2020-03-25 E-Edition

Free meals for all county students

The Blount County School system launched its free meal program March 23 for all students 18 years and younger. Pick up locations are Appalachian High School, Locust Fork High School, Susan Moore High School, and Blountsville Elementary. A total of 691 students were given 2,764 meals on Monday. This program works like the summer feeding program. Any student can receive […]

End of watch

Rex Allen Allred passed away March 20 after an extended battle with cancer. Allred served Blount County as a firefighter and paramedic. He was loved and respected by many, a few of whom submitted memorials. Firefighters are taught to never give up, to never quit.It is ingrained from the very first day of firefighter recruit school. Rex Allred didn’t give […]

Inmate release

“I want to assure you that we have not opened the door and just let people go.” That is the message Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon made on social media Friday as a way to dispel false rumors of the jail being emptied because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Rumors were probably prompted by a news report earlier in the […]

Like the princesses they are

Saturday, March 14, was a special day for 26 sweet Blount County princesses.As the state was just beginning to deal with its first cases of COVID-19 and the ensuing chaos, these special needs princesses took the stage in the Miss North Central Alabama Pageant held at J.B. Pennington High School. The special princesses get to have the whole pageant experience […]


In light of current guidelines and recommendations to prevent spread of the coronavirus, we urge you to contact organizations to determine if these events are being held. News Briefs represent information we were last given. If contacted, we have included information about closures and cancellations. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER All March and early April events are cancelled or […]

Don’t stop believin’


Just a small-town girl livin’ in a lonely world… don’t stop believin’ hold on to that feelin’ Those are just a few snippets from Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.” And for reasons I cannot explain, I couldn’t get those words out of my head. Music touches each of us in different ways and we all find our own meanings […]

Roger’s Ramblings

We will survive

Interesting times we’re living now, but it should not be a surprise. Scientists have been warning for years about possible pandemics and how fast they can spread in a world where I can eat breakfast on one continent and dinner on another. History always foretells the future. Europeans brought diseases to the New World that decimated the indigenous peoples because […]

Special message from Rep. David Standridge

Yesterday, we held a conference call with Governor Ivey, members of her cabinet, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. With many questions concerning the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to take a moment to update you with some useful websites and information. First and foremost our state leaders have asked us to help reiterate the need for social distancing. Stay […]

Municipalities pass resolutions declaring local states of emergency

Several Blount County municipalities called emergency special meetings last week as local governments across the state grappled with how to handle COVID-19 and protect their communities. Blountsville, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Hayden, Oneonta, and Snead all passed resolutions declaring a local state of emergency for their respective towns. The resolutions follow both the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and […]