U.S. Senate, District 2 commission races affected; timing for absentee voting changed

Primary runoff election postponed

The primary runoff election between former Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, both Republicans, for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Doug Jones has been postponed until July 14. The election originally scheduled for March 31 was postponed and rescheduled by Gov. Kay Ivey last week. Also included in the July 14 election […]

Single-vehicle accident claims life of Altoona man

A single-vehicle accident on Monday, March 16, claimed the life of James David Keener, 60, of Altoona. According to the State Troopers Office, Keener was seriously injured when the 1998 Chevrolet Astro van he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. He was transported to UAB Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, March 17. Keener […]

Violations resolved

Town of Cleveland

(This report was compiled from minutes of Cleveland’s town council meeting on March 12, as well as conversations with Mayor Jerry Jones.) Cleveland Town Council met Thursday, March 12, for its regular monthly meeting. Mayor Jerry Jones brought up the issue of several safety violations and fire hazards at the local Dollar General store despite having discussed the problem with […]

Council grants abatements

Town of Blountsville

Blountsville Town Council met Monday, March 16. In attendance were Mayor Michael Glass and council members Dennis Beavers, Bob Cornelius, Cathy Irvin, Ken Mullins, and Barry Smith. During the meeting, the council approved: • a motion regarding Allen Gilliland’s application to abate taxes for economic development on expansion of property. • a motion to approve a contract between the Blount […]

Born in the middle of a pandemic

As parents, the pending birth of a child is usually a stressful time. As first time parents, the stress can be even greater. Blount County natives Brian and Savannah Daily were among many parents with a due date in the next couple of weeks. As a member of the military, Brian is based in South Carolina. It is just them, […]

Town of Blountsville calls emergency meeting

The Mayor and Council of the Town of Blountsville have called a special emergency meeting for 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Blountsville Town Hall, for the purpose of adopting a resolution declaring a town-wide state of emergency, approving and authorizing necessary budget amendments, the necessary emergency actions regarding COVID-19, and any other business that may come before the town […]

Town of Hayden adopts resolution

In an emergency called meeting on March 18, 2020, the Town of Hayden adopted a resolution closing all public buildings and properties owned and/or operated by the Town of Hayden to the public until further notice. This closure includes, but not limited to, the following: • Hayden Town Hall, Water Department and Police Department • Hayden Community Center and playground […]


We would like to clarify the status of The Hope House. While the article “County commission passes coronavirus outbreak resolutions,” which was published in Wednesday’s paper, states The Hope House is open, it also states that county facilities are closed to the public. According to officials from The Hope House, The Hope House itself remains open to the public including […]

Blount County Schools to provide meals for all students 18 years old and younger

On Thursday morning, March 18, 2020, Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green announced the launch of the system’s meal program. The meals will be available to all students throughout the county ages 18 and younger from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Locations for pick up are Appalachian School, Locust Fork High School, Susan Moore High School, […]

ADPH offers recommendations regarding public health

In response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health has made several recommendations regarding public gatherings, food establishments and other retail venues, and businesses: The following guidelines were issued Tuesday for Tuscaloosa, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties: • Gatherings of 25 or more where the six-foot social distancing rules […]

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