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From The Southern Democrat, September 14, 1988

Republican Headquarters Opens

Everything was upbeat Saturday when state Senator Bill Cabaniss cut the ribbon to officially open Blount County’s Bush-Quayle headquarters.

“The best state for the people of the state is a two-party state,” the senator from Jefferson County said, thanking local candidates there for running as Republicans and thus moving Alabama further toward a strong two-party system.

Cabaniss had good words for Guy Hunt, the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction, saying, “He’s tough; he’s compassionate; he’s fair.”

County Volunteer Fire Departments Now Total 23

Counting Walnut Grove, located on the Blount-Etowah county line, and the newlyorganized Royal, whose charter is ready for signing, Blount now boasts 23 fire departments. Seventeen of them were represented at the Sept. 1 meeting of county Fire Protection Association at Susan Moore.

Charles Montgomery, association chairman, says talking with firemen from counties that have far fewer departments makes him proud of the achievement and growth seen here.

It’s Fair Week

The Blount County Fair opened Tuesday night with a feeder steer show, pickle judging, and a cow calling contest.

The fair continues through Saturday night with entertainment and special events every night. The gates are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and till midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Special entertainment this week includes a Dolly Parton look-alike contest, and Continental Federation professional wrestling.

The highlight of the week, however, will be the Saturday night appearance of RCA recording artist Porter Wagoner. While teamed with Parton in the late 60s and early 70s, the two were named Country Music’s Duo of the Year for three consecutive years.