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Author visits Susan Moore


Award winning author and illustrator Patricia Polacco visited with Susan Moore Elementary students March 2. She gave an inspiring message to students about pursuing their dreams despite any challenges they may face. Polacco always loved books; however, she did not write her first children’s book until she was 41 years old. To date, Polacco has written and illustrated 115 children’s […]

Commission approves public hearing for sale of economic development tract; votes funds for second Honor Flight

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission in its Monday business meeting authorized commission chairman Chris Green to set a date for a public hearing on any offer to purchase land owned by the county on U.S. 231 north of Rainbow Crossing. The property was initially purchased in January for economic development purposes, with a specific aluminum recycling and manufacturing company in mind. […]

ELECTION 2020

Below are results from the March 3 primary election in Blount County as posted by the Blount County Commission. Runoff is Tuesday, March 31. Blount County RevenueCommissioner29 of 30 precincts* (96.67%)Gregg Armstrong (i)10,306 (82.08%)Bob Hoglan2,250 (17.92%) Blount CountyCommission – District 212 of 13 precincts* (92.31%)Terry Franklin743 (26.88%)Ken Mullins341 (12.34%)Mike Painter (i)641 (23.19%)Chad Trammell1,039 (37.59%) Blount CountyCommission – District 47 of […]

‘Turn it over and see what you’ve got’


Walking into the office of Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris is like taking a step back in history, sometimes ancient history. Norris is an avid collector of arrowheads and other native artifacts, a hobby he began in 1979. Norris has an impressive display of about 750 arrowheads, drill bits, pottery pieces, ornaments, fishing net weights, needles made from bones, and other […]

Kayak action


One of the most popular whitewater runs in Alabama, the Mulberry Fork of the Mulberry River, is enjoyed by both beginners and experts. The Mulberry Fork kicks off the 2020 Alabama Cup Racing Series this weekend. Located above old U.S. 31 near Garden City, the Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak race is one of the longest running slalom paddling events […]

‘United with Ulisses’


Ulisses Herrera, a 2016 graduate of Cleveland High School, made history this year becoming the first Hispanic Student Government Association president ever elected at Jacksonville State University. Herrera, however, does not want to be remembered solely for his ethnicity, but rather for his accomplishments as the president of the SGA. “Coming from Cleveland, I wanted to do something different at […]

Highland Lake sales tax


The Town of Highland Lake is a unique place. Lake residents and other observers might say its distinctiveness comes from its beauty, but that is not the only way the town is special. It is one of the few towns in Alabama that is completely zoned as residential other than the public parcels. It also has no sales taxes of […]

Unofficial Election Results

Blount Countians headed to the polls yesterday for the 2020 primary election. Below are unofficial election results for the three local offices with multiple candidates. Official results for all offices will appear next week. Runoff is Tuesday, March 31.

Freedom Bridge dedication


Gov. Kay Ivey led the parade of dignitaries who turned out on a cold, rainy Monday morning to dedicate what was for years called the Jones Chapel Bridge over Difficulty Creek on Jones Chapel Road, just off County Road 27. The bridge has been renamed Freedom Bridge in honor of its status as a monument to Blount County veterans of […]

Southeastern senior wins school’s first state championship


Southeastern senior Richard Payne brought home the school’s first state championship by placing first in the boys indoor 400 meter dash with a time of 50.57 seconds. This is Payne’s inaugural season of indoor track and field. He began running track only a season ago as a sprinter for the Mustang’s outdoor track and field team, placing second in the […]


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