ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 19th annual June Fling and seventh annual Singing Showdown has been postponed until June 11-12, 2021.

OBA continues the Paint the Town mural project and Light the Town expansion.

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In light of current guidelines and recommendations to prevent spread of the coronavirus, we urge you to contact organizations to determine if these events are being held. News Briefs represent information we were last given. If contacted, we have included information about closures and cancellations.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION will hold a special called meeting Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m., in the commission boardroom at the courthouse, to determine protocol for re-opening county buildings and facilities to the public and other related topics concerning the state of emergency. The courthouse remains closed to public traffic, but the meeting may be viewed via Facebook live feed.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OFFICE in Blount County is closed. All programs, events, and meetings related to the Extension and 4-H are cancelled. Employees are working remotely from home and can answer phone calls and emails. Contact Dan Porch at 256- 531-0033 or, Angie Batemon at 205- 237-7711 or, or Nancy Graves at 205-353-1034 or

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER The Annual Blue Ribbon Dinner and prize drawing scheduled for April 28 has been cancelled. The dinner is the center’s major fundraiser. The pandemic will also cause the center to lose some grant funding. Gifts are always appreciated, even more so at this time.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is closed to the public until further notice. All events and programs are cancelled. The book drop remains open, but no late fees will be charged while the library is closed. Visit to take advantage of all our online services.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY is closed until further notice.

WALKER REUNION scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled. Phone Anita Cornelius at 205-274- 8109 for information.

HOMELESS VETERANS food donations are now being collected at Priceless IGA. The program is sponsored by American Legion Post 72 in Oneonta.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE will be Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m., on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse. If it rains, the event will move to the Frank Green Building auditorium at 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. For more information contact Donnie Jackson at 205-272-0445.

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION presents the fall conference, Native Myths for Gardeners, Thursday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Cost is $20, which includes program, snacks, and lunch. Registration is limited to 75 participants. Contact Sherilyn Osborne at 205-382-0791 or sherilynosborne@ for information or to register.

WEAVER/WOOD Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood contact Betty LeMarchand at The family meets the first Saturday in October and would love to meet new relatives.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER All March and early April events are cancelled or postponed. Visit the website for more information.

The 2020 Art & Photo Contest is now accepting electronic entries. Participation details and categories are on the website.

FLFR is looking for volunteers. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team.

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