Games set for 2021 Blount County Basketball Tournament

School officials finalized the brackets for the 2021 Blount County Basketball Tournament just after noon today. The tournament begins Saturday with the varsity boys playing at J.B. Pennington High School and varsity girls at Cleveland High School. The JV boys will play games at both schools. Each school will be allotted 100 tickets for each game they are participating. Those […]

2021-01-13 E-Edition

DAR Good Citizens

Appalachian senior named county winner

The Warrior Rivers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored eight Blount County high school seniors as Good Citizens Jan. 12 during an online recognition ceremony. A DAR Good Citizen must exhibit qualities of dependability, service, patriotism, and leadership. Jane Longshore, DAR Good Citizen chairperson, said, “They are great role models for all students with their positive attitude […]

COVID-19 vaccine arrives

Phase One under way

The first round of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Alabama nearly a month ago. Alabama was allotted only 240,000 doses, which will be administered in two phases. Phase One, which the state is currently in, calls for vaccines to be administered to frontline workers and those who reside in long-term health facilities. Each phase is broken down into subcategories administering the […]


BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE Fish fry Saturday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or a combo and fries, slaw, hush puppies, pickle, onion, drink, and choice of dessert. 22ND ANNUAL GEN. ROBERT E. LEE DAY will be Monday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., at Rosa Town Hall located on […]


In the Jan. 6 issue, we incorrectly identified Southeastern’s Alyssa Davis (10) launching a 3-point jumper against West End in a photo by Jeff Sargent.

Blountsville introduces new town clerk

The Town of Blountsville has a new town clerk. Life-long resident Taylor Phillips recently took over the position and will work closely with the mayor and town council. Phillips graduated from J.B. Pennington in 2010 before working at Alfa Insurance for seven years. She and husband Corey have been married eight years. They have four children – Tanner, Maverick, and […]

Oneonta native reflects on D.C. protest

Thousands converged on Washington D.C., Jan. 6 in protest of what some feel was an unfair Presidential election. The rally, comprised of Trump supporters and QAnon conspiracy followers claiming acts of election fraud and corruption, began peacefully. Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, President Donald Trump, and Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani were just a few to speak at the event encouraging supporters […]

BCCC receives $83K VOCA grant

In December, the Blount County Children’s Center was notified they were the recipient of an $83K grant issued by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The grant money will allow the Victim’s Services Program of the Blount County Children’s Center to continue providing specialized, trauma-focused therapy to Blount County crime victims, with a large majority of services provided […]

Between the Lines

An Open Letter to 2021 So, here we are. We have all been looking forward to your arrival. I know you’re new here and are learning things as you go, but I have a few observations I would like to share with you: 1. We are typically a patient people, but your predecessor has left us a bit jaded, so […]