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St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions, and fun facts


With today being St. Patrick’s Day, people often think of leprechauns, shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage, and a plethora of green drinks. From non-alcoholic shamrock shakes, St. Patrick’s Day punch, green cocktails, and green beer, to church services and parades, or eating traditional Irish cuisine, it is a day of global celebration of Irish culture. But what is the origin […]

Tabitha Craig

Blount County’s Renaissance woman

The Holly Springs community on Straight Mountain and the Blount Highland community on Pine Mountain both lay claim to this bygone female legend of Blount County. Considering the close proximity of the two communities, both perhaps have equal claim to Tabitha Craig. Her lifetime spans two centuries, with her being born in the 1780s and dying at 101 years (some […]

Home again

Oneonta, J.B. Pennington, Cleveland, Southeastern, Springville, and Locust Fork met Monday afternoon for OHS’s first home track meet in more than 15 years. The new facility boasts a rubber track and expanded areas for field events.

Mary Gordon Duffee

Adventurous, mysterious, eccentric

With March celebrating Women’s History Month, the Blount County Memorial Museum is showcasing Mary Gordon Duffee, a resident of Blount Springs for more than 45 years. To people today her name might merit faint recognition, yet in bygone days she shined as an Alabama notable, known for being adventurous, mysterious, and eccentric. For many pioneer residents of the time period, […]

The silent pandemic


When COVID-19 emerged a year ago, precautionary measures were quickly mandated. Soon a society that once experienced social contact was transformed into one of isolation. People began working from home. Schools transitioned to remote learning. Churches and businesses were shut down. Doctor’s appointments and hospital stays were trimmed significantly. Shopping online skyrocketed. Extracurricular activities were no more.Almost all social contact […]

FIRST DAFFODILS

Whether you call them daffodils, jonquils, or buttercups, Jody Sharp of Hayden brought the first blooms of the season to the newspaper office last week.She earns a free one year subscription to the newspaper.

Lady Bulldogs make history

Susan Moore’s varsity girls basketball players surround coach Natasha Smallwood after winning the region championship. Although the Lady Bulldogs were unable to overcome Pratville Christian in Monday’s Final Four game, they still made school history by just being there. See story page A4.

What could be more extraordinary


I can still feel the gentle sway of the porch swing, my Nanny pushing against the deck boards subtly with her right leg. The screeching of the springs and the metal chains set the tempo for her humming. I would lay there with my head in her lap and close my eyes. The sun peeking through the small bamboo shade […]

Lady Bulldogs make history


While Susan Moore’s historic season ended one game too soon, the Lady Bulldogs finished the 2020-2021 season 31-3, reached many goals, and accomplished many firsts. One of those goals was to win the regional championship. They accomplished that last Wednesday with a 63-54 win over Lauderdale County. Senior Hallie Holmes scored 20 points to lead the team. She led the […]

Pandemic author


People are getting creative while being at home during the pandemic. Take James “G.P.” White, for instance; he became an author at age 86. He was accustomed to traveling places to visit friends at the local café and going to the library anytime he pleased. “He loved to read! He went to the library all the time to get books. […]


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