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People of Blount County – Zach Buse

By The Blount Countian | March 12, 2021

People of Blount County Zach Buse Growing up in small town has it advantages and its disadvantages, especially in your teenage years.  One advantage includes everybody knows everybody.  The disadvantage – everybody knows everybody. This week we highlight Zach Buse.  He grew up in the Allgood community and as mentioned earlier, everybody knew him and everybody knew his grandmother.  That […]

People of Blount County

By The Blount Countian | March 05, 2021

People of Blount County Adam Stephens I, like many others, are technology challenged, but today’s People of Blount County highlights Adam Stephens, a Blount County native that lives and breathes technology. Raised up on Skyball Mountain, Adam is a 2002 graduate of J.B. Pennington High School. He developed a passion for technology as a child and was “in heaven” when […]

Hayden advances to area championship

By The Blount Countian | February 10, 2021

The No. 2-seed Hayden varsity boys defeated the No. 3-seed Corner Yellow Jackets 72-56 in the opening round of the Class 5A Area 12 Tournament Thursday night. Hayden led 17-12 after the first period, but Corner took a 28-25 advantage into intermission. The Wildcats took control early in the third quarter when Blount County MVP Collin Chappell hit three 3 […]

Last second shot sends Bulldogs to championship

By The Blount Countian | February 09, 2021

As time was running out and Susan Moore down by 1, freshman Logan Blackwell’s  three-point shot found the bottom of the net and sends the Bulldogs to the area championship where they will face Brindlee Mountain. The final score was Susan Moore 59 – J.B. Pennington 57. Susan Moore travels to Brindlee Mountain Friday for a 6 p.m. tip off. […]

Girls shine heading into area tournament

By The Blount Countian | February 05, 2021

The Lady Eagles, Lady Hornets, Lady Bulldogs, Lady Redskins, and Lady Wildcats all go into next weeks area tournament as regular season area champs and home court advantage for the first two games of the postseason. Appalachian hosts No. 4-seed Victory Christian at 6 p.m. Mon. Feb. 8, in the opening round of the 1A Area 11 tournament. A win […]

Merit Board sides with town of Cleveland

By The Blount Countian | February 03, 2021

After 10 days of deliberation, the Blount County Merit Board voted 3-2 to uphold the town of Cleveland’s termination of employee Alissa Haynes. Mayor Jerry Jones fired Haynes in December for allegedly violating the town’s COVID-19 protocol. According to testimony during the hearing, the town had not formerly adopted a policy at that time. Haynes and her attorney Lance Bell, […]

Parole denied

By The Blount Countian | January 22, 2021

On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles denied parole for convicted murderer Micheal Anthony Mayola. Mayola was convicted for the 1962 kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Larry Wayne Thomas. On Aug. 2, 1962, Mayola approached Thomas and a friend at a Midfield baseball field. He let the friend go before driving Thomas back to his Highland […]

Blount County man sentenced for the murder of his parents

By The Blount Countian | January 20, 2021

Leo Santiago Chavez received two consecutive life sentences plus 10 years for the capital murder of his mother and father and abuse of their corpses. He was convicted of three counts of capital murder for the deaths of Adalberta Chavez Ruis and Ricardo Santiago Gonzalez as well as two counts of abuse of a corpse and theft of property on […]