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

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet tomorrow, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. U.S. House 6th District candidate Danner Klein will speak.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HARVEST FESTIVAL Head on over to Blountsville this Saturday, Oct. 13, for the town’s annual Harvest Festival. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic, downtown Blountsville. There will be arts and crafts, food, a bike and car show, live entertainment throughout the day, kids activities, and much more.

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. Learn more about FLFR, register for 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.

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.

ANIMAL ADOPTION CENTER OF BLOUNT COUNTY is offering halfprice adoption fees on all adult cats during the month of October in honor of Kossie Buckelew. Buckelew has volunteered weekly at the center since it opened in 2005.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY offers utility assistance to eligible households. Beginning Dec. 1, call 855- 287-1730 or go to to make an appointment.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the department, located at the intersection of Ala 79 and U.S. 278. The $11 plate is fish, shrimp, or chicken and all the fixings and benefits the Brooksville Fire Department.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., at Blountsville Elementary School lunchroom. The $6 plate includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, and orange juice. Proceeds will benefit Lions community, school, and sight projects.

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.

QUILT SHOW The Blount County Quilters Guild quilt show will be Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m until 4 p.m., at Palisades Park. Admission is $5 per person. Over 100 quilts will be on display in two buildings. Quilting and craft vendors will be available. There will be a drawing for a quilt on Saturday. Quilters are invited to enter quilts in the show. Bring quilts to the Quilter’s Cottage at Palisades Park on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information phone 256-558-3399 or 994-4749 or visit the website

TREATS ON THE STREET will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., downtown Oneonta. Children are invited to dress in costume and recieve treats from local businesses along the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of 1st Ave. East. Children must be supervised and a secret judge will award prizes for best costumes. The event is sponsored by the OBA. Businesses who would like to participate, email or phone Daniel at 305-7775.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER 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 ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Learn to create a resume on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. Bring any necessary work information.

Hearth and Home will demonstrate fall crafts on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. Come early to reserve a place.

Teen Advisory Board will hold its first meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., to elect officers.

Alden Brindle will present the third of his six-part series, Aging with Grace, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 2:30 p.m. Each session covers a different topic so previous attendance is not required.

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.

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.

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.

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 lonnie. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 Divorce- for more information and times.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit

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 625-4102, the Oneonta Board of Education at 625- 4106, or 800-543-3098 for more information.

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625-3231, fax 625-3239, or email