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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 www.flfr.org.

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 ellen@flfral.com if interested.

2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Drayer Physical Therapy through the month of January.

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

The FLFR Nursery is complete thanks to a CAWACO grant. Volunteers meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.until noon.For more info email Jennah at jennah@flfral.com.

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

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BLOOD DRIVE will be tomorrow, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at North Broad Street Church of Christ, located at 308 North Broad Street, Albertville. All donors receive a free t-shirt. COVID-19 antibody testing will be available.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

CITY OF ONEONTA Help us design an official City of Oneonta flag. Submit designs along with name, age, address, and phone number by Feb. 1 to comments@cityofoneonta.us. Avoid using photography, neon or unnatural colors, and business or personal names. Winner will receive a $100 gift card sponsored by The Blount Countian and your flag will fly at City Hall.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA January membership mingle has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the Cypress Room at Swamp- Tails. Members and interested persons are invited to the free event.

Cruise and Croon events are scheduled for Saturdays, May 29, July 31, and Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta.

The 19th annual June Fling is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in downtown Oneonta.

Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

ONEONTA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION is now open on the website (oneontaal.recdesk.com). Deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 12. Please phone 205-625-3534 with any questions.

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 www.caaneal.org or follow us on Facebook for more information.

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 atlanta.recruiting@ census.gov. Enter “New Application Request” in the subject line.

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.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for details or to arrange a pick up. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

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

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.

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.

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

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.