NEWS BRIEFS



RAPE RESPONSE AND SANE FACILITY will have an open house to introduce the new facility to the public tomorrow, Jan. 28, from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta. The open house will allow the community to tour the newly rennovated space and learn more about the services offered by the Crisis Center. The doors will officially open Monday, Feb. 1, 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.

ROCK SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTER will have a Soup Supper on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The meal is $7 for all you care to eat soup, dessert, and drink. Proceeds benefit the Rock Springs Community Center.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

THE BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth registration has begun for the 15th Annual June Fling in Oneonta, to be held Saturday, June 4. The event will include booths of all kinds, a classic car show, a kids fun zone, entertainment, and the 3rd Annual Singing Showdown solo vocal competition. The Voice’s semi-finalist Shelby Brown will perform and serve as a judge. Audition videos are due April 15. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com, Downtown Antiques 2 Junk, or Treasures on Main Mall for more information and registration forms.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Jane Wright will teach a pineneedle basket-making class on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for reservation information.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Student Government Association will host a LIFESouth Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the school.

HEAD START is taking applications for Pre-K, Pre-school, and Head Start programs until Feb. 18. Phone 466-5212 or 625-6254 to schedule an appointment. The programs and supplies are provided at no cost to families who meet the criteria. Se habla Español.

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP is now accepting applications for winter assistance. Phone 625-6079 for more information and to be put on a waiting list.