FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The first River Awareness Mural is in progress at Dry Creek Antiques, 62441 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Artists are painting on Thursdays, from 8 a.m. until noon, and plan to finish by July 30. Visiting hour is 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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 PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading continues 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY is having 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.

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.

YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING registration will be Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. until noon, at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Registration fee is $85. You may also register online at Phone Wesley Carnley at 850-341-2323 for more information.

FREE CONCERT featuring Dennis Parker, a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, will be Sunday, July 26, at 6 p.m., at Dailey’s Chapel, 222 Bynum Drive, Rosa.

NECTAR CEMETERY AND CHURCH will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser Wednesday, July 29, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at Nectar Senior Citizen Center. Tickets are $12 in advance or at the door. All profits benefit the paving project. Donations are also welcome. Phone Sue at Nectar Water Department at 205-559- 7780 for information.

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

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

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 homemade goods directly to the public. To schedule a test or get information phone Christy Mendoza at 205-217-6495.

PALISADES PARK is open. 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.