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Mandatory 10-digit dialing in Alabama 205 area code


In a press release from the Public Service Commission issued April 9, all residential and business customers throughout Alabama area code 205 will need to make changes in their telephone dialing patterns. Beginning Oct. 12, all local calls made within the Alabama 205 area code will have to be placed using the 10-digit telephone number (area code + the seven-digit […]

Highland Lake shooting


A late afternoon shooting at Highland Lake on Thursday, April 4, resulted in the death of 36-year-old Daniel Stockley. Highland Lake Police Department and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Reports indicate Stockley was alive when transported from the scene, but died later. Sheriff Mark Moon said in a statement released Thursday night that one person was […]

Children’s Center poster contest winners


The winners of the 2019 Blount County Children’s Center’s “Stop Child Abuse” Poster Contest were recognized at a reception held April 7 at the Blount County Family Services Building and hosted jointly by Judge Sherry Burns and the staff of the Blount County Children’s Center. All Blount County and Oneonta students in K5 through sixth grade were invited to submit […]

Tornadoes cause destruction


Without an issued tornado watch, an EF-0 tornado touched down in the Hayden/Warrior area Monday morning at approximately 5:15 a.m. The National Weather Service confirmed late Monday afternoon the tornado packed 85 mile-per-hour winds during its 2.2 mile track in the western part of the county. According to Blount County EMA director Don Roybal, the tornado took down trees and […]

Susan Moore Winterguard are state champs


Susan Moore High School Winterguard teams have been hard at work this year learning routines for several competitions this season. The hard work paid off last weekend. Under the direction of Tad Brannen, the varsity team earned a gold medal in the AA Division of the Southeastern Colorguard Circuit, and the title of Alabama State Champs in the AA Division […]

Employee issues dominate Snead council session


First reported last week, two town employees tendered their resignations. Town clerk Rae Ware read a statement announcing her retirement followed by Mayor La’Shone Price reading town hall employee Kay Whitman’s resignation letter. Ware provided The Blount Countian a copy of the statement she read to the council, and the newspaper obtained a copy of the Whitman public resignation letter. […]

Commission addresses mold problem at Family Services Center

Blount County Commission

At an emergency special meeting Friday, Circuit Judge Steven King briefed the Blount County Commission on actions he initiated recently to assess health conditions by contracting for professional air quality testing in the juvenile probation office area of the Family Services Center. King said he did so in his role as presiding judge with assigned responsibility for the health and […]

When Life


After a series of life events, marriage, divorce, finding love again, a miscarriage, the birth of three children, and leaving a job she loved to become a stay-at-home mom for her three children – including her oldest son who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum – Melinda Bowens (pictured at right) wanted to create a company whose […]

In all its glory

Last week as most of Blount County was still and quiet, I set out on an early morning adventure to deliver papers with Rickey. It just happened to be the first day of spring, and I’m so happy that I got to enjoy nature’s beauty at its finest. The full moon was still high in the sky when we started […]

Resignations cite “hostile work environment”

Snead Town Council

Twenty-four year Snead employee and town clerk Rae Ware tendered her resignation at the town’s Monday night council meeting. Following Ware’s prepared brief remarks, Mayor La’Shone Price read a letter of resignation from Kay Whitman, another office employee. Among other matters, the statements referred to “hostile work environment” as a determining factor. Statements made during the meeting and after alleged […]


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