ADEM ASKING FOR INPUT ABOUT LOCUST FORK RIVER The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is asking for input about upgrading the Locust Fork River designation to Swimming and Other Whole Body Water-Contact Sports. Let them know you get wet every time you swim, float, and fish the river. Written submissions, photos, and other inquiries should be sent to Comments and photos are due tomorrow, Aug. 19, by 5 p.m. Friends of the Locust Fork River has been asked to get 300-400 submissions. A sample letter is available by emailing

CONGRESSMAN GARY PALMER TOWN HALL MEETING will be tomorrow, Aug. 19, at 8 a.m., at The Little Brick Church, Oneonta. The meeting is open to the public. Participants may ask questions, offer comments, and share opinions on current events.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Aug. 21: Canoe or kayak trip led by Sam Howell. Put in at Crooked Shoals.

Come plant seedlings and share plant knowledge at the Restoration Nursery on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Winning photos from the 2020 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Locust Fork High School.

Joan Babcock’s “Blue Heron” mural at Sullivan’s Auto Service on Ala 79 in Cleveland is finished. Share your pics on social media with the hashtag #FLFRBlueHeronMural.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the 20th annual dinner Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., in the new Pennington High School cafeteria. Tickets are $50 each. There will be a steak dinner, door prizes, silent auction, and more. Phone 205-775-2050 or visit the high school office for tickets or information.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER offers various types of assistance for senior citizens in Blount County. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the library has returned to curbside pickup only. Reserve items through the catalog page of www.oneontapublic or by calling 205-274-7641. 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.

SMALL FARMER TRAINING 2021 Wallace State Community College is conducting online and on-site small farmer training classes through Aug. 25. Visit or contact Travis Kress at 256-352-8115 or for more information or to register.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Nominations are being accepted for Edwards-Shaddix Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Visit the website for information. The awards celebration will be Saturday, Oct. 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Tin Town on First Avenue. Tickets are $40 each (table of 8 for $300) and are available via the website.

Applications for the OBA Volun-Teen Scholarship are being accepted from Oneonta High School Class of 2022 members. Applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 15, and are available on the website.

Membership Mingle will be Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

Cruise and Croon will be Saturday, Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Shop, dine at local restaurants and food trucks, listen to live music, and enjoy family fun for all ages. No entry fee.

Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

SNEAD SENIOR CENTER is now open at 268 Richman Drive. Come join us for activities and lunch. Home delivered meals are available. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-466-7628 for information.

ENCOMPASS HEALTH HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients. Volunteers run errands, walk and care for pets, and assist with light house cleaning. Volunteers are given choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do. For more information or to sign up, contact Terri Bailey, volunteer coordinator, at 205-762-0998 or

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA, a non-profit organization, is taking applications for a part-time assistant case manager. Send resume to or phone 256-899-9180 with questions.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-429-3156, visit, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (or until everyone sells out) at the Agribusiness Center, New Street, Oneonta.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Free tours are available during regular hours. The park is available for weddings, reunions, and meetings and is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phone 205-429-2468 or 205-410-4404 for reservations.

ONEONTA CITY COUNCIL will hold a special called meeting in council chambers tomorrow, Aug. 19, at 7:30 a.m.