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.

The Festival of Lights Tree Contest winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, in front of the Angels in Oneonta mural. Sponsors are being accepted at

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION grant award announcements will be Friday, Nov. 20, at 8 a.m., on WCRL Radio (95.3/94.7),, and the WCRL app.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Blountsville Public Library during the month of November.