NEWS BRIEFS



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.

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

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING CLASSES for members of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will begin Monday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m., and continue for 6-8 weeks and will be held in the building behind the Resource Center in Cleveland. Yearly dues are $10. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for information or to register for the class.

HAYDEN LION’S CLUB BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. The breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children. Proceeds benefit local Lion’s Club projects.

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.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets every third Thursday at 6 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital in the cafeteria. For more information call Charlie at 681- 3918 or Tammy at 493-0223.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. Those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park through March.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Want to learn to crochet? Classes will be held at 10 a.m. each Tuesday through February. Bring yarn, scissors, and a size G crochet hook. Knitted and crocheted items by Vera Stimson and Beverly Thomason will be on display at the library through February. 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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is offering one-on-one computer classes. Phone 274- 7641 to schedule a time. Library 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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE will have a meeting open to all TREASURE Forest members and interested parties on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 9 a.m., in the conference room of the Oneonta USDA Service Center at 55545 US 231. Phone Merry Gaines at 274-2363 with questions.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP The first monthly meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. until noon, at Palmerdale Cross Baptist Church. A representative from the Parkinson’s Association will be on hand to answer questions. Contact Carolyn Hartley at 681-2213 or dhartley@bellsouth.net, Laura Lieb at 934- 9100, or the church at 681-8292 or info@palmerdalecross.org for more information.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual alumni meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., in the PHS auditorium. Blount County Board of Education superintendent Rodney Green will be guest speaker.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

REMLAP COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS is forming to meet needs in the community and help residents. Bring a brown bag lunch to the first Wednesday, 11 a.m. meetings, or bring your own coffee to the second Saturday meetings at 9 a.m. All meetings are held at Remlap Methodist Church on Remlap Drive.

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.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING is working with None Suffers Lack Ministry accepting donations and supplies to be distributed to senior citizens in the area. Tax deductible monetary donations will be used to provide meals to seniors. Mail checks to M4A, PO Drawer 618, Saginaw, AL 35137. Phone M4A at 866-570-2998 for drop-off locations and more information.

RAPE RESPONSE AND SANE FACILITY is now open to serve the public. 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.

HOME, GARDEN, AND FARM SHOW will be March 12-13 at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Booth size is 10’ x 10’ and costs $75. Phone 274-8839 or 478-9739, or visit www.bcoabc.com for registration forms and more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2017 Bi-Centennial edition of the Blount County Heritage book.

Artwork or photographs of Swann Bridge are being accepted for consideration for the 2017 Blount County Historical Society Christmas Ornament. Drop off entries at the museum or mail to P.O. Box 45, Oneonta, AL 35121.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., at the museum, Alabama folklorist Joyce Cauthen will introduce a new project and begin training interviewers to collect and preserve local stories to archive and use for celebrations of all kinds. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information on any activities or items for sale.