FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Fridays, March 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for photographs of the Red Hill area in Oneonta (500 Second Street South). The book Along the Way: A Photographic Journey by author and photographer Larry Clowdus of Oneonta is for sale at the museum. Harold Cleveland of Oneonta donated the book King’s Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of King’s Mountain, October 7, 1780, and the Events Which Led To It. Sandra Arnold Murray, Oneonta High School graduate, donated several Tomahawk yearbooks from OHS. In addition, Mary Jane McGowan donated the first yearbook of Southeastern Elementary School. Anyone interested in donating yearbooks from area high schools may contact Rhudy at the Museum. The public is always welcome to view the museum’s yearbook collection during regular hours. For genealogy appointments, phone Amy Rhudy Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 205-625-6905.

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.