LOCUST FORK REC SOFTBALL LEAGUE is partnering with LuLu’s BBQ (29636 Highway 79) for a fundraiser. On Saturday, April 10, from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., 10 percent of your purchase will be donated to the league.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for all Blount County Schools will begin Monday, April 12, and end Friday, May 21. Check your local school’s website for specific dates and times. Required documentation for registration: valid birth certificate, record of immunization, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration form. Registration form is available on our website ( or may be obtained from your local school.

PALS SPRING CLEANUP will be Friday, April 16, through Monday, April 26.Republic Services has donated five dumpsters for roadside and river clean up (not for cleaning out closets and garages). This is a great time for organizations and groups to make Blount County beautiful again. Each district has boxes of garbage bags to distribute to assist in cleanups.A representative from your group may contact your commissioner to pick those up if needed. Dumpster locations are: District 2 Shop, 44312 State Highway 79, Blountsville, 205-446-1419; District 3 Shop, 6340 Second Avenue West, Oneonta, 205-493-1742; District 4 Shop, 5380 County Highway 1, Cleveland, 205-625- 3473; Landfill/Transfer Station, 2390 Armstrong Loop, Hayden, 205-446- 2569; and Intersection of Smokerise Trail and Ala 160 (Old Pit Stop), 345 State Highway 160, Warrior, 205-446-2569.

SMALL FARMER TRAINING 2021 Wallace State Community College is conducting online and on-site small farmer training classes through Aug. 25. Visit or contact Travis Kress at 256-352-8115 or for more information or to register.

HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Thursday, April 29, through Saturday, May 1. For information phone 205-589-2311.

ONEONTA PARK & REC Youth football and cheer registration for fall is live on the website.Register at

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start seedlings Fridays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the FLFR Nursery. Email Jennah at to ask questions or register.

River cleanup will be Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers at Swann Bridge will focus on a deep clean this month. Visit for specific times and locations and to register.

2020 Art and Photo contest winners are on display at Susan Moore High School through April 15. Now is a great time to get out and capture the beauty of Blount County – Awesome by Nature for the 2021 contest.

Joan Babcock is working on our next mural at Sullivan’s Auto Service on Ala 79 in Cleveland. Completed 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 www.FLFR. org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

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. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844-1017.

GROW MORE GIVE MORE is a project that teaches home gardeners new skills and encourages them to share their harvest with the community. We teach you to Grow More fruits and vegetables so you can Give More to those fighting hunger and food insecurity. Visit for online resources, contact the Blount County Extension Office at 205-274-2129, or phone the Master Gardener Helpline at 877-252-4769.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM has the book The Clay Community Back Then by the Clay Historical Society available for sale.

Researching World War II service members? Our Heroes of American World War II Alabama features photos and text for each serviceman. The museum thanks Connie L. Tidwell for the donation.

The 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.