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The Southern Democrat, May 29, 1985

Bridge built by countians

Blount Countians have several reasons to be proud of Blalock Bridge, which is expected to be completed this year, according to Probate Judge Frank Green, County Commission chairman.

Residents of Little Shenandoah and others who live on Center Springs Road, which connects Ala 79 and Ala 160, will have the convenience of a safe, reliable bridge that is never flooded. But all Blount Countians can be proud of the $1.5 million structure, first because it will be completed using only about 23% county money and second because most people actually working on the bridge are from Blount, including most of the subcontractors.

…According to county engineer Richard Spraggins, the bridge, originally known as Vaughn Bridge, has been in the planning stages since 1978 to span the portion of the Locust Fork of the Warrior River that often floods low-lying areas.

The project’s name was changed to Blalock Bridge in memory of Commissioner Gene Blalock after his death and is being completed as a joint project of commissioners Lester Gilliland and Walton Ray Thomas. Williams takes position at Southside

After 18 years at Oneonta High School and one year at J.B. Pennington High, former head basketball coach Jim Williams has accepted the head coaching position at Southside High School, Gadsden.

Williams, who has 17 years’ experience in basketball coaching, began his career at Hinson Junior High, Attalla, where he coached for one year before taking the head coaching position at J.B. Pennington. There he coached a year before moving to Oneonta.