2021-03-24 E-Edition

Rosa community hit by EF-1 tornado

Springlike weather came in early last Wednesday evening and it was roaring like a lion. Rain, thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, and hail pounded Blount County most of the late evening hours. As the weather approached, citizens were concerned. For days, meteorologists had warned of impending straight-line winds and tornadoes that would likely stay on the ground for several minutes and […]

Penelope Bryan

Almost legendary

The name Penelope Bryan probably does not stir a memory for many Blount Countians today. To the by-gone residents of western Blount County, however, she was almost legendary. Bryan’s story does not begin in Blount County. Born in 1888, she called New Orleans, La., her first home. Her upbringing was one of upper class refinement, considering her father E.F. Bryan […]

Chavez escapes, captured

On Thursday evening, March 18, convicted Blount County murderer Leo Chavez, who was being housed at the Cullman County Detention Center, escaped with three other inmates from the facility.Within three minutes, a Cullman County citizen notified the local 911 office of seeing the escapees leaving the facility. A 360-degree manhunt was immediately implemented that involved more than 80 law enforcement […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Friday, March 26: Come plant seedlings at the FLFR Nursery between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. To volunteer, email Jennah at jennah@flfral.com. BROOKSVILLE FIRE & RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, March 27, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination, fries, slaw, hush puppies, […]

Church Briefs

HARMONY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival tonight, March 24, through Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Sam Johnson is pastor. Stanley Jones is evangelist. The church is located on County Highway 42. SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE will have a bed build in memory of core team member Bro. Bill Barnett Saturday, March 27, at 8 a.m., at Lester Memorial […]

Lent and confession

Years ago, I was employed as Minister of Visitation by a group of churches near Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham. Change was taking place all around the neighborhood and those who had money moved out. Those who couldn’t afford to move were left behind to face urban blight. At one house I knocked repeatedly before anyone answered the door. Just as […]


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