VETERANS DAY DEADLINES Because the post office will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, next week’s paper will be printed and mailed early. All material for the Nov. 11 issue is due tomorrow, Nov. 5, by noon.

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.

AMERICAN LEGION POST #72 FISH FRY fundraiser will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta. Meals are $10 each and available for drive-thru pickup. Limited seating on site. Post #72 is also looking for veterans who need assistance with non-perishable food items. Contact Cmdr. Gary Clements at 205-274-0306 for more information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Saturday, Nov. 7: Planting at the Grand Staircase; Saturday, Nov. 14: River cleanups. Visit for times and registration.

The FLFR Nursery is being built thanks to a CAWACO grant. Volunteers meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon to work. For more info email Mari at

The second eco-mural, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” is being painted by Joan Babcock at 237 Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta.

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

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the gymnasium and cafeteria Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. The school is located at 81 College Street in Blountsville.

SHOP WITH A HERO First responders ask for your help to shop for Christmas gifts for families in need in Blount County. Students may write letters telling why they would be a good helper for a chance to shop with a hero. Submit letters to your school counselor through Friday, Nov.20.Donations are being accepted through or through the Shop with a Hero account at any HomeTown Bank location. Learn more on the “Shop with a Hero” or “Blount County 911” Facebook pages.

FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP for all first through sixth grade boys and girls will be Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (lunch provided), and Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Registration fee is $25 per child. Find more information and registration information on the Sports For Christ and Cleveland First Baptist Church Facebook pages or

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

HAYDEN CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. The parade route will be from Hayden Primary School to Hayden Town Hall. No applications are necessary. Check in and line up begins at 5:30 p.m, at Hayden Elementary School. No horses or other livestock and no Santas on any float. Lighting will be provided for spectators along the route. Contact West Blount Fire District, Town of Hayden, or West Blount Chamber of Commerce for more information.

20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, or families may register through Sunday, Nov. 15, to decorate a spot. Decorating will begin in November and the exhibit opens to the public Tuesday, Dec. 1. Prize money will be awarded. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 for information. Registration forms are available at the park office or at

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER Help to find the best Medicare plan is available for seniors and disabled residents in North Alabama. Senior Resource Center, located in Locust Fork, is available to help during the annual open enrollment period (now through Dec. 7). Other assistance is also available through the agency. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

USDA NEWS 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) continues 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 One-on-one support with the application process is available by phoning 877-508-8364.

Enrollment applications are being accepted for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program through Friday, Dec. 11. This is a voluntary risk management program that offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed price (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. For more information visit or your local USDA Service Center at 55545 U.S. Highway 231 N, Oneonta or phone 205-274-2361 x2. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The event will feature carriage rides, the Wallace State Singers, and Santa Claus.

Share your Christmas decorations with everyone this year. Sign up for the Griswold Goodwill Tour of Homes. Visit the OBA website (below) to enter your home in the tour. An award will be presented for people’s choice.

The Flags of Honor project will pay tribute to active duty military and veterans of the armed forces with colorful personalized 18”-x-48” banners. A sponsorship of $250 includes: flag of honor banner, Christmas greetings banner, generic “shop local” banner, and a to-be-determined banner. This is not a fundraiser. Funds collected will pay for production of banners and hanging apparatus. They will be displayed along First Avenue. Email for more information.

Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about OBA and its events.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA is offering electric and propane assistance through the month of November. To apply, download the mobile app LITTLite or phone 1-855-287-1730 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

ONEONTA CITY HALL is continuing to update and integrate features with their new phone system. The menu options have changed to include only one of four options before speaking with an individual. If you dial 205-274-2150, you have: Option 1 Court, Option 2 Fire, Option 3 Police, Option 4 All City Business/ Operator.

Traditionally, each department had a direct line. This option continues with the following numbers assigned to those departments. Main Menu 205-274-2150; Ed Lowe (Community Development) 205-813-7181; Revenue 205-813-7182; City Clerk 205-813-7183; City Administrator 205-813-7184; Human Resources 205-813-7185; Public Safety Director 2050-813-7186; Police Investigations (ring all) 2050-813-7187; Police Chief 205-813-7188; Fire Department (ring all) 205-813-7189; Fire Chief 205- 813-7190; Building Inspections (ring all) 205-813-7191; Bookkeeper 205- 813-7192.

SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE The Carl Coleman Spay/Neuter Trust Fund, held and invested by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, is specifically designated for pet owners in Blount County to receive reduced price spay and neuter services. Call Blount County Animal Adoption Center Tuesday through Friday at 205-625-6026 for approval or with questions. Approved participants will pay a $20 co-pay to Animal Hospital P.C. in Oneonta on the day of surgery.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information on the Prisoner of War camp that was located in Oneonta during World War II. The camp housed both Italian and German prisoners of war. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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.

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.