LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL will hold an informational meeting tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, 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.

GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE 212TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION will be Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m., at Rosa Town Hall. The Confederate flag will be hoisted with a 21-gun salute and John Killian will be guest speaker during the 20th annual celebration in Blount County. Lunch at Busy Bee in Allgood will follow. For information phone R.C. Smith at 274- 2600, Van Gunter at 446- 8582, or Ann Stephens at 625-7323.

UNITY CELEBRATION The fourth annual event will be Monday, Jan. 21, noon, at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. After a short ceremony, lunch will be served at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

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. Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at

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

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

CULLMAN REGIONAL will host a seminar on hereditary female cancers tomorrow, Jan. 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., in the Colonel Cullman Room in Professional Office Building 2 on the Cullman Regional Campus (1912 AL Hwy 157, Cullman). Cost of the lunch and learn program is $5 for Healthy Life members and $8 for others. Register online at or phone 256-735-5600.

Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Cullman Regional Urology Clinic. Screenings are available for men age 50 to 69 or men over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer. African American men have a higher risk and should begin screenings at age 40. Phone the clinic at 256-737-2177 for a required appointment.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Jill Jackson, AERA executive director, will be the featured speaker.

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.

RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE TRAINING The Blount County Extension office will conduct a restricted use pesticide training program for private applicators on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., in the auditorium of the Frank Green Building, 415 5th Ave. E., Oneonta. Cost of the program is $20 payable to Blount County Extesnion. Phone Dan Porch at 274-2129 for information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP Applications for three offered scholarships are due Thursday, Feb. 28. Criteria for consideration are: U.S. citizen, graduating high school senior planning for livestock industry/agriculture education, exhibits excellent character and citizenship, academic excellence, parent/grandparent or guardian is a current member of the Blount County Cattlemen’s Association or applicant has been a Junior Cattlemen member for two consecutive years. Scholarships are funded by steak sandwich sales. Request applications from Charles Head, 181 Hallman Trail, Remlap, AL 35133, or phone/text 516- 7656.

ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for the 2019-2020 school year will be March 18 through March 22. Students living in the Oneonta City School district should bring two proofs of residence, birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization record.

Non-resident applications will also be accepted during this time. The number accepted will be based on room and availability. Parents will receive a letter from the school principal in June or July notifying them of their child’s status. Phone the school at 625-4108 with questions. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Novel Destinations Book Club will meet tomorrow, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Lego Club will meet Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Whatever you create in an hour will be on display at the library and on social media.

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY – ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 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. Phone the Chamber at 205-274-2153 or email barbara@blount for information about all chamber events.

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.

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 will continue the beginning beekeeping class on Mondays, Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 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 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 wel- come. 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 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. 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 Divorce- for more information and times. 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 info.

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.