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The Southern Democrat, November 5, 1986

Blount rolls out red carpet for next governor

Blount County rolled out the red carpet last Thursday for now Governor-elect Guy Hunt at a Republican rally that candidate Don McGriff described as the best Republican rally that he had ever attended.

Hunt’s visit to the county came only hours after candidate Charlie Graddick had announced that he was withdrawing from the race. Momentum was in Hunt’s favor. Blount County saw history being made in her own backyard.

The Democratic party sludge almost covered incumbent state Representative Bob Harvey who fell behind challenger Tim Hays during the night Tuesday as voting totals were chalked on the big board at Blount County courthouse. Harvey pulled ahead and finished with a total of 6301 votes to Hays’s 5990 votes.

Blountsville facility to have formal opening

Mayor Harry Latta will perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday to kick off the two-day formal opening of First Citizens Bank of Alabama’s Blountsville offices.

The ribbon, made up of $1 bills stitched together by K.D. Industries, will be given to the charitable organization whose name will be drawn at random from a box containing names of several Blountsville groups.

Eagles earn playoff berth

The Appalachian Eagles earned a playoff berth by downing their area foes, the Speake Bobcats, 15-13 Friday night at Eagle Stadium. Rodney Simmons had a big game on offense for the Eagles, racking up 141 yards and one touchdown. The defense held Speake’s explosive offense to just 107 total offensive yards.