FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

Planting at the Grand Staircase will be Saturday, Feb.6.Get more info at

River cleanups will be Saturday, Feb 13. See locations, times, and leaders at

2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Drayer Physical Therapy through Feb. 15.Locust Fork Baptist Church is next. Winter is a great time to get out and capture the beauty of Blount County – Awesome by Nature for the 2021 contest.

FLFR murals, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” by Joan Babcock at 237 Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta and “Explore the River” by Lakshmi Tummalapalli and @OneExplorer at 62441 U.S.Highway 231 in Cleveland are available for photos. Share your pics on social media with the hashtags #FLFRMurals and #NatureAwarenessMurals.

The FLFR Nursery is complete thanks to a CAWACO grant.Volunteers meet on Fridays at 4 p.m. to plant seedlings. To volunteer, email Jennah at

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

CLEVELAND YOUTH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION is Saturdays, Jan. 30 and Feb.6, from 9 a.m.until noon, at the batting cages at Cleveland Park. Ages 4-12 pay an $85 registration fee. First-time players bring a copy of birth certificate.

ONEONTA BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION ends Friday, Feb. 12. Register through the website ( Please phone 205-625-3534 with any questions.

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 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., in the Cypress Room at SwampTails. 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,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

FREE ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS are available for veterans or their spouses from the DAV. For more information, contact Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 205-359-1865 or Amy Rhudy at Blount County Memorial Museum 205-625-6905.

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.

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” in the subject line.

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

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