Students lay it on the line in National Amazing Shake Competition

McKinley Beavers and Kylie Friese represented Blount County schools in the National Amazing Shake Competition at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta in early February. More than 130 students participated in the competition where they were challenged to maintain both grace and poise under intense pressure throughout the three-day competition. The point of the exercise: to be able to handle […]

Like father, like son

Seven-year-old Titus Wright has a great interest in dinosaurs. The Oneonta second-grader developed his interest in dinosaurs from his father, who also collected them as a child. Wright said, “I like dinosaurs and I like learning about them. My dad collected dinosaurs when he was little, and he already had a lot of them that he gave me. My little […]


JJ and Taylor Boatwright Burke of Remlap announce the birth of Emery Dru Burke, who was born Feb. 8, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. She weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Rhonda Whited Boatwright of Remlap, Dennis Boatwright of Morris, and John and Sheila Burke of Allgood. Great-grandparents are Carolyn Bailey of Remlap, […]

Overcoming life’s challenges

Anyone who follows Blount County high school basketball probably knows the name Cameron Robertson, the Southeastern High School senior, who has excelled in basketball throughout his high school career. “Other schools and coaches acknowledge him. He has made the all-county team five out of six years,” said his mother, Karen Mundi. What you may not know is how Robertson has […]

Tiger Trivia Bowl

Blountsville Elementary students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades participated in the first Tiger Trivia Bowl competition of the 2017-2018 school year recently. Competition was fierce, but the Trivial Tigers pulled out a win with a three-point lead. The winning team was made up of students Grant Austin, Jena Amos, Landrey Rice, Judah Cook, Peyton Jackson, and Tyler Baxley.

Beam retires

Air Force Air National Guard Master Sgt. Lorena L. Beam retired from the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard after serving honorably for 32 years. Beam was last serving as non-comissioned officer in charge of personnel with Joint Force Headquarters, Headquarters Alabama Air National Guard. Beam is the daughter of Max Blanton of Altoona, stepdaughter of Donald Eubanks of Modesto, […]

Former Blount County musician competes in Texas

Braeden Laird will perform with the Texas All-State 6A Wind Ensemble next weekend as a part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention. He was chosen through a competitive process held in Texas high schools. Braeden is the son of Wes and Sharon Laird and grandson of the late W.A. and Mary Evelyn Ellis and the late Don […]

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