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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 […]

SHP builds 40 beds in memory of Bro. Bill

On Saturday, around 80 people gathered at the Blount County Agribusiness Center for a very special Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build. The 80 individuals of all different ages and different faiths came together to honor the memory and legacy of Bro. Bill Barnett who passed away last fall from complications of COVID-19. Barnett was the pastor of Union Hill […]

Sudie Cowden Hicks

A lasting legacy

Sometimes a teacher not only influences students for life, but also the community and a county. Such is the late Sudie Cowden Hicks of Remlap. A proud descendant of Blount County’s pioneer Cowden family, she never forgot her heritage or her commitment to make Blount County a better place. Born in 1895, this venerable woman had a deep respect for […]

Woodland Scout Park project moving forward

City of Oneonta

Last week, the Oneonta City Council addressed several issues in their final meeting of the month. The council addressed the city’s sign ordinance. No changes were made to the ordinance, which was amended by the previous council last fall. City administrator Allie Allcorn explained that certain language should have been removed from the ordinance, but was overlooked. The action taken […]

Rosa community hit by EF-1 tornado

Springlike weather came in early last Wednesday evening and it was roaring like a lion. Rain, thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, and hail pounded Blount County most of the late evening hours. As the weather approached, citizens were concerned. For days, meteorologists had warned of impending straight-line winds and tornadoes that would likely stay on the ground for several minutes and […]

Penelope Bryan

Almost legendary

The name Penelope Bryan probably does not stir a memory for many Blount Countians today. To the by-gone residents of western Blount County, however, she was almost legendary. Bryan’s story does not begin in Blount County. Born in 1888, she called New Orleans, La., her first home. Her upbringing was one of upper class refinement, considering her father E.F. Bryan […]

Chavez escapes, captured

On Thursday evening, March 18, convicted Blount County murderer Leo Chavez, who was being housed at the Cullman County Detention Center, escaped with three other inmates from the facility.Within three minutes, a Cullman County citizen notified the local 911 office of seeing the escapees leaving the facility. A 360-degree manhunt was immediately implemented that involved more than 80 law enforcement […]

Hayden courthouse annex now open

At 8 a.m. Monday, March 15, the Blount County Courthouse Annex in Hayden was open for business once again. The annex closed last March when the statewide shutdown began. While other government buildings reopened, the commission took advantage of the shutdown to begin renovations of the facility. It’s taken almost one full year, but the facility is open and they’ve […]

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