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Sheriff’s department adjustments, resolutions dominate agenda

Blount County Commission

The Nov. 4 Blount County Commission meeting was unusual for the amount of ground covered: a public hearing on a landfill application, a work session and business meeting combined into one meeting, swearing in of two recently-reelected commissioners, and retirement recognition for two long-service District 1 road crew employees. In the business meeting, the commission handled four agenda items affecting […]

High drama: Locust Fork gets $640,000 grant:

loses out at first, gets reprieve, blows doors off competition in final round (in a manner of speaking)

First, the news. Locust Fork has received a $640,000 competitive grant award for a nearly three-quarter-mile-long sidewalk project along the main thoroughfare of the town, stretching from Locust Fork Park at the southwest end of town to Locust Fork Baptist Church at the northeast end. Next the players. From the left above: mild-mannered teammates Attorney Brett King, District 1 Commissioner […]

Playoffs kick off


With the first round of AHSAA state football playoffs in the books, Oneonta and J.B. Pennington are moving on to the second round. The Susan Moore Bulldogs, second place finisher in 3A Region 7, looked to defeat the J.B. Pennington Tigers, who placed third in 3A Region 5. It was an impressive defensive game on both sides, but the Tigers […]

Parade of lights


Oneonta Excitement fills the air as preparations for the 2018 Blount County Christmas parade are being finalized. This year’s theme, Parade of Lights, celebrates the parade returning to the evening. The 5 p.m. parade will be held on Dec. 8. The parade committee is asking everyone to go “all-out” in decorating with lights to make it extra special for everyone […]

Smokey the freeloader


Getting ready to help himself to an early Thanksgiving meal at a deer feeder, this large, black bear (above) has installed itself as a repeat visitor to this wildlife soup kitchen, located on the property of Jerry and Joann Bullard in northern Blount County. It’s situated in Gandy Holler, (the topo map reads Gandy ‘Hollow,’ but me ‘n Joann and […]

Quilts of Valor


The Blount County Quilters Guild honored 11 U.S. military veterans by presenting each of them with a quilt at a ceremony that took place at Palisades Park last Thursday. It is part of Quilts of Valor, a nationwide celebration of veterans started in 2003 by a mother whose son was deployed. Her idea morphed into the Quilts of Valor Foundation, […]

Hollis arrested


Cynthia B. Hollis, 44, Cleveland, was indicted by a Blount County grand jury for the charge of distributing harmful material to a minor according to a press release from Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Hollis allegedly committed the offense while working for the Blount County Board of Education as a school bus aide, a position she held from September […]

State 3A band champions


The Susan Moore Bulldog Band scored 82.5 points and secured first place in the 3A division at the inaugural Alabama State Marching Band Championship at Muscle Shoals High School last weekend. Their score earned them the title of state champions in their division. The band also received awards for best in class in the drum major and colorguard divisions. Other […]

Short answers on what the Animal Adoption Center and control officer will/won’t do


Because of continuing public confusion over county animal control policy, The Blount Countian interviewed county administrator John Bullard, who has overall responsibility for animal control policy and operations, for definitive answers on basic questions. In answers given below, “animals” basically applies to dogs and cats, with rare exceptions. It does not apply to wildlife or farm animals. Routine calls on […]

Good news for the good guys

The empty parking lot across from the Sheriff’s Department/Correctional Facility looked like the staging area for an automobile auction – or for a movie chase scene involving a formation of police cars – one morning last week. The department had just taken delivery of five new Ford Explorer patrol cars, acquired at a total cost, including radios, lights, and on-board […]


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