR Good Citizen Award winners at a reception held Jan. 21 at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The winning students, their family members, and school counselors were guests of honor at the reception and pinning ceremony. Counselors introduced the Good Citizens. Jane […]

DAV Chapter 28 donates

Commander Frank Cannon of Chapter 28 of the Disabled American Veterans in Oneonta announced the recent donations of $500 to each of the four Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs nursing homes. Pictured is the presentation of the donations at the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City. From left: Daniel Turner (Ch. 28 sergeant at arms), Chad […]

Blount scores Rebuild Alabama grant

The Blount County Commission was notified on Jan.15 by Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) director John Cooper that it has been awarded a $250,000 competitive grant from the Rebuild Alabama Act $10 Million Annual Grant Program. The money will be used to resurface five road locations for a total of 10.2 miles in District 2. The roads chosen will provide […]

Visual Arts Exhibition showcases student talent

Students from all over the county submitted entries for the Visual Arts Exhibition held Dec. 18 at the Locust Fork Baptist Church Family Life Center. Artists showcased their incredible talent with the amazing artwork from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Overall, there were 163 submissions. Prior to the event, the county schools were invited and encouraged to submit up […]


RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE TRAINING course will be offered by the Blount County Extension office today, Jan. 29, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Any private applicator needing to renew or obtain a restricted use permit in 2020 should attend. Cost is $20. Make check payable to Blount County Extension.Phone Dan Porch at 205-274- 2129 […]

Roger’s Ramblings

Lonnie Rural Butts

Who was Lonnie Rural Butts? That’s the question I asked myself when I received an email from a Texas gentleman, Hank Ortega, seeking assistance with what I came to discover was a personal mission to have Butts recognized with a memorial at the U.S. Army’s Fort Sam Houston in Texas. That base is where all military medical personnel receive their […]

What is the most important agency in the state?

This is the sixth in a series of reports from Shedd on issues he is focusing on in the upcoming 2020 legislative session. First, notice my topic is NOT the most important state agency. My topic is the most important agency in the state. What agency is the most important in the state? Which agency can impact reduction in crime […]

Book of the Year

The Blount County Historical Society received the Book of the Year Award – Specialty Division for the publication of The Heritage of Blount County: Bicentennial Edition 1818-2018. The award came from the publishing house, Acclaim Press, that produced the work. Acclaim’s publishing consultant Clint Oftedahl was in town to present the award. He said the company published 35 books last […]

Recipe Corner

Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes One box Duncan Hines chewy fudgebrownie mix24 miniature peanut butter cups Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 regular muffin cups with paper cupcake liners. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions. Fill the cups half full with brownie batter. Press one peanut butter cup into each cup until the batter meets the top edge […]