ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Winners of the 6th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest and the Festival of Lights Tree Decorating Contest will be announced tomorrow, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m., in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe.

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BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. It starts at the Blountsville ball park and winds through town to Blountsville Town Hall, where festivities will continue with Santa, Mrs. Clause, and their elves.

LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK The public is invited to drive through for the 18th Annual Christmas Lights in the Park between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. any night in December except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

Santa will be at the cottage for photos from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22. BLOUNTSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE AUXILIARY will have a Blountsville community gathering and free holiday dinner on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the VFW Hall in Blountsville. Businesses or individuals interesting in helping should contact Mindy Chappell at 237-9805.

The Auxiliary is also sponsoring 48 children for Christmas. Anyone who wants to donate toys or money should contact Chappell as well.

CLEVELAND CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK The annual event will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. For more information, phone 274-9640.

HAYDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL third- and fourth-graders will perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; school-age children are free.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The last story hour of the year is today, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m.

Color With Your Kids will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. Parents can come color winter and Christmas-themed coloring pages with your children.

Novel Destinations book club will meet tomorrow, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and enjoy a potluck Victorian style dinner.

Polar Express Pajama Party will be Friday, Dec. 14. Pictures with the conductor are at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m.

LEGO Club will meet Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Participants will build whatever they can in one hour. Finished creations will be posted on Instagram and Facebook.

Grown-Up Geeks will watch the heartwarming holiday classic movie Tokyo Godfathers on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m.

T.K. Thorne will be at the library on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., for a brief talk and to sign copies of her new book, House of Rose. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

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. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come see our River Elves float in the Blountsville Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

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WORLD RACE FUNDRAISER Reece Holland is selling smoked hams to raise money for his World Race mission trip. The 10-pound hams are $40 each or two for $70. Orders are due by Saturday, Dec. 15. Phone 237-0220 or send a private message through his Facebook page to order. Hams will be available for pick up or delivery Saturday, Dec. 22, or Monday, Dec. 24.

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER is selling hickory smoked hams for the Christmas holiday. 20-pound, fully cooked and ready to eat whole hams are available for $50 each. Contact Charley Head at 516-7656 or by Monday, Dec. 17 to order. Pick up will be at Pine Mountain Community Center from Saturday, Dec. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 22. The center is located at 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap.

BLOUNT COUNTY DHR will have an open house for those interested in becoming foster parents or volunteers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Social workers and supervisors will be available to answer 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 will have their last meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 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 will have the beginning beekeeping class on Monday, Jan. 14, and continuing for five more Mondays, at 6:30 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center in Cleveland. For more information contact Jerry Carter at or Lonnie Funderburg at

The group 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 will not meet in December. Beginning in January, the group will hold jam sessions on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit their Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

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. Divorce- Care 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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS There will be no classes in December. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

LEADERSHIP BLOUNT COUNTY Registration is now open for the 2019 Leadership Blount County class sponsored by the Blount – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Barbara Andersen at 274-2153 or Sessions begin in January.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 353- 1696 for more information.

LOW WATER BRIDGE Blount County Memorial Museum is searching for history on the bridge located on Jerry Marsh Road. They would also like information about a possible covered bridge in that area years ago. Phone Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with any information.

ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BELL The museum is looking for photos of the old OES bell that hung outside the elementary school. If you have a photo, contact Amy Rhudy at the Blount County Memorial Museum at 625-6905.

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 noon. No debit or credit cards accepted; cash or checks only. Call 505- 0150 with questions.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY The winners of the Blount County Art & Photo contest are on display until Jan. 15. 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.

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.

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

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

‘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. Financial assistance is available. 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.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY offers utility assistance to eligible households. Call 855-287- 1730 or go to to make an appointment.