CALENDAR

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION designates tomorrow, July 18, at 9 a.m., for a special called meeting to discuss potential litigation and employee liability concerns.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, July 18, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin. The chapter service officer will report.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER

Float the Fork Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Details and registration information at flfr.org.

FLFR is looking for volunteers for the Art & Photo Contest, KDoR, and leading hikes and kayak trips. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

Entries for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted through Wednesday, July 31. Participation details are available on our website.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at flfr.org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. APPALACHIAN SCHOOL REGISTRATION will be Monday, July 22: seniors from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.; 11th grade from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.; 10th grade from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.; ninth grade from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.; 8th grade from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.; 7th grade from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.

New student registration will be Wednesday, July 24, from 8 a.m.until noon.

Students may purchase lockers ($10) and parking ($10, with a valid driver license) at this time, if all previous school fees have been paid.

All students are required to bring proof of residence to register.

New students must also bring their immunization record, birth certificate, a copy of their Social Security card, any custody paperwork, and any records from previous school.

Meet the teacher for kindergarten through 6th grade will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Students may bring school supplies and any paperwork and medication for the school nurse. Please bring proof of residence to give to your child’s teacher.

HOODS SCHOOL REUNION will be Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a pot luck dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone 205-353- 5506 to RSVP or get more information.

VETERANS JOB FAIR DAV and RecruitMilitary will have a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members, and military spouses Thursday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at McWane Science Center, Birmingham. Get event registration and exhibitor info at bit. ly/Birmingham080119.

SANDLIN FAMILY REUNION The 85th consecutive event will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m., at Cold Springs Community Center, 8821 County Road 109, Bremen. Bring a covered dish for dinner at noon. For more information, phone Patsy Lee (Sandlin) Medlock at 205-995-7988 or 205-915-1870 or email patsymedlock@bellsouth.net.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

LEWISBURG JUNIOR HIGH will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Fultondale Elementary lunchroom. Phone Melissa Linton Stephens at 205-631-7042 for more information.

MURPHREE REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Wayne and Vanessa Brown’s barn located at 1226 Barwick Road, Blountsville. Bring your favorite food to share for lunch. Phone 205-559-1926 with questions.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to atttend a weekly program with their child beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided for the 10-week course offered to children who will attend a Blount County school. Spaces are first come, first served. Phone 205- 775-1955 ext 9927 to register.

BLOUNT COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION Blountsville Post #129 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount American Legion Hall. Oneonta Post #72 meets the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s. Snead Post #818 meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the old Snead Senior Center. Locust Fork Post #2014 does not have a regular meeting schedule. For more information on any post, email Larry Stone at LarryLStone4@gmail.com.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets every Tuesday night, 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 www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday (January through October), from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center, 62561 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Those interested in honey bees or beekeeping are invited. Beekeeping classes will be held in the fall for those desiring to become a beekeeper. We regularly purchase bees and supplies as a group. Door prizes are given at each meeting. You must be present to win. For more information contact Lonnie Funderburg at funder@otelco.net or Harold Deason at hdeson@aol.com.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets the last Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography at any skill level are invited. Phone 205-559-2203 or 205- 274-8608 for more information.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 205-590-1726 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at Azteca Tex-Mex Grill, 300 Springville Station Blvd., Springville (behind Walmart), at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205- 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@charter.net for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Wednesdays 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 205-274- 7780 or 205-274-0596.

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 205- 274-9188 to register or receive 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 205-283-3357, email dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times.

MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN There will be a gospel/bluegrass/ole time country acoustic open jam at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Phone 205-612-4239 or 205-274-0017 for more information.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blountsville Historical Park. For more information phone 256-706-6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 205-482- 4666.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is searching for information about: Mountain Brook Grocery Store (located near Blount Springs) before it was moved in 1957; the low water bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road and a covered bridge in the same area; the Blow Gourd community west of Ala 79 between Locust Fork and Cleveland (specifically a more than 100-year-old home at 43 Sullivan Drive that was a store where customers used a gourd to call the proprieter.)

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Visit www.blountmuseum.org or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905 with any information or for details on events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue on July 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees on July 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets phone 256-582-7469 or visit www.wholebackstage.com.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS announces the 2019-2020 season: “Rumors” – Sept. 13-22; “Greater Tuna” – Nov. 15-24; “Elvis Has Left the Building” – Jan. 17- 26; “Wedding Belles” – March 13-22; “Miss Nelson is Missing” – May 8-17. Season tickets are available. For more information, phone 205-274- 7469, like our Facebook page, or visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University to provide free counseling sessions for new and existing small business owners the second Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. Phone Ken Grissom, director of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at JSU, at 256-282-3380 for an appointment.

BLUEGRASS SUMMER NIGHTS Featured bands play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Jamming starts at 4 p.m., open stage at 5 p.m., house band plays at 6:30 p.m., and featured band plays at 7 p.m. Scheduled band: Aug. 9 – The Commadores. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 205-429-3996 or 205-363-0507 for more information.

RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP R.O.S.S. holds free, open to all, recovery support group meetings every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Help is available for those battling addiction, those in recovery needing support, and families struggling with addiction. Phone Susan Sweatman at 205-837- 5436 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET offers a wide variety of local and homegrown produce. The market is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Come early for the best selection.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will resume in the fall.

BLOUNTSVILLE MUNICIPAL POOL hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30 p.m until 5:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for ages 5 and up, $3 for ages 4 and under. Summer passes are available for $50 single pass, $80 two-person pass, $100 family of three, and $160 family of four.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room.

“Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, is underway. Contributions can be made through the website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121.

Visit www.oneonta businessassociation.com, the Facebook page, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about all OBA special events. LOVE WRITING AND/ OR ART? The Oneonta Public Library is starting a club for teens interested in helping produce an E-zine where teens can submit their poems, short stories, and art for online distribution. If you are interested in submitting work or helping produce the E-zine, stop by the library or email oplprogramming@gmail.com. BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone 205- 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info for more information. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK is open for weddings, reunions, and meetings. The park is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., to stamp your 200th celebration passbook, and view several old and interesting artifacts on display. Phone 205-429-2468 for reservations.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. Financial assistance is available. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the program going and may be mailed to P.O. Box 262, Cleveland, AL 35049. Phone 205-559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 205-559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 205-625-6026.

CROSSING PATHS ANIMAL RESCUE A GoFund- Me account has been set up for county residents to contribute to the non-profit charity. Crossing Paths is a no-kill shelter and is seeking to raise funds to continue operating. Visit www.gofundme.com, search Cleveland, AL, and choose Crossing Paths Animal Rescue to donate.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY offers utility assistance to eligible households. Call 205-855-287- 1730 or go to caaneal.org to make an appointment.

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 205-625-4673.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER Those age 60 and older can enjoy fellowship, games, and a meal Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The center also offers bus transportation, exercise equipment, quilting facilities, a pool table, sewing machines, and a computer. The center is located at 335 Stadium Circle, Douglas (across from Douglas High School). Phone 256-840-1440 for more information.

THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers 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 205-323- 7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta.

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. For more information, phone Sondra Horsley at 205-681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email blountcountyliteracycouncil@gmail.com.

LUGGAGE OF LOVE Gently used luggage is needed for foster children to pack their clothes when they must move from their homes or to a new home. Luggage may be dropped off at Cleveland First Baptist Church. It will be given to Blount County DHR. Phone Susan at 205-837-5436 for information.

AMERICA’S BEST LOOKING CRUISER CONTEST is organized by the American Association of State Troopers (AAST). A picture collage of all participating state cruisers is posted on AAST’s Facebook page with a link to vote through Survey- Monkey. The contest is underway now. Voting ends Tuesday, July 30, at 2 p.m. Let’s make the Alabama State Trooper Cruiser the best looking in the U.S.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 205-353-1696 for more info.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CHAPTER 28 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The Blount County group has a service office at 1004 2nd Street East, Oneonta, open each Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Hayden office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Friday at Hayden Town Hall. Free services include assistance with forms for veterans benefits, insurance, and more. For information or to make an appointment, phone Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 205-359-1865 or Gary Clements at 256-655-4867.

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 205- 625-4127, or email rclaburn422@yahoo.com.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 205-251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

BLOUNT COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT is currently offering financial assistance to agricultural landowners and operators within the Graves Creek Watershed to apply conservation practices. Through the Alabama Nonpoint Source Management Program and Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, agricultural landowners or operators may be eligible for financial assistance to correct environmental problems. Cost sharing assistance is available, but not limited to: channel stabilization, watering facilites, heavy use areas, interior fencing, stream protection, spring development, and stream crossing. For more information phone 205-274-2363, ext. 3.

DAIRY MARGIN COVERAGE PROGRAM The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announces that signups have begun for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. The program is the cornerstone of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices. All dairy producers in the United States are eligible for the DMC program. For more information, visit farmers. gov webpage or contact your local USDA service center at 205-274-2363, ext. 3.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231, fax 205-625- 3239, email production@blountcountian.com. Deadline is Friday, 4:30 p.m.