NECTAR CEMETERY AND CHURCH will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser today, July 29, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., at Nectar Senior Citizen Center. Tickets are $12 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer Reading continues through July 31.Participate in one or more of the competitions. Multiple options are available depending on age. Examples include: making a sock puppet, building a castle in Minecraft, and writing a fairy tale remix. 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 Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.until noon.Hours are subject to change with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Please follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for the most current information.

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.

The fourth planting at the Grand Staircase at King’s Bend Overlook Park will be Friday, July 31, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Join Zac Napier, naturalist, in creating a native garden. Register at

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

ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school and 4-year-old preschool program, Friends in Faith. Register Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact Paige Smith at 205-353-1226 for more information.

ONEONTA REC SOCCER signups for ages 4 to 11 are going on now through Friday, Aug. 7, online at Email for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring the Oneonta Forum Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m., at Anchors Church. Voters have the opportunity to hear candidates for mayor and city council discuss issues of importance in the upcoming election. Jack Bains will serve as moderator for the question and answer format. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be screened at the door beginning at 6 p.m.; social distancing guidelines will be followed. The event will also be live streamed for those who wish to view from home. Submit potential questions on the OBA Facebook page through tomorrow, July 30, at 5 p.m.

Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Visit for more 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 HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1960 will have the 60 year reunion Saturday, Aug. 29, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. For more information email Ginger Hyde at

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 info.

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

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA is seeking volunteers to serve on the Visiting Allocations Team (VAT) during the 2020 Allocations Process. VAT volunteers review all partner agencies funded through UWCA’s annual campaign. Responsibilities include: committing to 10 to 12 hours during September and October; attending and actively participating in team meetings and agency site visits (all done virtually); reviewing agency programs and accomplishments; working with other volunteers to make program assessments and recommendations. Go to, click on the Volunteer tab, then on the Visiting Allocations Team tab, or call Randy Betch at 205-458-2171.

WEAVER/WOOD Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood contact Betty LeMarchand at The family meets the first Saturday in October and would love to meet new relatives.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

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.