FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanups will be Saturday, Aug. 10: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self. Register at

NECTAR FIRE DEPARTMENT will host a community meeting Monday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m., at Nectar Town Hall, to discuss building a fire station on Hog Mountain (County Highway 45 area).All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

MASTER GARDENER CLASS The Blount County Extension office will offer a master gardener program this fall. The 12-week class will be taught every Wednesday, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 28 and ending Nov. 13. Most of the classes will be at the Hayden Community Center located at 629 County Highway 7. Topics include: vegetable gardening, plant propagation, disease and insect identification and control, landscape design, home orchards, and much more.After completion of classroom requirements and 50 hours of Extension-approved volunteer service, you will become a certified Alabama Master Gardener. Program cost is $125, which includes books and materials. Phone the Extension office at 205-274-2129 for application or information. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 14.

NARFE The National Association of Retired Federal Employees is dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the benefits of active and retired federal employees. Come learn about what NARFE has done and is doing for you on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. We will have a drawing for a $25 gift card and new prospects receive a free buffet. For reservations phone 256-506- 9450 (Arab), 205-625-6750 (Oneonta), 256-593-9887 or 256-660-0199 (Marshall County), or 205-625-5795 (Cleveland).

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB Brooms and mops are available for purchase at Blountsville Pharmacy. Brooms are $8; mops are $6; child’s broom and mop are $5 each. Phone 205-429- 3556 for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects (crochet, sewing, embroidery, etc). Come learn how to crochet. New members are welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m.: Come build an underwater base in Minecraft. The creator of the best build will receive the ‘Minecrafter of the Month’ award and their creation will be posted on social media.

Monday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.: Homeschoolers (elementary ages) are invited to build teamwork skills as they finish building activities with challenging constraints. At 6 p.m., the Teen Advisory Board will meet to discuss plans for the 2019/2020 term.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Story hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE COMMUNITY THEATER Auditions for the fall show, ‘Noises Off!,’ will be tomorrow, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. Callbacks, if needed, will be Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. Performance dates will be Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. Five male and four female roles are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 256-582-7469 or visit

LEWISBURG JUNIOR HIGH will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Fultondale Elementary lunchroom. Phone Melissa Linton Stephens at 205-631-7042 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 will have the 55th reunion Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (across from SMHS). Class of 1964 will meet at 1 p.m.; classes of 1962, 1963, 1965, and 1966 will join at 2:30 p.m. Phone Bob Moore at 205-383-7579 or Judy Wood at 205-283-5342 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATS ANNUAL GATHERING will be Friday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., at the home of Paige and Diane Cutcliffe, 435 Lakeshore Circle, Highland Lake. Tickets for the casual Southern backyard party are $25 each and available by phoning Mike Evans at 205-274-7954, Mattie Harvey at 205-274-7190, or Paige Cutcliffe at 205-274-4178. All interested residents are welcome regardless of membership in the club.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Appalachian Athletic Booster Club will host the event Saturday, Aug. 17, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Appalachian School. Cornhole and volleyball tournaments (two-person teams; $20 registration fee) begin at 4 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to throw a pie in the coach’s face ($1 for three throws), food and ice cream for sale, inflatables ($5), face painting, and more. Vist the Facebook page or phone Krisy Roberts at 205-612-1722 for more information. All proceeds benefit the booster club.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Float the Fork Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get details and register at

FLFR is looking for volunteers for the Art & Photo Contest, KDoR, and leading hikes and kayak trips. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team.

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

MURPHREE REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Wayne and Vanessa Brown’s barn located at 1226 Barwick Road, Blountsville. Bring your favorite food to share for lunch. Phone 205-559-1926 with questions.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH All youth are invited to join Christian rapper DCrook for a night of fun, food, and worship Sunday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m., at Dailey’s Chapel, 222 Bynum Drive, Oneonta. Youth groups please RSVP to Whitney Hardy at 205-353-4912.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute fall term will be Aug. 19 through Oct. 7 (ZMTI 105 Minor Prophets) and Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (ZMTI 106A Biblical Foundations I). All classes meet Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta Fellowship Hall. Tuitions is $50 plus book. Register at Phone 205-625-3191 for more information.

KIDS SAFETY DAY Blount County 911 will host the first Kids Safety Day Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Walmart in Oneonta. Kids will be able to tour ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, helicopters, and other emergency response vehicles. There will also be safety information, giveaways, food, ice cream, and other fun activities.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1955 will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

FREE FISH FRY Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Woodland Park Sheds 3 and 4. Johnny Owen, Justin Thompson, and Eric Robinson invite you to come enjoy fellowship and the day. All are welcome.

KIDCRAFTERS The Blount County Family Engagement Program invites parents of preschoolers ages 3 to 5 to attend a weekly program with their child beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Materials will be provided for the 10-week course offered to children who will attend a Blount County school. Spaces are first come, first served. Phone 205- 775-1955 ext. 9927 to register.

HAYDEN COMMUNITY CENTER will have Senior Days every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m until 1 p.m., from August through October.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama offers assistance with utility payments for those qualified. Phone 855-287- 1730 or visit to schedule an appointment. Questions? Phone 205- 413-4717.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS phone numbers have changed: Oneonta Elementary School 205-536-7756; Oneonta Middle School 205-543-5203; Oneonta High School 205-543-5913; Central Office 205-543-1515.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET offers a wide variety of local and homegrown produce. The market is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until noon, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Come early for the best selection.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Aug. 8, and Thursdays, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Swamp- Tails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

CULLMAN REGIONAL FOUNDATION announces the 28th Annual Million Dollar Hole-In- One Golf Extravaganza scheduled for Monday, Sept. 9, at TP Country Club. There will be morning and afternoon four-person scramble tournaments, putting contest, helicopter ball drop, and the Million Dollar Hole-In-One shoot out. For more information or to register, phone 256-737-2565 or email

BLOUNT COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION Blountsville Post #129 meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Blount American Legion Hall. Oneonta Post #72 meets the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s. Snead Post #818 meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the old Snead Senior Center. Locust Fork Post #2014 does not have a regular meeting schedule. For more information on any post, email Larry Stone at

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets the last Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography at any skill level are invited. Phone 205-559- 2203 or 205-274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets every Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday (January through October), from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center, 62561 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Those interested in honey bees or beekeeping are invited. Beekeeping classes will be held in the fall for those desiring to become a beekeeper. We regularly purchase bees and supplies as a group. Door prizes are given at each meeting. You must be present to win. For more information contact Lonnie Funderburg at or Harold Deason at

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 205-590- 1726 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 205-274-7780 or 205-274-0596. ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 205-274- 9188 to register or receive more information. DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 205-283-3357, email, or visit for more information and times. ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce partners with Jacksonville State University to provide free counseling sessions for new and existing small business owners the second Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. Phone Ken Grissom, director of the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network at JSU, at 256-282-3380 for an appointment.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email production@blount Deadline is Friday by 4:30 p.m. for following week.