People of Blount County

People of Blount County: Wendy Arnold Pantoja

When I began to write this, these lyrics from the Alabama song “Forty Hours a Week (For a Livin’)” kept playing in my head:  There are people in this country who work hard every day; Not for fame or fortune do they strive; But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay; And it’s time a few of them were […]

People of Blount County: Larry Clowdus


Reaching a point in life where you can plan vacation trips according to your hobby is a milestone that many can only dream about.  However, for Larry Clowdus, today’s People of Blount County, life has afforded him such an opportunity.   Larry loves photography.  He especially loves photographing wildlife and nature, with his most recent passion of photographing eagles. While […]

People of Blount County: Blake Johnson


Family, faith, music, and work – these are the priorities in Blake Johnson’s life.  Blake, today’s People of Blount County, grew up in a Godly home and it truly has impacted the man he has become. During his younger years, Blake was a part of his family’s gospel band.  His love of music simply evolved from there.  Later in life, he […]

People of Blount County: Dennis Brakefield


When you ask people to tell you about their life, they often hit a few significant highlights such as graduation, marriage, or the birth of a child. But, if you get someone talking and really thinking about their life, many more great memories surface. Soon, they may even realize the impact they have possibly had on at least one person’s […]

People of Blount County: Alene Bullard


When many hear the name Alene Bullard, today’s People of Blount County, they immediately think back to their elementary school years.  Alene, now 79, taught school at Susan Moore Elementary for four years before her 33-year teaching career at Blountsville Elementary began as a Title I reading teacher and a first grade teacher.  Teaching children to read has always been […]

People of Blount County: Destiny Allman Gladden


Sometimes when you grow up in a family business, your first instinct is to escape that life and do something different.  Today’s People of Blount County, Destiny Allman Gladden, did just that.  As a 2011 Appalachian High School alumni, a 2013 Snead State alumni, and a 2016 UAB alumni, Destiny was “done with farming” and set her sights on marketing.  […]

People of Blount County: Winston “Boo Boo” Scott

Although it has been more than 23 years since he retired as a State Trooper, Winston “Boo Boo” Scott, today’s People of Blount County, remains one of Blount County’s most well-respected men.  He not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk. Growing up in Blount County raised by his mother, Winston knew right from wrong.  Although he grew […]

People of Blount County: Reagan Bonner, Miss Indian Alabama

As a rising junior pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of South Alabama, today’s People of Blount County Reagan Bonner is an inspiration to others. In just 20 short years, Reagan has “reached for the stars” and been successful many times during her journey.  Yet, when you talk with Reagan, she is a down-to-earth young adult with […]

People of Blount County: Rachel Harris

At the young age of 21, Rachel Harris, today’s People of Blount County, has played an instrumental part in caring for COVID-19 patients.  Rachel, a Locust Fork native, works on the COVID-19 unit at UAB as a nurse. While Rachel has witnessed patients succumb to this devastating virus, she has also witnessed patients overcome it and return home to their […]

People of Blount County: M.C. Blackmon


Described as, “To the coon hunting world like Nick Saban is to football,” M. C. Blackmon, today’s People of Blount County, loves dogs.  But not just any dogs, coonhound dogs are his specialty. Blackmon’s love of hunting began at an early age, and in his words, “I’ve been hunting all of my life.”  He grew up in a “dog world” […]


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