ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING The Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge tomorrow, Jan. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chamber office. For more information or to schedule a required appointment, phone Ken Grissom at 256-782- 5342.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanup will be Saturday, Jan. 12, at the following locations: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., led by Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., led by Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., led by Alecia Self.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION The Monday, Jan. 14, commission meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. Work session remains as scheduled tomorrow, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Please make note of phone numbers for Blount County schools effective Jan. 1. Some school numbers changed and some remained the same. Board of Education 775- 1950; Appalachian 775-1970; Blountsville Elementary 775- 1990; Cleveland Elementary 775-2040; Cleveland High 775-2030; Hayden Primary 647-2103; Hayden Elementary 647-6578; Hayden Middle 647-3083; Hayden High 647- 0397; J.B. Pennington 775- 2050; Locust Fork Elementary 681-9512; Locust Fork High 681-7846; Southeastern 681- 3964; Susan Moore Elementary 775-2070; Susan Moore High 775-2060; Alternative School 775-1960; Blount County Career Technical Center 775-2080; Blount County Learning Center 775-1980.

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

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., at J’s Cafe in Cleveland, to discuss a new Lions Club to be chartered in central Blount County. Lions Clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs in the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information phone organizer Ron Seybold at 256-531-6075 or email

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Hayden Community Center. Reps. David Standridge, Randall Shedd, and Connie Rowe and Sen. Shay Shelnutt will provide a legislative update for the upcoming session. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments at 6 p.m. and program at 6:30. The event is sponsored by Ben Norris, State Farm.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE will sell plates catered by Swamp John’s on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes your choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or combination with slaw, hush puppies, fries, pickle, onion, drink, and choice of homemade dessert.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Martin Luther King Day of Service will be Monday, Jan. 21. FLFR volunteers will donate and stain two picnic tables for use at Oneonta Public Library.

Winners of the 2018 Art and Photo Contest are on display at Blountsville Public Library through Tuesday, Jan. 15. Start taking photos now for the 2019 contest.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The monthly luncheon will be Wednesday, Jan. 23, beginning at noon, at Cleveland First Baptist Church sanctuary. Dr. William Deutsch will give a presentation of his book Alabama Rivers – A Celebration and Challenge. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. After the presentation, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall. The event is free and is open to the public.

The Chamber will sponsor a wine tasting on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Grapes and Hops, 231 1st Avenue East, Oneonta. The event is free and open to the public.

The 36th annual banquet will be Tuesday, March 5, at Anchors Church. Nominations for Blount County’s Emerging Business of the Year, Blount County’s Business of the Year, The Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service, The Charles Carr Award for Blount County’s Volunteer of the Year, Blount County’s Industry of the Year, and The Pat Bellew Award for Blount County’s Outstanding Citizen are being accepted. Teachers of the Year and Ambassadors of the Year for both Oneonta City and Blount County school systems will also be honored at the banquet. Phone the Chamber at 205-274-2153 or email to request a nomination form or for information about all chamber events.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Fridays, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, and Feb. 22, 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 256-638-4430 ext. 150 with questions.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS is starting a new camp. The first meeting of Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 will be Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. The group will meet every fourth Monday thereafter. If you have Confederate ancestors and would like to join the group, phone 256-706- 6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 482-4666 for more information.

CAMP SUMATANGA POLAR PLUNGE Brave participants will rush into the freezing waters of Lake Sumatanga on Saturday, Feb. 23, for a $35 donation. The super brave may choose to jump off the bridge for a $50 donation. Check in begins at 11 a.m. Phone 256-538-9860 for more information or to register. Proceeds support the ongoing ministry of Camp Sumatanga and Conference Center.

BRIDAL FAIR The Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Bridal Fair on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. All the wedding vendors you need will be in one place. Admission is free and door prizes will be available.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information on schools that existed in Blount County from the late 1800s through the late 1900s. Phone the museum with info.

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

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. 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.

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.

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

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Mari Brindle will teach a class on making homemade gluten free sourdough bread on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. Participants will be able to try samples, get tips and recipes, and take home a sourdough starter.

Mr. Breakfast will be at the library on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. Kids ages 5 to 12 will learn important life lessons through sports and other fun activities.

Homeschool Hangouts will learn about Braille on Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.

The Teen Advisory Board will meet on Monday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m., to discuss general business and welcome new members.

Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels.

Story hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

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 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 holds 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 our Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

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 Wednesdays 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.

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 dking8669@yahoo. com, or visit for more information and times.

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 tutors. The service is free to Blount County residents. For more info, phone Phyllis Johnson at 681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email blountcounty