Heather Heaton -BCSO

Woman sentenced to 30 years for death of her 3-year-old son and a 79-year-old man

Heather Heaton, 43, of Warrior, pled guilty today to two counts of reckless murder for the 2017 deaths of Grady Leon Goodwin, 79, and her son who was 3.  Goodwin and the child were killed in a head-on collision just after 6 p.m. on May 21, 2017, on the 24000 block of Alabama 79 in the Dallas-Selfville community.   Goodwin was […]

2021-04-07 E-Edition

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New fields at CHS

“Baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life being played out on a field – a field of dreams – on diamonds of green… where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.” -Tom Tatum The Cleveland Panther baseball and softball teams christened their fields of dreams last week as the boys […]

No more pinwheels

It’s April, and once again passersby will notice the 207 blue pinwheels spinning on the lawn of Cadence Bank (above). Though it is meant to bring awareness of the number of child abuse cases that the Blount County Children’s Center, in conjunction with DHR and the sheriff’s department, worked together to investigate, it is sad. It is heartbreaking. It is […]

Cleveland mayor indicted on ethics charges

On Tuesday, March 30, a Blount County grand jury handed down an indictment for Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones stemming from an Alabama Ethics Commission investigation last fall.The Commission stated at the time that “based on evidence as presented to the Commission, there exists cause to hold that Jerry Jones violated the Alabama Ethics Law.” The Commission sent the case to […]


LOCUST FORK REC SOFTBALL LEAGUE is partnering with LuLu’s BBQ (29636 Highway 79) for a fundraiser. On Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to the league. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for all Blount County Schools will begin Monday, April 12, and end Friday, May 21. Check your local school’s website for […]

Readers Write

As an active Friends of the Locust Fork River member and volunteer, I am so grateful when dedicated and enthusiastic members and other volunteers come out for river and roadside cleanups. This month many people and organizations pitch in here in Blount County for People Against a Littered State’s (PALS) annual Spring Cleanup. It’s truly gratifying. I believe most Blount […]

Readers Write

I very much appreciate the newspaper’s fine recognition of Black History Month: questions of its significance, different viewpoints, and the Essay Contest. I found Issac Polk’s essay to be remarkable in many ways, and it’s a worthy essay winner. Thanks to the paper for providing the impetus for students’ reflections on the topic. I enjoyed the other pieces during the […]

What Ricky’s Reading

Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember… and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray Close your eyes and imagine the static of a radio, the warm glow of a television, or the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you sit in a stadium surrounded by thousands upon thousands of fans. Whether it is football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, […]

Alabama Cottage Food Law: the do’s and don’ts

County Agent’s Corner

From jams and jellies to muffins and cookies, selling certain food items from the home is an option for many Alabama residents. However, the process may be more complicated than people expect. For home business owners, there are several precautions they must take in order to legally sell their products. These precautions are known as Cottage Food Law. Cottage Food […]