LOCUST FORK HIGH AND ELEMENTARY are closed for in-peson classes through Monday, Sept. 14, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Classes will continue through remote learning. Students should complete all assignments through the Schoology platform. Faculty and staff will report during normal school hours to support parents and students while at home.

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

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a yard sale Friday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m.until noon.All proceeds benefit the park.

USDA CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Deadline for farmers and ranchers to apply for the program is Friday, Sept. 11. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Vist farmers. gov/cfap or the local USDA Service Center for more information.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will have a come-and-go open house at the Neely Theatre Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 p.m.until 7:30 p .m. Please RSVP by calling 205-274-SHOW.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, Sept. 12: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Horton Mill Covered Bridge, 10 a.m., Betty Osborne.Due to the high number of visitors to Mardis Mill Falls and Taylor Ford, cleanups are led weekly on Sundays, at 6 p.m., led by Alden Brindle and Ana Self respectively. Register and get more information at The second eco-mural will be painted by Joan Babcock during September and October on Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta.

ART SHOW will be Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., at SwampTails Restaurant. Showing will take place in groups of 10 by appointment only for one-hour sessions. Masks are required. Fifty percent of proceeds will be donated to art programs in Blount County schools. Phone Lee Littenberg at 205-237- 8998 for appointments.

WEAVER/WOOD REUNION Descendants of Hezekiah C. Weaver or Freeman Newton Wood will have a reunion Saturday, Oct. 3, at Oak Grove Church, Highway 79, Blountsville. Contact Betty LeMarchand at for more information.

TLC NURSING CENTER requests inspirational and encouraging letters from the community. They can be addressed to specific patients or just general words of encouragement for staff or patients. The activities and social work team will print letters and give them out or read them when appropriate. Send letters to

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 has food collection containers for needy veterans located at Priceless IGA supermarket in Oneonta. All donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information or photographs of the Graves Gap School once located near Hayden. They are also asking for information about or photographs of the Sibleyville community and Sibleyville Brick Company and information about why the Tidmore community was renamed Nectar in the early 1900s. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205- 625-6905 Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY 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 or visit BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Storytime with Mari Brindle will begin Monday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m., and continue each Monday. Parents must stay with their children and all attending should wear a mask.

The library is having a reading contest for adults 18 and older during the month of September. Visit the library for details. There is also a new display featuring all past librarians.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and are subject to change. Please phone 205-429-3156 or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for the most current 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.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER FLFR is looking for volunteers. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ONE WAY OUTREACH in Cleveland is accepting applications for its after school care 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PALISADES PARK is open to the public. Reservations for events, fire tower, and rock climbing are allowed if required social distancing can be maintained. Phone 205-274-0017.