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Iconic, historical Christmas musical


Cleveland First Baptist Church will present a dramatic Christmas musical focused on an iconic time – Dec. 7, 1941 – in America’s past on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. The performance will be repeated on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. 1941: In many ways it was the best of times and the worst of times, when the golden […]

Estranged couple found dead


On Sunday, Nov. 24, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in the 1700 block of the Smoke Rise community for a domestic disturbance call.Upon arriving on the scene, officers observed the back door of the residence had been forced open and a male subject lying on the floor unresponsive. According to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, […]

OCC Packing party

In an after-church packing party Sunday, children at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church (above) filled 200 Operation Christmas Child boxes. Pastor Harvey Beck and the children (left) prayed for the children around the world who will eventually receive the boxes. Lester Memorial is the OCC drop off location for Blount County. Boxes will be accepted in the fellowship hall today, […]

Third Thursday welcomes Santa


November’s Third Thursday Sip + Stroll is tomorrow, Nov.21. During the 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. event, patrons will be able to enjoy various flavors of hot cocoa, mulling spices, cookies, and other Santa-themed treats as they stroll downtown visiting participating shops in search of a good deal. Those craving something a little stronger can imbibe in Grinch Juice, Goat […]

Ridgeway guilty


Clifton Marsh Ridgeway, 26, the second and remaining defendant in the 2015 murder of 51-year-old Myron Beavers of Blountsville, was found guilty by a Blount County jury on Monday of capital murder during a robbery and capital murder during a burglary. Ridgeway’s co-defendant, Justin MacNeil, 27, was found guilty of the same crimes in May. Blount County District Attorney Pamela […]

Development questions simmer

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission dealt with mainly routine items in its business meeting last Tuesday, while questions concerning a significant economic development matter involving a prospective new aluminum recycling and processing plant were put on hold after being raised by a group of concerned citizens in the commission’s Nov. 7 work session. The plant has been proposed for the Rainbow […]

Arriving in style


While most students ride to school on the big yellow bus or by automobile, two lucky young men were able to experience the ride of a lifetime on Thursday, Nov. 6, when they arrived in style at Oneonta Elementary aboard a tiller fire truck. Ingram Hudson and Coleman Glenn, who were randomly chosen as the winners, recently submitted their entries […]

And the bands march on


Even though marching bands spend most of their time practicing, entertaining crowds, supporting football teams, and performing halftime shows under the lights, their journey does not come to an end as football season winds down. There are still many events to come and more reasons to “strike up the band.” This year all eight high schools in the county had […]

Puckett arrested


Billy Glenn Puckett, 51, a retired principal of Southeastern School, was arrested late Thursday night for public corruption.The case was investigated by the Alabama Ethics Commission and referred to the Blount County District Attorney’s Office. That office presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Puckett on two counts of using his office for personal gain. The first count […]

New hire dates announced

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Monday, Nov. 4. Among those present were Mayor Michael Glass and council members Dennis Beavers, Bob Cornelius, Kathy Irvin, and Ken Mullins. Council member Barry Smith was not in attendance. On the agenda were just a few items to discuss during the meeting. The council decided not to participate in the severe weather tax holiday. […]


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