NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER RALLY is tomorrow, May 6, 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.”

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start native plant seedlings Fridays, 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 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 us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL will be Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. Entertainment will be 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.

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.

LOCUST FORK YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEER REGISTRATION will be Saturdays, May 15, May 29, and June 12, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at Locust Fork Park. Registration fee is $165 for football and $275 for cheer. For more information contact them on Facebook or contact Michael Horsley or Beth Harper.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESUCE will have a fish fry Saturday, May 15, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or any combination; slaw, fries, and hushpuppies; drink; and choice of dessert. Eat in or carry out.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for all Blount County Schools ends 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.

BOSTON BUTTS FOR MEMORIAL DAY The Lady Lakers of Highland Lake are selling whole Boston butts for Memorial Day. Boston butts are $30 and will be available for pickup Saturday, May 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Anchor. Meat may be picked up Friday, May 28, with advance notice. Phone Cheryl at 205-515-0432 to order.

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 info.

The second issue of Explore Oneonta, OBA’s new 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.

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. 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY has resumed normal hours of operation. Masks are preferred. Late fees will be applied to items currently overdue. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit for more information.

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, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

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.

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. Program funding 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 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 Remlap Elementary School or students and teachers from 1959 through 1964. Phone or come by the Museum during regular hours if you can help.

For genealogy appointments, phone Amy Rhudy Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 205-625-6905.

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

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 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 or email Deadline is Friday at noon to begin publication the following Wednesday.