OHS ATHLETIC BOOSTER GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Friday, July 26, at 9 a.m., at Limestone Springs. Four-man scramble, $100 per player or $400 per team. Lunch served following. Phone Christina (205-213-9062), Mike (205-213-8274), Charles (256-557-2065), or Steve (205-296-3333) for info. Email intentions to play to

SMOKE RISE HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION will meet tomorrow, July 25, at 7 p.m., at Smoke Rise United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Author Glenn Wills will discuss his books, Forgotten Alabama, More Forgotten Alabama, and 200 Years of Forgotten Alabama. The meeting is open to all Smoke Rise residents. Email for more information.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue on July 25, 26, and 27, at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinee July 28, at 2 p.m.

Audition for the fall show, Noises Off!, will be Thursday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Performance dates will be Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. Five male and four female roles are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 256-582-7469 or visit

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.

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

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 to join our team.

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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

HIPP AND MURPHREE REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m., at Rock Springs United Methodist Church, 1905 County Highway 6. Please bring a covered dish and photos to share. Phone Jerry Alldredge at 205- 429-3321 or Ivalee Hipp Darmer at 256-572-1946 for more information.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursdays, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Appalachian Athletic Booster Club will host the event Saturday, Aug. 17, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Appalachian School. Cornhole and volleyball tournaments (two-person teams; $20 registration fee) begin at 4 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to throw a pie in the coach’s face ($1 for three throws), food and ice cream for sale, inflatables ($5), face painting, and more. Vist the Facebook page or phone Krisy Roberts at 205-612-1722 for more information. All proceeds benefit the booster club.

MASTER GARDENER CLASS The Blount County Extension office will offer a master gardener program this fall. The 12-week class will be taught every Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 28 and ending Nov. 13. Most of the classes will be at the Hayden Community Center located at 629 County Highway 7. Topics include: vegetable gardening, plant propagation, disease and insect identification and control, landscape design, home orchards, and much more. After completion of classroom requirements and 50 hours of Extension approved volunteer service, you will become a certified Alabama Master Gardener. Program cost is $125, which includes books and materials. Phone the Extension office at 205-274-2129 for application or information. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 14.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to attend 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.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5 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 OBA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. Plans are being made for the Christmas tree and holiday decorating contests, the community Christmas tree lighting, and other holiday activities. Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about all OBA special events. 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 or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs. 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.

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

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.

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 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 or Harold Deason at

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.

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, or visit for more information and times. 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. 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. 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.

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.

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY recognized 1,519 students named to the 2019 spring semester Dean’s List. Among those are: Haley Harbison and Sadie Odom of Hayden, and Madison Cox of Oneonta. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA while attending at least 12 credit hours of coursework.

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.

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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231; email production Deadline is Friday, 4:30 p.m.