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2013-03-27 / News


MEETINGS SNEAD NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will have a meeting Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, 268 Richman Dr. District Attorney Pamela Casey will be the guest speaker. Phone Jane Childers at 466-7628 or (256) 738-2894 with questions.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Dr.

EVENTS BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, March 30, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom. The $6 allyou can-eat breakfast consists of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and drink. Tickets are available from any Lions Club member and proceeds benefit school and community projects.

BLOUNT COUNTY PRO RODEO The 32nd annual Blount County Pro Rodeo will be held at the Blount Count-Oneonta Agri-Business Center on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, for 7:30 p.m. shows. Featured at this year’s rodeo will be bull and bronc riders, roping and barrel races, rodeo clowns, chuckwagon races, and more. Children 10 and under may compete in the “Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest,” Gold Rush, and Chicken Chasin’. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 4-12, and under 3 is free. Tickets may be purchased at HomeTown Bank Oneonta, Tip-Top One Stop, Cadence Bank Snead, and Alexander Dodge- Albertville. Phone 274-8839 or visit for more information.

FLFR CANOE TRIP AND WHITEWATER RAFT TRIP The Friends of the Locust Fork River and the Sierra Club invite those interested to paddle an easy section of the river on Saturday, April 6. Phone Vicky Wilson to sign up at 960-4524 or email Some boats, paddles, and life jackets are available – phone Sam Howell to reserve at 706-4376. Experience whitewater rafting from a 6-person raft on an easy trip Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until 2

p.m. Limited seats are availble for $30 per person. Phone Leigh Lynn at 915-5493 for reservations. Visit to become a member or make a tax deductible contribution to the group.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, April 6, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. The breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, gravy and biscuits, pancakes, and drink. Adult tickets are $7 and children under 10 are $3. Proceeds benefit local school and community projects.

APPALACHIAN PTSO will have its annual banquet and auction Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the school lunchroom. Whiskers Catfish will be catering the event with catfish, chicken fingers, french fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, drinks, and assorted desserts. Tickets are $25 and are available at the school office. Each ticket purchased will be entered in a drawing for a $500 prize. For more information phone 274-9712.

UNITED 4 HEALTH 5K RUN AND BIKE RIDE Wallace State Community College Healthy Campus Committee is co-sponsoring a 5K run and fun bike ride to benefit the Cullman United Way on Sunday, April 21, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at WSCC. The entry fee is $10 and the first 100 participants receive a T-shirt. The group promotes fitness, getting healthy, and cycling on campus. Questions? E-mail or for more information.

LOCUST FORK BAND BOOSTERS will present the 2013 Lip Sync Contest “Rock of Ages” on Saturday, April 6, at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and the doors open at 4:30 p.m. There will be door prizes and cash prizes awarded to winning acts. To enter, pick up an entry form at the Locust Fork High School office, visit the Facebook page at lflipsync, email, or phone Dana at 533-1908 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CAREER EXPO will be Thursday, April 23, at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Local professionals will be on hand to share information with all county 10th grade students. County businesses are invited to participate by sharing infomation or activities with students at the event. Deadline for businesses to submit an entry form is April 12. Contact any county high school counselor or coordinator Karron Standridge at 647-0397, 559-3001, or kstandridge@- for information and entry forms.

CONGREGATIONAL HEALTH GROUP HEALTH FAIR the Congregational Health Group at Locust Fork Baptist Church will have their third annual health fair at the church on Sunday, April 21, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. There will be blood pressure checks, vision and hearing screenings, blood sugar checks, and groups representing hospice, home health, and assisted living. There is no charge for booths, but a donation of a door prize is appreciated. There will be food and fun for the entire family. Phone Terry Hicks at 613-7220 to reserve a booth or for more information.

ANNUAL 18-MILE YARD SALE The sixth annual Highway 132 Yard Sale is Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Oneonta has waived yard sale permit fees for this event, and anyone may sell along the route, as long as the landowner has given permission. For more information, phone 589-6740.

JENNIFER GARMANY HALLMARK 5K MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RUN Snead State Community College and the SSCC Nurses Association are sponsoring the second annual 5K run in honor of Jennifer Garmany Hallmark, a student at SSCC who was killed during the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium and the $25 entry fee will benefit the scholarship fund. Medals will be awarded, and participants receive a Tshirt. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Langley at or phone (256) 840-4182.

HANSEL AND GRETEL will be presented by the Community Arts Council of Blount County on May 4 and May 5 at Oneonta High School. Stagehands, children, and female teen or adult singers are still needed. If interested, please phone Carol Lewey at 274-0511.

SUSAN MOORE OLD TIMERS BASKETBALL GAME Players through the class of 1999 are invited to participate in a game to be played Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Susan Moore High School gym. Proceeds will benefit the playground fund at Mt. Pleasant Christian

School. Those interested in playing should contact John Smallwood at or Denise Smallwood at, phone 466-7997 or 256-506-5882.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION SPRING EVENTS include the Downtown Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday, May 4, and the June Fling to be held Saturday, June 1. Booths are available at both events and applications may be downloaded at

BLOUNT COUNTY RODEO QUEEN CONTEST will be held March 30 at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center. Winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual Blount County Pro Rodeo, April 5–6. Visit or contact Rhonda Whitley at 466- 3490, Tawanna Hallmark at 446-1456, or Elizabeth Hallmark at 681-4044 for more information.


SNEAD VETERANS MEMORIAL PAVER SALE Snead American Legion Post 818 is selling pavers to honor veterans. The pavers will be installed at the Snead Veterans Memorial. Each paver is 6”-x-9” and will be engraved with the veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, service dates, and medals awarded. The pavers are $30 each and may be purchased by sending a check payable to American Legion Post 818, 86 Lamb Dr., Altoona, AL 35952.

APPALACHIAN YOUTH CHEERLEADERS Registration for youth cheerleaders will be Sunday, April 7, and Sunday, April 14, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Appalachian High School lunchroom.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973 is organizing the 40-year reunion to be held Oct. 11-12. All who were members of the class at one time are invited to attend. Send contact information to or phone 446-0462 to request reunion information.

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT World Heritage Student Exchange is seeking local host families for high school students beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance. The students have their own health insurance and spending money, and expect to be included in normal family activities and household responsibilities. If interested, phone Brandy Dahlen at 422-1748, 800-888- 9040, or visit

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum and Blount County Historical Society is sponsoring a 2014 calendar photo contest. Visit www.blountmuseum- .com or phone the museum for rules and information. If you have or know of any abandoned cemeteries in Blount County, please contact the museum. A collection of bells on loan from Zeddie LaWayne Keith of Oneonta are on display. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Southern Nights program scheduled for March 19 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 2, at the library. The program will feature the United Cherokee Ani-Yun-Wiya Nation, and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visit the library,, phone 274-7641, or visit the library’s Facebook page to see what exciting programs are on the calendar. Tuesday programs are offered free and most begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

SERVICES FREE AARP TAX PREPARATION at the Oneonta Public Library. All ages welcome. Call 358-6026 to make an appointment with a volunteer.

AWARE (Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees) works to enhance, engage and reconnect mature job seekers in Blount County and create relationships with employers. Phone job counselors at 625-5159, 803-1665, or email There is never a fee for the service.

AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER or ADRC, a program of the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), raises visibility about the full range of available options, both public and private benefits and resources for long term support and services. Residents of Blount County can receive assistance every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Phone 866-570-

2998 to schedule an appointment. For online assistance, visit

FREE NUTRITION CLASSES If you are on food stamps, WIC, or think you might qualify for food stamps, you are eligible for free classes sponsored by the Urban Nutrition Education Program. Phone Shonna Carranza at 274-2129 for more information.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center, room 305. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit

NARCONON HELPS OVERCOME ADDICTION Abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones at risk. Phone Narconon at 877-413-3073 for a free brochure, assessment, and/or referral, or visit

CRITTERS ‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a Blount County program designed to help residents avoid unwanted litters from pets by spaying dogs and cats at no charge. A rabies vaccination is also available, if needed. The program can now also help residents trap untamed female cats. The cats will be spayed and returned to you. Donations are requested to keep the program going. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER INC., Volunteers Serving Our Community, is the recipient of a PetSmart charities grant and offers low-cost spay procedures for pets of Blount County residents through local veterinarians. Leave a message at 647-8340 and a volunteer will contact you to schedule an appointment.

BEAT THE ‘HEAT’ BEFORE SPRING The Alabama Animal Adoption Society (AAAS) urges cat owners to spay cats in advance of their heat cycle to prevent unwanted litters and difficult-to-adopt kittens. Visit or phone 956-0012 for more information.

AGRICULTURE BACKYARD POULTRY WORKSHOP will be offered by the Blount County Extension Office on Thursday, March 21,

at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. A poultry specialist from Auburn University will present the challenges and benefits of raising your own flocks and discuss expanding your poultry base to other kinds of fowl. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the program from 10 a.m. to noon. There is $10 fee to attend and registration forms are available at the extension office. For more information, contact Dan Porch at 274-2129.

BLOUNT COUNTY 2013 CHICK CHAIN PROJECT The Blount County 4-H program will again participate in the Chick Chain. Youth purchase 24 one-day-old chicks, grow them for approximately 22 weeks, then bring their top five chickens to the 4-H show and auction. The cost is $50 to purchase the chicks, and participants are guaranteed to get their money back when they bring their chickens to the show and auction. Young people age 9–19 who live or go to school in Blount County are encouraged to register for this program. Phone the Blount County Extension office at 274-2129 for more information. Deadline to register is March 29.

EDUCATION CARL COLEMAN FRIEND TO ANIMALS SCHOLARSHIP sponsored by the Blount County Animal Shelter, Inc. will accept applications until April 1. Applicant must be a Blount County graduating senior who has demonstrated a dedication to the well-being of animals. Visit for an application or phone 647-8340 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD SCHOLARSHIP The Blount County Quilters Guild will award $1,000 scholarships to two graduating Blount County high school seniors. Applicants should write an original essay on the topic “What quilts mean to me.” The essays should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced, 14 point or smaller type. Send the essay with entrant’s name, high school, address, phone number on a cover sheet to The Blount County Quilters Guild, 1225 Palisades Pkwy., Oneonta, AL 35121 before April 15. Contact Phyllis Morse at 994-4749 or any high school counselor for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION will be held during the month of April. Students must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2013. Bring a valid birth certificate, record of immunization, proof of residency, and Social Security card.

WSCC ENCOURAGES GED COMPLETION Beginning in January 2014, there will be a new GED test and the cost will triple to $150. Wallace State Community College Adult Education Department encourages those who have not completed or taken the test to do so before the end of 2013. Free classes are available in Cullman, Blount, Morgan, and Winston counties to help individuals prepare for the GED test. Phone 256-352-8077 or visit to learn more.

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