CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Planting at the Grand Staircase will be Saturday, Feb. 6. Get more info at www.flfr.org.

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

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 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.

CLEVELAND YOUTH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION is Saturday, 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 (oneontaal.recdesk.com). Please phone 205-625-3534 with any questions.

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE will have a bed build in memory of core team member Bro.Bill Barnett Saturday, March 27, at 8 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The membership mingle is scheduled 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 www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, www.facebook.com/oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

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.

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 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.

ONEONTA CITY HALL is continuing to update and integrate features with their new phone system. The menu options have changed to include only one of four options before speaking with an individual. If you dial 205-274-2150, you have: Option 1 Court, Option 2 Fire, Option 3 Police, Option 4 All City Business/ Operator.

Traditionally, each department had a direct line. This option continues with the following numbers assigned to those departments. Main Menu 205-274-2150; Revenue 205-813-7182; City Clerk 205-813-7183; City Administrator 205-813-7184; Human Resources 205-813-7185; Public Safety Director 2050-813-7186; Police Investigations (ring all) 2050-813- 7187; Police Chief 205-813-7188; Fire Department (ring all) 205-813-7189; Fire Chief 205-813-7190; Building Inspections (ring all) 205-813-7191; Bookkeeper 205-813-7192.

SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE The Carl Coleman Spay/Neuter Trust Fund, held and invested by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, is specifically designated for pet owners in Blount County to receive reduced price spay and neuter services. Call Blount County Animal Adoption Center Tuesday through Friday at 205-625-6026 for approval or with questions. Approved participants will pay a $20 co-pay to Animal Hospital P.C. in Oneonta on the day of surgery.

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

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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231, email production@blountcountian.com, mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta, AL 35121, or drop off at 217 Third Street South, Oneonta. Deadline is Friday by noon to publish the following Wednesday.