NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, March 7, at 1 p.m., in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta.

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

LITTLE MISS BEAUTY QUEEN pageant will be held Saturday, March 5, at 4 p.m., at Victory Christian Fellowship and School. Categories are for ages 3-6 and 7- 10, with the Miss Victory Christian pageant to follow for ages 12 and up. Entry fee is $25 and proceeds benefit the school. Deadline to enter is Feb. 22. Phone 237-5242 for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK On Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. until noon, there will be a class on peep hole sugar Easter eggs. Phone 429-2468 for reservations and items to bring. Easter photos reflecting the true meaning of the holiday will be made at the small chapel at the park on Saturday, March 5.

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.

MEETINGS

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.

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.

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.

EVENTS

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.

THIS AND THAT

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 The Daffodil Festival will be Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the park. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

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 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 New library policy effective April 1: patrons must present a library card to check out materials. Lost library cards will be replaced for free during the month of March. Beginning April 1, replacement cards will cost $3.

Interested in one-on-one computer instruction? 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.

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.

Books available at the museum for research and viewing: People and Things from the Blount County, Alabama Southern Democrat 1934-1938, by Robin Sterling; Bangor, Days Gone By, by Ryan Cole; and the Murphree and Tidwell family Bibles from 1863.

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.

SERVICES

BLOUNTSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT will sponsor a women’s self defense class ‘Refuse to be a victim’ held at Blountsville Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The first class will be Thursday, March 10. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

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.

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.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Friday 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 reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY continues to meet on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at 300 3rd Avenue East, Oneonta. 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 at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256-390-4633, e-mail divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.

B-SNAP SPRING SPAY/NEUTER DAYS will be held during March as a memorial tribute to Eugene Jackson, a longtime supporter of the Blount County Animal Shelter. Fees are $25 for males and $35 for female dogs or cats. Space is limited. Blount County residents only phone 647-8340 to schedule an appointment.

BEGINNING BEEKEEPING CLASSES for members of the Blount County Beekeepers Association have begun and will 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.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559- 7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleveland, AL 35049.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.