NEWS BRIEFS



MEETINGS CITY OF ONEONTA COUNCIL MEETING The regular Oneonta City Council meeting has been rescheduled and will now be Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m.

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a work session Friday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. in professional development room #202 to preview board meeting information.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS will hold a CDL recertification class on Tuesday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 625- 3801 for information.

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will meet Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. Speaker will be state Rep. David Standridge.

EVENTS FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER will host the 13th Annual Day on the River on Saturday, June 15, from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Register by June 11 by email at dayontheriver@gmail.com, www.flfr.org, or phone Susan at 429-3240.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE will be presented by the Community Arts Council of Blount County on June 24-29, at Oneonta High School. Registration will begin Monday, June 24, at 11:30 a.m. Students entering grades 1-12 are eligible to participate and the group will present Snow White on Saturday evening. The fee is $65 per student, and 60 participants are needed. Phone 237-2848 for more information.

BOOK SIGNING The Blount County Museum will have a reception for local author CJR Hartley, who will be available to sign her book, You Have the Power of Prayer, on Friday, June 14, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The museum will have books for sale and refreshments will be served.

LITTLE MISS MARSHALL COUNTY PAGEANT will be Sunday, June 23, in Guntersville for ages 0-12. All participants and winners will receive a crown. Registration forms available at www.missmarshallcounty.com or at Up, Up & Away in Arab. Phone 256-586-1357 for more information. Girls do not have to live in Marshall County to compete.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS The Blount County Community Action Agency will offer a self defense class taught by Peggy Harris of Alliance Taekwondo Martial Arts. The class will be Friday, June 21, with a follow-up class on Friday, July 12, both days from 10 a.m. until noon. Phone 625-6079 to register for the class.

WHOLE BACKSTAGE THEATRE AUDITIONS for the production “Mister Roberts” will be Thursday, June 13, at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Oneonta native Tim Moore will direct the show to be performed this fall. One woman and 19 men are needed. Visit www.wholebackstage.com or phone 256-582-7469 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION The extension will present a seminar titled “Home food preservation basics,” tomorrow from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the extension office. The $10 fee covers supplies and participants will prepare and take home a low-sugar strawberry or peach jam. Freezing and canning fruits and vegetables will also be discussed. Phone 274-2129 to register.

BLOUNTSVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY is having a “Calling all Dads” festival tomorrow between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy music, food, childrens activities, and more. Drawings for gift bags and prizes will be held. The event will benefit the town of Blountsville and its efforts to provide resources and assistance to the community. The festival will be held at the housing authority at 134 Solar Drive in Blountsville. Phone 429-2475 or 407-625-2608 for more information.

ESTATE PLANNING EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR A seminar for adult children and parents on estate planning will be Tuesday, June 18, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Frank Green Building

auditorium. Attorney Dr. Robert Tufts will conduct the seminar and discuss the need for estate planning, wills, trusts, probates, and more. To pre-register, phone the Blount County Extension office at 274-2129.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will host an open house Sunday, June 16, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The newest cabin will be dedicated by a descendent of Isham Chamblee. The new park name will be revealed, there will be refreshments, the Mountain Melodies Dulcimer Club will perform, and a wagon team is expected. Society members will be on hand to discuss reconstruction efforts, and the other buildings will be open to the public. The park will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

PINE MOUNTAIN BBQ AND BLUEGRASS The annual event will be Saturday, June 22, at Pine Mountain Community Center. Bluegrass begins at 11 a.m. with eight groups to perform through 8 p.m. Musical entertainment is free, and plates and sandwiches will be available for purchase. Smoked Boston butts may be pre-ordered through June 12 and are $5 per pound for whole butts with chopped meat at $8 per pound. Contact Charley Head at 681-0341 or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 to order.

PRIDE OF HAYDEN MARCHING BAND will have a yard sale Saturday, June 29, at Hayden Elementary School from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

THIS AND THAT TOWN OF ROSA The town of Rosa’s application to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been approved by FEMA. Residents will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Regular Phase of the program. Phone Rosa town clerk Julia K. Whisenant at 353-2630 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The Blount County Heritage books are for sale at the museum for $50 each. The Blount County Historical Society is sponsoring a 2014 Photo Calendar contest. Visit www.blountmuseum.com or go by the museum for contest rules. The museum is searching for a copy of the 1953 Blount County High School yearbook, and the 1947-1997 50th reunion yearbook. Don Hartley is interested in purchasing the books. Contact him at 681-2213 or 910-4767. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Special programs: Teen summer reading will continue every Tuesday night in June. The children’s summer reading program “Dig into reading” will be every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. The teen summer reading “Beneath the Surface” will continue

every Tuesday night in June. The adult summer reading program is “Ground-breaking Reads” and will be held Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., through July 11. Visit the library, www.oneontapubliclibrary.com, phone 274- 7641, or visit the library’s Facebook page to see what exciting programs are on the calendar. Tuesday programs are offered free and most begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

BLOUNT COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD is conducting a fundraising drive to raise money for operating expenses and to purchase a new emergency vehicle. The volunteers ask that each household in Blount County donate $40 so this life saving service may continue. All donations are needed and appreciated. All donors will receive a free 10-x-13 family portrait.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The library is now featuring a display of artwork created by Danny Dorning.

REUNIONS CLEVELAND CLASS OF 1959 will have a class reunion on Saturday, June 15, at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bring a covered dish and memories to share.

SERVICES STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is selling address signs to residents at a discounted price of $10 for a 4-by-16 blue aluminum sign with reflective 3” address numbers. On sale through September, the signs help fire, rescue, and law enforcement easily find homes. Residents may opt to pay $5 for fire and rescue personnel to install the signs, but installation is free for senior citizens. To order signs, phone Adam at 353- 1405, Larry at 274-4321, or John at 274-8509.

FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen that will open in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) on Saturday, June 15, and offer a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a non-profit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information.