KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION Blount County Schools will hold kindergarten pre-registration during the month of May.Check your local school website for dates and times. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020. Valid birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms are required. Forms are available from the local school or

RISE/PRE-K at the Blount County Learning Center is taking applications through Wednesday, May 13, for 3- and 5-day programs. Children must be at least 3 years old by Jan.31, 2020.Application is available at and should be returned to upon completion. Phone director Steve Love or lead teacher Paige Moore at 205-775-1980 for more information.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry, Saturday, May 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Plates are carry-out only and will include fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination, sides, drink, and choice of homemade dessert for $12.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND The drive-thru window at town hall and Cleveland Town Park are now open.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY reopens today with limitations. Hours are Monday, 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.Number of patrons in the library at one time is limited to 25. No time limit applies, but we ask that you keep your visit brief.Please follow suggested safety precautions by maintaining six feet social distance and wearing a mask. The book drop is open for returns 24/7.

Curbside pickup will still be available during the same hours.Reserve books online or call 205- 274-7641. Call once you reach the parking lot (with library card or ID in hand) and your items will be brought out to you.Manage your library account at catalog.

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB has cancelled the regular monthly meeting scheduled for May 14.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1962 has cancelled the reunion scheduled for May 16. Contact Wayne Ellis at 205-559-2766 or for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE scheduled for May 23 has been cancelled. For more information contact Donnie Jackson at 205-272-0445.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The June Fling and Singing Showdown have been postponed until June 11-12, 2021. Work on Paint the Town murals and Light the Town projects continues. Visit for more information.

PALISADES PARK is closed until further notice. Limited staff will check messages. Reservations are being accepted for any date after May 31. Phone 205-274-0017 and leave a message or email

BLOUNT COUNTY REVENUE COMMISSION Deadline for tag renewals for March and April, along with new and used car purchases since March 17, has been extended until May 15. Phone 205-625-6868, email, or visit for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will not hold their regular meetings until further notice. Phone chairman Larry Armstrong at 205- 590-1467 for additional information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE All events scheduled for May have been cancelled. The Chamber office is closed but work continues remotely. Leave a message at 205-274-2153 or email

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY is closed until further notice.

REPUBLIC SERVICES Residential garbage is at an all time high volume. Many trash cans are filled to the top and “coned” over. Republic Services asks that customers bag all garbage to prevent spillage. Trash cans blocked by cars parked on streets leave trucks no access to trash cans. Drivers are not allowed out of trucks at this time for their protection. Make sure trucks have access to reach cans; otherwise, they may be unable to service it. Phone 205-923-1650 with questions.

ALABAMA 4-H has launched an eight-week virtual club progam hosted on the Facebook page. New 4-H activities will be shared Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. The week will wrap up with a live Zoom celebration on Friday at 9 a.m. Weekly themes will include: 4-H Goes Wild, Citizenship and Leadership, Healthy Living, Outdoor Recreation, Cooking, Virtual 4-H Summer Camp, and Agriculture. Daily activities and other educational opportunities are also available on the Facebook page. To learn more about Alabama 4-H contact Nancy Graves at 205-353-1034 or

TOWN OF DOUGLAS will have the seventh annual yard sale Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6. Rain dates are June 12 and 13. For more information phone Judy Dobbs at 256-840-1440 or Tony Simmons at 256-593-6825.

EXTENSION OFFICE Agents are at work in the office. Ring the doorbell or phone 205-274-2129 for assistance. Email Angie Batemon at or Nancy Graves at for more information.

Farmers needing a grower permit for use during this year’s farmers market season need to contact Angie Batemon at 205-237-7711 to have permits issued.

Cottage Food Law Testing can now be administered by phone for those wishing to sell baked goods, jams, and jellies directly to the public. To schedule a test or for more information phone Christy Mendoza at 205-217- 6495.