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2017-02-15 / News Briefs

News Briefs

CITY OF ONEONTA The regular council meeting has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. A public hearing will be held at 5:15 p.m. prior to the meeting to discuss amending the business license ordinance to include taxi/vehicle for hire and fees and consider an amendment to the alcohol license for event licenses.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Feb. 16, at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Jerry Coefield.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL will have the top 10 banquet honoring academic achievement and success tomorrow, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., in the school auditorium. Academic awards will be given to grades 9-12 and Karron Standridge, Alabama Counselor of the Year, will be the guest speaker. The public is invited.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL will have the 2017 Miss Felidae Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Reserved seat tickets are on sale for $6 and may be purchased at the school office. There will be a limited number of tickets available the day of the pageant.

The boys basketball team will host a Miss Felidae steak dinner in the lunchroom that day from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The $20 ticket includes a 10 oz. ribeye steak, baked potato, and all the fixings. Tickets are available at the school office. Phone the school at 429-4101 to order tickets for either or both events.

HOMESCHOOLER’S ETIQUETTE CLASS will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, for grades 3-6 at the Blount County Memorial Museum, beginning at 10 a.m. The class will be taught by author Judi McGuire and the cost is $10, which includes three one-hour lectures and her new book, One Anothering: A Biblical Guide for Social Behavior. Deadline to register is Feb. 9.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, and May 12 and 26, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT is accepting applications for a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Alabama Conservation District Employees Association. Applications may be picked up at the office at 55545 US 231, Suite A, Oneonta. Deadline to submit applications is March 3. For more information, phone Polly Morris at 274- 2363 ext. 3 or email

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY will be Sunday, March 5, in Birmingham. The Campaign to Change Direction and Give an Hour are two organizations dedicated to changing the culture about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Visit or to learn more.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB Oneonta native Cindy Lowry will speak to the club on Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. The subject is the environment and the need to protect it. Lowry serves as executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and was named by as one of its 30 Women Who Shape the State for 2016.

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM Kim Cross, author of the book What Stands in a Storm, a recounting of events during the 2011 tornadoes, will speak on Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. The book includes social media exchanges among victims timed to actual television broadcasts. A reception will be hosted by the Blount County Museum afterwards and books will be available for purchase.

WALLACE STATE ADULT EDUCATION The school is now offering a program for those who didn’t complete their high school education. The nontraditional high school diploma is available to those who completed all the necessary credits and received a Certificate of Attendance but failed a portion of the exit exam. The diploma (not a GED) is issued after the course has been completed. Phone John Glasscock at 256-352-8077 or 256-352- 8078, or visit for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The group holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 274-7780 or 274-0596.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The large pavilion is now complete and ready for reunions, picnics, weddings, receptions, and other events. Phone 429-2468 for event reservation information.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition. This allows the organization to provide items to needy Blount County residents at a low cost. All donations are tax deductible. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit for more information on library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM In celebration of Black History Month, the museum features displays of prominent African Americans of Blount County and items from a collection belonging to Stanley Moss.

Other displays and subject matter includes the L&N Railroad, Hobnail glassware, vintage sewing, powder/music boxes, and vintage toys.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is seeking volunteer firefighters for the area. Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station #1 at 4201 County Road 29. Training is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Phone Jeremy at 965-6616 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY RSVP The Blount County Retired Senior Volunteer Program offices have moved to the Family Services Center (the old Blount Memorial Hospital), address 1000 Lincoln Ave. East, Room 102, phone 625- 4901.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is currently being offered, teaching gun safety, handling, and care of a handgun. The free course is open to the public, but individuals must have their own handgun and ammunition.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email

BLOUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT will sponsor a women’s self defense class ‘Refuse to be a victim’ held at Blountsville Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

THE CRISIS CENTER is now open to serve individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offer medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274-9188 to register or for more information.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283- 3357, email, or visit for more info.

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