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

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start native plant seedlings Fridays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the FLFR Restoration Nursery on Taylor Ford Road. Email Jennah at to participate.

Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m. until noon: landscaping at the grand staircase.

Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. until noon: river cleanups at several locations. Visit for details.

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 Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER RALLY is Thursday, May 5, at noon, on the Blount County Courthouse steps.Lunch will be provided immediately following the rally in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church.The rally will move to First Baptist Church is case of inclement weather. The 2021 theme is “Love, Life, and Liberty in America.”

DRY CREEK LODGE #626 The Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association Gatekeepers Chapter will have a benefit ride Saturday, May 8, beginning and ending at the Cleveland Community Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; ride starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee is $25 per bike. Lunch ($5 for riders) will follow. There will be door prizes. All proceeds will benefit Dry Creek Lodge.

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

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL will be Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. Entertainment provided by Pine Mountain Bluegrass, Cotton Pickin’ Kids, and others. There will be an antique car show, food, and crafts. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for all Blount County Schools ends Friday, May 21. Check your local school’s website for specific dates and times. Required 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE sponsored by Operation Grateful Heart will be Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m., on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse. The service will be moved to the Frank Green Building auditorium in case of bad weather. Phone Donnie Jackson at 205-272-0445 with questions or for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring the first Explore Oneonta Photo Competition. Entries will be accepted through June 15. Visit for rules and entry form.

The second issue of Explore Oneonta, OBA’s quarterly publication, is available at 20 local businesses 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.

Swing into the Fling replaces the usual Singing Showdown this year. The Shepherd Becker Quartet will perform Friday, June 11, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your lawn chair. VIP Experience tickets (which include table seating, VIP food tent, drinks, commemorative wristband, and door prizes) are available for $30.

Booth registration is underway for the 19th annual June Fling scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Early registration fees will be honored through May 1. Visit the website for details and restrictions.

Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION loans are available for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits that were impacted by the Jan. 25-26 tornado. Apply online at or visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the City of Fultondale Public Library, 500 Byrd Lane, Fultondale. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For questions or one-on-one assistance with applying, phone 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard of hearing phone 800-877-8339. Visit for more information. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 1.

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.

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, 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.

ONEONTA PARK & REC Youth football registration for fall is live on the website. Register at Phone the Rec Center at 205-625-3534 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.

ALABAMA RECORD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION will have the 40th annual show Friday, May 14, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Gardendale Civic Center Main Exhibition Hall. Admission is $5 per day. Friday 11 a.m. early-bird admission is available for $10. Visit for more information.

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 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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625-3231 or email Deadline is Friday, noon.