BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY opens today, May 27. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.until 4 p.m.There will be guidelines and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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

PHILIPPINES MISSION FUNDRAISER The Lester Memorial United Methodist Church Philippines mission team will have a taco salad fundraiser lunch Sunday, May 31, from 11 a.m.until 1 p.m.Plates are curbside pickup from the church fellowship hall only. Delivery is available. Text Skyler Jones at 205-363-1144 or email to place your order. All proceeds benefit Kids International Ministries.

TOWN OF BLOUNTSVILLE Municipal court will be held Tuesday, June 2, beginning at 4 p.m., with new guidelines in place. Town council will meet Monday, June 8, at 6 p.m. The municipal swimming pool and playground remain closed until further notice.

ALABAMA 4-H has a 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

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is open 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 is still 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

Summer reading program will be delayed until July so staff have time to adapt events for online and at home. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Classic Cruise-In scheduled for May 30 has been cancelled. The next event will be Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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.

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 office is closed but work continues remotely. Leave a message at 205-274-2153 or email

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.

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.

PALISADES PARK is now open to the public. Playgrounds remain closed until further notice. Reservations for event, fire tower, and rock climbing are allowed if required social distancing can be maintained. Some hiking trails are not accessible due to storm damage. Clean up is ongoing; stay clear of areas where workers are present. Phone 205-274-0017 or email for more information.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email Deadline is Friday noon prior to Wednesday publication.