ABSENTEE VOTING for the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election is now open. To vote absentee in person, go to the second floor of the Blount County Courthouse (Room 208) and bring a photo ID. Office hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To request an application for a ballot and receive a ballot by mail, phone 625-4153. Thursday, Nov. 1, is the last day voters may apply for a regular absentee ballot.

BLOUNT COUNTY ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE invites residents to ‘Meet the Director’ and network with chamber members and new executive director Barbara Anderson tomorrow, Oct. 4, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at The Little Brick Church, Oneonta.

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.

DEBORAH S. BEASON will present a solo piano recital on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., in the main sanctuary of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Spend an hour listening to her most-loved pieces from Bach to the Beatles. No charge.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB will have its scarecrow and pumpkin decorations at the bird and butterfly garden through October at the corner of High School Street and First Ave.

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.

The Plus Ultra Animanga Club will meet tomorrow, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. Ages 12-19 are invited.

Kids who are Minecraft fans are invited to see what you can build on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m.

The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 8.

The second of a six-part series, Aging with Grace, led by professor Alden Brindle will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

Beginning computer classes will be held Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

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.

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

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Mio Sogno Ristorante in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

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.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will have river cleanups on Saturday, Oct. 13 as follows: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m.; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m.; and the end of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m.

Interested in becoming a certified water monitor? Training will be held Friday, Oct. 19, or Saturday, Oct. 20.

A group will hike from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m. Bring a camera and learn tips on taking great photos on the easy-to-moderate hike.

Volunteers are always welcome! Join the group on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Cleveland Park to learn more. Refreshments provided.

Learn more about FLFR, register for hikes and cleanups, donate, and much more at

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will be hosting the Quarters Zone Meeting for Region 3, Zone 9 on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. (to order food), and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., at Top Hat Barbecue, Ala 31, Hayden. The meeting includes Blountsville, Dodge City, Hanceville, Hayden, and Oneonta Lions Clubs. Dress up as your favorite Halloween character.

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.

CHIPPING FOR CHILDREN Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at Heritage Golf Course and is sponsored by the Oneonta Masonic Lodge #324. There will be lots of prizes and all proceeds benefit the Blount County Children’s Center. To register, phone Andrew at 446-5412 or Garreth at 353-8404.

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.

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 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. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome.

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.

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.

ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BELL The museum is looking for photos of the old OES bell that hung outside the elementary school. The bell has been recovered and will be displayed at the OHS Veterans Day program. The theme is ‘Let Freedom Ring.’ If you have a photo, contact Amy Rhudy at the Blount County Memorial Museum at 625-6905.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625- 3231, fax 625-3239, email, mail P.O. Box 310, Oneonta AL 35121.