FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Fridays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26: Come plant seedlings at the FLFR Nursery between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. To volunteer, email Jennah at

Saturday, March 6: Planting at the Grand Staircase. Find more info at

Saturday, March 13: River clean ups at various sites from 9 a.m. until noon. Visit for locations and times. Winter is a great time to clean deep in the underbrush.

2020 Art & Photo contest winners will be on display at Locust Fork Baptist Church through March 31. Now is a great time to get out and capture the beauty of Blount County – Awesome by Nature for the 2021 contest.

COVID guidelines are followed at all events. Please wear a mask and social distance. Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a yard sale Friday, March 12, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Saturday, March 13, from 8 a.m.until noon.This is a rain or shine event. Please wear a mask. All proceeds benefit the park.

SIXTH ANNUAL E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM, in association with the Community Arts Council of Blount County, presents Jim Connor Tuesday, March 16*, at 5:30 p.m., at Oneonta High School Eris Horton Auditorium. A Gadsden native, Connor is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and Harvard University and has been inducted into the Alabama Blue Grass Hall of Fame. Masks and social distancing are required. (*Weather or other alternate date is March 18.)

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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.

Explore Oneonta, OBA’s new quarterly publication, is available at local member retailers as well as on OBA’s website (

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. Find more information on Facebook (Sleep In Heavenly Peace – AL, Oneonta).

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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.

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Two opportunities are available through the Alabama Committee of Credentialing and Career Pathways for two high-demand career fields. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 16, for the Industrial Systems Technology Scholarship and the Welding Career Track Scholarship. For more information or to apply, visit Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a brief interview which is part of the selection process for scholarship recipients.

ALABAMA APART TOGETHER is a crisis counseling program providing supportive services to Alabamians affected by COVID-19… all of us. Phone 1-888-442-1793 to access confidential and free services and information about available community resources.

ONEONTA PARK & REC is looking for baseball officials. If interested call Ronnie Fuller at 205-540-4717 or Dartyn Boatright at 205-936-5427.

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.

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 continues curbside pickup services. Additionally computer access, copies and faxes, and shelf browsing are available by appointment only. Please schedule a time by phone. Library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit for details or to arrange a pickup. 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at R&R BBQ, Hwy 411, Odenville, 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 MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for yearbooks/annuals from any school in Blount County. If you are interested in donating, phone curator Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905 or visit the museum Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The museum currently has eight new displays showcasing L&N Railroad, the Boy Scouts, brass bells, photographs of Blount County covered bridges, Horton Mill, model airplanes, vintage toys, and a Blount County educational display.

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

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email Deadline is Friday, noon, for publication the following Wednesday.