RECOVERY CELEBRATION In recognition of National Recovery Month, there will be a celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at Woodland Park. Guest speakers will be Mark Moon, sheriff-elect, and Jodi Cone, Community Corrections Manager. Hot dogs and snacks will be available. The event is free and the public is invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES will meet on Friday, Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will speak on social media abuses.

TOWN OF SNEAD PICNIC The annual town picnic will be Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be live entertainment all day, arts and crafts, food, inflatables, face painting, train rides, food, and much more. Booth rental is available by calling 456-0448.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM will offer the Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program for ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Making Alabama: A Bicentennial travel exhibition will be on display at the Frank Green Building auditorium through Thursday, Sept. 27. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Frances Darnell Whited will be signing her book, Footprints in the Dust: Stories from the Old Tuscaloosa Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Visit or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Story hour is every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

English as a Second Language class is Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels. Toys are provided to keep young children busy.

The Novel Destinations Book Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black.

Making Sense of Medicare is a class open for those interested on Friday, Sept. 21, at noon.

Homeschool Hangouts will meet Monday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m., and will feature a round-robin writing exercise.

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.

PENNINGTON CLASS OF 1970 will have the 48th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Hitchin’ Post, 3019 County Road 14, Snead, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Lunch will be catered and is $15 per plate. Phone Sharon or Earl Woodard at 429-2883 for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The Annual Heritage Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the park. There will be food, arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, Confederate presentation in costume, and The Bluegrass Connection will perform at 11 a.m. Vendor space is still available. Admission is free, but there is a $5 per car charge to park.

Blount County authors are invited to participate in the book signing to be held during the festival. This is in appreciation of all past and current authors and the contribution to Blount County literature. Phone 429-2468 to confirm participation.

The park is a stop for those visiting historical sites in Alabama for the 200th birthday celebration. Get your passport book stamped at the gift shop.

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. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Businesses, churches, civic groups, and families may register for a spot to decorate at the park from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Decorating will begin in November. Prizes will be awarded. Phone 274-0017 for more information.

ONEONTA CLASS OF 1955 will have the 63rd reunion on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant.

BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOMES TOUR The 26th annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7. The tour will showcase five homes that are energy efficient and use solar technologies that are clean and renewable. Email for registration information.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat eggs, biscuits, gravy, sausage, bacon, grits, and drink. Money raised will benefit the club’s sight and diabetes programs on the local and state level.

BARKS IN THE PARK will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. until noon, at The Anchor and Pat Bellew Park at Highland Lake. There will be photo contests, animals for adoption, costume contests, and much more. Phone 625-6407 or visit for more information. Proceeds will benefit the Blount County Animal Adoption Center.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER has sponsored the book Alabama Rivers, a Celebration & Challenge, as one of the founding river groups to test for water quality with the program that the book’s author, Bill Deutsch, co-founded in 1992. He will give a powerpoint presentation and sign books at the chamber luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Anchors Church.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY has a pine needle basket collection on display, courtesy of and created by Jane Wright. Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Phone 429-3156 or visit for more 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 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.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Oct. 12 (snack day) and 26, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Visit, oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 446- 0462 for information about the OBA and upcoming special events.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625-3231, fax 625- 3231, email, mail to P.O. Box 310, Oneonta AL 35121, or drop off at 217 Third Street South. Deadline is Friday by 4:30 p.m.

NEW HAYDEN TOWN NUMBERS The Town of Hayden has new phone numbers as follows: Hayden Town Hall – 543- 6881; Hayden Water Department – 543-6882; fax – 543-6883.

BILLIE SUE BEASLEY The Joseph Edward Beasley family is looking for photos of Billie Sue. She went to Appalachian school and passed away in 1979. The family is looking for photos of her during her school years. Any information is appreciated. Phone Elaine Beasley at 594-5032.

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.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE and Emergency Medical Services District dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

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

CHAPTER 28 DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The Blount County group has a service office at 1004 2nd Street East, Oneonta, open each Monday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Hayden office is open 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Friday at Hayden Town Hall. Free services include assistance with forms for veterans benefits, insurance, and more. For information or to make an appointment, phone Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 359-1865 or Gary Clements at 256-655-4867.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is seeking volunteer firefighters for the area. Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station #1 at 4201 County Road 29. Training is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Phone Jeremy at 965-6616 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is currently being offered, teaching gun safety, handling, and care of a handgun. The free course is open to the public, but individuals must have their own handgun and ammunition.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email THE CRISIS CENTER serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., with additional hours provided as needed. Individuals who have experienced sexual assault may reach the Crisis Center at any time via the Rape Response hotline at 323-7273, or during business hours at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta. ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274- 9188 to register or for more information. LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. For more information, phone Phyllis Johnson at 681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has sessions at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283-3357, email, or visit for more information and times.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.