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ART SHOW is today, 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.

DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINIC The Alabama Department of Public Health will have a drive-thru flu clinic Friday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-business Center. Shots are available for those 6 months and older. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare accepted. Cost is $5 without insurance.Phone Blount County Health Department at 205-274-2120 with questions.

LAKE CHARLES AID DONATIONS Loftis Robbins, Inc. will collect items needed by Lake Charles, La., residents who suffered hurricane damage on Friday, Sept. 25. Items requested are: plastic buckets and bins, dust masks, hoses and nozzles, flashlights with batteries, yard and cleaning tools, bleach and other cleaning chemicals, gloves, tarps, 8-penny nails, one-gallon sprayers, paper products (plates, cups, etc.), snack foods, fruit, diapers, basic toiletries, hand sanitizer, laundry products, and first aid products. Contact Kimberlie Payne at 205-625- 3891 or kim@loftisrobbins.com for more information.

GULF SHORES/ ORANGE BEACH AID DONATIONS Hazelrig Orchards will collect items through Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon.Supplies will be delivered Sept. 27 to Gulf Shores Church of Christ for distribution. Items requested are: Bibles, tarps, anti-itch and hydrocortisone creams, baby powder, Tylenol and ibuprofen, first aid supplies, bottled water, non-perishable snacks and food (things that don’t melt or require electricity to cook), diapers and wipes, toiletries, cleaning products, gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, bug spray, and flashlights with batteries.

2020 CENSUS Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census. It is vitally important that every person in Alabama is counted. The census count impacts federal dollars allocated to our state and we are in danger of losing seats in Congress based on our population.Visit www.2020census.gov.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Come be part of the discussion, planning, and vision for Christmas 2020 in Oneonta. Meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital board room. Christmas refreshments will be served. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com to RSVP or for more information.

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 wwrelatives@gmail.com for more information.

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

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Blount County Veterans Day dinner and parade scheduled for Nov. 6 and 7 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

USDA TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE An additional $14 billion has been made available for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronovirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) began Sept. 21 and will continue through Friday, Dec. 11. Producers can apply at Farm Service Agency county offices. There are three categories of commodities and there is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Information and application forms are available at farmers. gov/cfap. One-on-one support with the application process is available by phoning 877-508-8364.

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.

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 loveletters@tlcnursingcenter.com.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The second eco-mural will be painted by Joan Babcock during September and October on Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta.

FLFR is looking for volunteers. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email ellen@flfral.com to join our team.

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

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.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org.

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.

PALISADES PARK is 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 blountcountypark@gmail.com for more 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 aab0093@auburn.edu or Nancy Graves at foxwong@aces.edu 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.uwca.org, click on the Volunteer tab, then on the Visiting Allocations Team tab, or call Randy Betch at 205-458-2171.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email pro duction@blountcountian.com. Deadline is Friday noon to begin publication the following Wednesday.