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Sand Mountain Reporter

Case of attack dog goes to jury trial on appeal

A dog due to be euthanized for attacking a woman in September has received a temporary stay of execution while the owner appeals its death sentence. Guntersville City Judge Shannon Mitchell declared on Nov. 10 that Valina Jackson’s dog, a pit bull terrier mix named Havoc, was “dangerous” and has the “propensity to cause future serious physical injury or death” based on how it attacked Teri Angel inside Jackson’s home in Guntersville on Sept. 17.
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7-year-old grand marshal to lead Boaz Christmas parade

After being canceled last year due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the annual Boaz Christmas parade is back this year with a special parade grand marshal leading the way. Beginning at 5:30 this Friday evening, Beth Wilson will help blaze a trail for the parade as it makes its way from First Baptist Church of Boaz toward Main Street in downtown Boaz, the first time since 1974 it’s gone through downtown according to the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce.

Section’s Tammy Little Haynes wins again!

SECTION, Ala. – The road to becoming Miss Alabama was a long one for a Jackson County girl. 37 years later, it’s taken her down a path she never imagined. I caught up with Tammy Little Haynes recently at her Sand Mountain home in Section. We talked about the 1979 summer day that changed her life. “I’m at the old Woolworth’s in Scottsboro checking out and this lady comes up and says, you need to be in Miss Goose Pond Colony. And I’m like, Miss what? And she’s like, Miss Goose Pond. And I said well, okay, I’ll do it,” she told me with a laugh.

New Hope recreation center now open for business

A new 15,000-square-foot recreation center is now open in New Hope and ready to welcome the community. Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill and other local leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning at the new facility on YMCA Road. The new building has a gymnasium, office space, concession stand and...

Pilgrim's Pride lawyers try to get rendering plant case moved to federal court

Lawyers for Pilgrim's Pride on Monday filed notice, seeking to move the Dynamic Collision lawsuit to U.S. District Court. The immediate result: The hearing slated for Wednesday on a requested preliminary injunction against construction of a rendering plant at the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport is delayed until the federal courts can determine whether it's the proper venue for the rendering plant question.

DeKalb Fine Arts to hold casting for Little Mermaid

The DeKalb County Fine Arts Theatre’s spring musical, “The Little Mermaid”, will be held Dec. 10 from 3-5 p.m. at the DeKalb County Technology Center at 409 Main Street East in Rainsville. The open call is for students attending DeKalb County Schools in grades seven through 12. No previous theatre...

Community Development accepting funding applications

Applications for 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are now available and will be accepted until January 7, 2022. Any 501c3 that serves Gadsden residents may apply. Applications are available on the Community Development department page or in the lobby of City Hall.

People of Blount County: Patrick Dalstra

Unchurched. Following the crowd. School dropout. Bad decisions. Loose living. These words pretty much sum up the early life of Patrick Dalstra, today’s people of Blount County. Patrick grew up in a single parent home in and around Grand Rapids, Mich., with three brothers. The family moved around a lot and he attended many schools while growing up.
Anniston Star

Look Back ... to a school grading policy taking a toll, 1996

Nov. 26, 1946, in The Star: A conference which one day might well be termed a turning point in the history of this part of the state was held yesterday in the Recreation Building by the banks of the Coosa River in Gadsden. That’s where a delegation of business and government men met with the U. S. Army District Engineer to discuss the development of the Coosa River and its tributaries — as provided for in legislation passed by the last Congress. The chief concern of the meeting was the development of the Alabama and Coosa rivers above Montgomery simultaneously with, or before, the improvement of the Alabama River’s lower reaches. The potential conflict being addressed in the meeting is that while the Army Corps of Engineers seems to want to develop the Alabama-Coosa River system only below Montgomery, officials from northeast Alabama (and into Georgia) believe it was Congress’ intent in allocating the money that the entire river system be developed — particularly up this way, where the greater population and industrial growth has been in recent years. Congressman Albert Rains, who headed the Alabama delegation in Gadsden, emphasized that “the whole basis for this legislation is the need for hydro-electric power … it’s needed up in the Alabama-Coosa Valley.” Also this date: A total of 21 persons died in Calhoun County last year from the effects of tuberculosis, according to Miss Sarah Hanks of Anniston, who is the Calhoun County chairman of the 1946 Christmas Seal sale. The campaign presents an organized appeal for funds with which to help prevent and control tuberculosis — a highly communicable disease.
Sand Mountain Reporter

Lake Guntersville State Park opens renovated chalets

GUNTERSVILLE – The mountaintop chalets at Lake Guntersville State Park have long reigned as one of the park’s top attractions, even though they hadn’t undergone a major facelift in more than 20 years. That’s not the case anymore. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship joined elected...