Letters

Reader Writes

I often celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we’re free to speak out and petition our government for change. But I’m saddened by how often we need to. In the course of the permit renewal process for the Tyson plant, we learned that the Locust Fork River and its tributaries were not classified for swimming, and, […]

Readers Write

We live on land that borders the Locust Fork River. Like many of our neighbors, we spend free time there swimming, going on floats, enjoying the waterfalls, kayaking, and even inadvertently swimming under water when kayaking goes wrong. We all have fond, treasured memories of the river that flows through our county, so when my wife told me the Alabama […]

LFR water quality designation

Have you ever thought about how safe you and your family are when swimming in our local rivers and streams? The waters in Blount County are designated healthy for fish and wildlife, but what about for swimmers? The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) sets water quality standards for many water bodies in Alabama and periodically review for compliance. The […]

Reader Writes

A message from the Alabama Department of Public Health Dear K-12 school staff and parents: With numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Alabama increasing and the circulation of the more contagious Delta variant, persons who are not vaccinated are at very great risk to contract and spread disease. Because children less than 12 years of age cannot be vaccinated against […]

Reader Writes

Blount County has many things to offer, as I found out in the Blount County Education Foundation scavenger hunt. They had clues every Tuesday and Thursday with a special guest each time. You would have to figure out the place, then go to visit it. It came to the day for us to visit the different locations. We went to […]


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