Routine traffic stop lands Etowah County man in the custody of U.S. Bureau of Prisons

An Etowah County man has been sentenced to serve 57 months in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to court records, Highland Lake police chief  Scott Kon stopped a vehicle driven by Sidney Darrrell Fitts on County Road 20 for having a switched tag. Kon […]

Bipartisan group of senators presents school reopening plan to State Board of Education

Montgomery — On Tuesday, three Alabama Senators made a presentation to the Alabama State Board of Education during its work session. Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), Sen. John McClendon (R-Springville) and Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R- Vestavia Hills), addressed the board’s roadmap for the 2020-2021 school year and shared their reservations about reopening schools. Singleton said, “As a bipartisan group […]

Trammell wins County Commission District 2 Primary runoff

Blount Countians headed to the polls Tuesday for the Republican primary runoff.  The only local election on the ballot was between Republican District 2 county commissioner candidates Terry Franklin and Chad Trammell. With eight of nine precincts reported, Trammell garnered 1,262 votes (59.47 percent), while Franklin received 860 votes (40.53 percent). Since there is no Democratic candidate on the general […]

2020-07-15 E-Edition

Backroad Adventures

Are you looking for some adventure? Would you like to enjoy meeting people who want to have fun? Would you like to be a part of a community-oriented group? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Blount County Backroad Adventures may just be your answer. In late May, a group of locals organized as a Facebook group […]

Battling COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the country with the number of cases in Alabama and Blount County continuing to rise. On May 25, there were 47 reported cases of the virus in Blount County. On July 14, there were 344 confirmed cases. That is an increase of 731 percent in seven weeks. More than one-third (139) of those cases […]

Alabama sales tax holiday this weekend

With the recent announcement that Blount County and Oneonta City schools will reopen on Aug. 13, parents will be searching for school supplies to ensure their child has the tools needed as another school year begins. Many will be looking for sales to help ease the wallet sting. One way to help save money is to take full advantage of […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The first River Awareness Mural is in progress at Dry Creek Antiques, 62441 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Artists are painting on Thursdays, from 8 a.m. until noon, and plan to finish by July 30. Visiting hour is 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Entries are being accepted for the 2020 Art & Photo Contest through […]

Reader Writes

Defunding the police may sound like a radical idea to some… to others, not radical enough. There are so many that are extremely uncomfortable with the thought of cutting law enforcement spending. But there also seems to be a large amount of misconception about the Defund Police Movement. I feel like it is somewhat understandable because the name implies completely […]

Out and About

Just a daydreamin’

I went fishing the other day. I needed an escape. There was too much COVID-19 in the news that was depressing me – especially about people not taking the pandemic seriously. I had just received news that a good friend had contracted COVID-19. Since his health was compromised already, he took all the health guidelines very seriously. As it turned […]