ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading begins today, July 1, and goes through July 31. Activities will take place online and at home. There are take-home crafts available at the library, competitions you can do at home, and virtual programs on Facebook and Discord. Stop by the library, follow us on Facebook, or visit for more information. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 with questions.

ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY BLOOD DRIVE is today, July 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the south parking lot of North Broad Street Church of Christ in Albertville. All blood types are needed.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK presents Sounds of Liberty, Saturday, July 4, at 12:15 p.m. Judge John Dobson will be guest speaker with special music and ringing the Liberty Bell at 1 p.m. South Bound will perform on the pavilion stage from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please wear a mask. Social-distanced seating will be available for families and singles. Free tours of the cabins 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.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays July 9, Aug. 13, and Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

ONEONTA HOMESCHOOL DAY will be Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at The Little Brick Church. Local homeschoolers will display curriculum and have discussions about homeschooling. The event is come-and-go and there is no charge.

APPRECIATION FISH FRY for Oneonta Fire Department and Oneonta Police Department will be Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at the Oneonta Fire Department. Come by and show your appreciation for our first responders.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will have a July Reading Contest open to first through sixth graders. The student who reads the most books during July will receive a prize. Sign up at the front desk. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There are guidelines and safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Blountsville municipal swimming pool and playground remain closed until further notice.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER is looking for a volunteer bookkeeper to work 10-12 hours per month for the small non-profit organization. Email or phone 205-429-3719 if interested.

Entries are being accepted for the 2020 Art & Photo Contest through July 31. Submit photos, paintings, drawings, etc. to show Blount County is “Awesome by Nature.” There are 12 categories sponsored by different businesses. Winners earn cash prizes from $25 to $200. Details and entry instructions are available at

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice. Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building.

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

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students. Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 205-775-1950, the Oneonta Board of Education at 205-543-1515, or 800-543-3098 for more information.

PALISADES PARK is now open to the public. Reservations for events, 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.

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.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at R&R BBQ, Hwy 411, Odenville. Meeting and meal at 6 p.m. All Purple Heart recipients and spouses are welcome to attend or join. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844- 1017.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231, email, mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121, or drop off at 217 Third Street South. Deadline is Friday, noon, to begin the following Wednesday.