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Summary remarks on 2019 budget

Blount County Commission

“At the beginning of the budget process there are two unknowns that are much-anticipated. (1) Will there be an increase in employee health care premiums, and if so, how much? (2) Will ad valorem tax revenues increase or decrease? “This year…health care premiums will increase by five percent, a substantial increase. Thankfully, we expect to receive an approximate nine percent […]

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice


Describing his experience as “very humbling,” Susan Moore Fire and Rescue’s assistant chief Wesley Cox, along with fellow firefighters from across the state, took part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Montgomery on Sept. 16. Cox, who completed the 110 flights that symbolized the same climb many heroes made that tragic day, said he did it in honor of […]

Two traffic fatalities


The Alabama State Troopers office reports a two-vehicle crash on Sept. 18 claimed the life of a Trafford man and injured two others. Rodger Dale Ledlow, 66, was killed when the 2002 Ford F-150 he was driving collided head-on with a 2005 Ford F-250 driven by Johnny Lee Hobson, 34, of Cleveland. Ledlow was pronounced dead on the scene. The […]

First win in new stadium


East Lawrence struck first, but Locust Fork maintained its composure and ultimately obliterated the Eagles 44-6. The Hornets took the lead in the first quarter after quarterback Eli Musso scored on a 5-yard touchdown run and Jose Hernandez booted the extra point through the uprights. Brody McCay then scored on a 28-yard run to put the Hornets up 13-6 at […]

Board passes 2019 fiscal year budget

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education passed the 2019 fiscal year budget (see page A7) as the first item of Superintendent Rodney Green’s recommendations for the Sept. 14 special meeting. The board then approved the remainder of Green’s recommendations for the system. It approved: • entering a broadcasting and sales agreement with Our Town Radio LLC for the period Aug. […]

New state dog law, county dangerous dog protocol game-changer for dog owners


To indicate the seriousness of the subject, the excerpt below is taken from the text of the state dangerous dog law signed by Gov. Kay Ivey on March 8. It went into effect June 1. The law is referred to as the dangerous dog law, or “Emily’s Law” after the child who was killed by a pack of dogs in […]

Harbin arrested for theft by deception


Timothy Daniel Harbin, a 22-year-old Huntsville man, was arrested on Aug. 24 on a charge of first degree theft by deception (a Class B felony) after a warrant was issued in Blount County alleging he received money from a local resident to repair a home, but the work was never performed. Kerry Weaver alleged in an affidavit that Harbin was […]

2018 BCEF Radiothon

Twenty years strong

Celebrating 20 years of boosting children’s success in Blount County schools, the Blount County Education Foundation (BCEF) will flood WCRL 95.3 and 94.7 FM airwaves from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, for the 2018 Radiothon. Throughout the day, BCEF members, past grant winners, and those making donations will be featured on the program. In honor of […]


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