COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will perform ‘The Foreigner’ on Fridays, May 4 and 11 and Saturdays, May 5 and 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, May 6 and 13, at 2 p.m., at the theatre, 413 6th Street South, Oneonta. For tickets, visit or phone 903-4060.

ONEONTA MIDDLE SCHOOL will perform the musical ‘High School Musical Jr.’ on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at OHS’s Eris Horton Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

SHERIFF’S CANDIDATE FORUM will be Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Pine Mountain Community Church. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will be the moderator. The church is located at 2678 Valley Grove Road, Remlap.

FLFR AND ZAXBY’S Eat at Zaxby’s in Oneonta on Tuesday, May 8, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Locust Fork River for the art and photo contest.

SUSAN MOORE BAND SPRING FLING will be Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., at Susan Moore High School. Admission is free and features food vendors, arts and crafts, game booths, inflatables, face-painting, and performances by the music department. Funds raised will benefit the Susan Moore Bulldog Band. To reserve a $50 booth phone 913-0233.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the program going and may mailed to PO Box 262, Cleveland, AL 35049. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 625- 6026.

NEED AN ITEM IN NEWS BRIEFS? Call 625-3231, fax 625-3239, email, or drop off at 217 Third Street South.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will host a candidates forum with all candidates running for the office of Blount County Sheriff invited, on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., at the pavilion. The public is invited.

The large pavilion is open for weddings, parties, reunions, and celebrations. The park is now open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 429-2468 for booking information.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets at 6:30 p.m., on the last Thursday of each month at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography and any skill level are invited. Phone 559- 2203 or 274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The group holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain

Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 274-7780 or 274-0596.

BLOUNT COUNTY LANDFILL/TRANSFER STATION hours are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. No debit or credit cards accepted; cash or checks only. Call 505-0150 with questions.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition. This allows the organization to provide items to needy Blount County residents at a low cost. All donations are tax deductible. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum has the Lady Lakers of Highland Lake cookbooks for sale for $5 each.

Visit or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 685-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Plus Ultra Animanga Club will meet on Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m., to create a round robin-style story.

On Saturday, May 5, there will be a Minecraft Mayhem tournament beginning at 10 a.m.

Twisted Stitchers is meeting Mondays at 10 a.m., and Saturdays at noon.

Having trouble with your electronic devices? Receive personal help on Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p.m. Walk in or make an appointment.

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. Visit for more information on library programs.

STAMP OUT HUNGER the 26th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be Saturday, May 12. Put your non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox. The food will be delivered to a local food bank.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1962 will have a class reunion on Saturday, May 19, at Charlie B’s restaurant from 11 a.m until 1:30 p.m. Bring old photos to share.

LADY LAKERS OF HIGHLAND LAKE are taking orders for whole Boston butts for Memorial Day weekend. Butts are $30 each and may be picked up Saturday, May 26, at the town hall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or on Friday, May 25, with advance notice. To order, phone Cheryl at 274-8509 or 515-0432.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART invites the public to a Blount County Memorial Day Service to be held Saturday, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m., in front of the Blount County Courthouse.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 17th annual June Fling will be Saturday, June 2. The fifth annual Singing Showdown will also be that weekend. The preliminary round is June 1 at 6 p.m. and finals round is June 2 at 1 p.m. Cash prizes of $500, $250, $100, and the grand prize of a recording session at Analog on Third will be awarded. Categories are ages 10-17, and 18 and older. Visit the website for complete rules and entry forms.

Booth registration for the June Fling is now underway. Applications can be picked up at Treasures on Main or the OBA website.

Visit or phone 446-0462 for information about this and other upcoming special events.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE CAMP will be June 11-16 at Oneonta High School and is sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Blount County. Two performances of ‘Peter and Wendy’ will be Saturday, June 16. Cost for first grade up to 8 years old is $50, ages 9 and older is $75. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Questions? Email or visit

CSX TRANSPORTATION will be doing railroad track repairs through Blount County on Nyota/ Commissary Road, Third Street, County Road 9. Each road will be closed 2-3 days for the repairs. Detours will be posted.

FLFR ART AND PHOTO CONTEST Contest entries, open to amateur artists and photographers, should celebrate life in and around the Locust Fork River. Photos, sketches, and paintings may include people, animals, bridges, and special memories. Entries will be accepted until July 31 and can be dropped off at the Blount County Memorial Museum, the Oneonta Public Library, or the Hayden Courthouse Annex. Prize money totals more than $1500. Visit for rules and guidelines. JSU BENEFIT CONCERT The group Alabama will headline a concert to benefit Jacksonville State University’s tornado relief efforts on Sept. 26 at Burgess-Snow Field on the campus of JSU. Also performing will be Charlie Daniels Band, Jamey Johnson, Riley Green, Shenandoah, Darren Knight, ‘Southern Momma,’ and many more. Tickets are on sale now and start at $25 each. Visit or phone 877-435- 9849 to purchase tickets.

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS The Blount County office is now open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.