20TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK is open through tomorrow, Dec. 31. The exhibit is free, but donations are appreciated. Phone the park at 205-274-0017 for information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Planting at the Grand Staircase and River Cleanups will be Saturday, Jan. 9. Get more information and sign up at

The 2021 Friend of the River Scholarship will be awarded in May. Blount County high school seniors graduating in 2021 (private school, public high school, or homeschool) may apply by Friday, Jan. 29, to participate as a FLFR youth volunteer and qualify for the $1,000 scholarship. Email Ellen Luce at if interested.

2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Blountsville Public Library through Thursday, Dec. 31. The display will move to Drayer Physical Therapy in January.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or a combination and fries, slaw, hush puppies, pickle, onion, drink, and choice of homemade dessert.

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR foster parent classes begin Thursday, Jan. 21. Phone 205-274-5200 with questions or to register.

ONEONTA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION is now open on the website ( Please phone 205-625-3534 with any questions.

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU is hiring field representatives in Blount County. Pay rate is $14.95 to $20.71 per hour plus 57¢ per mile driven while on duty. To request an application package by mail, send an email with complete mailing address (including county of residence) to Enter “New Application Request” as the subject.

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER offers various types of assistance for senior citizens in Blount County. Phone 205-680-2068 or 800-596-4371 for information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY has returned to curbside service only. Library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monthly book club discussions have been postponed until Thursday, Jan. 21. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit for details or to arrange a pick up. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

ELECTRIC AND PROPANE ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama is offering assistance paying electric and propane bills. To apply, download the LITTLite mobile app or call 1-855-287-1730 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Funding for this program is provided by ADECA. Visit or follow us on Facebook for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-429-3156, visit, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

ONEONTA INTERNET C Spire is expanding into Alabama. Visit and complete information. The more people who indicate interest, the better the chances they offer service in our area.