NEWS BRIEFS



TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNT COUNTY SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION will be held during the month of April at all county schools. Bring a valid birth certificate, record of immunization (blue slip), proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms. Forms are available at each school office or at www.blountboe.net. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2016.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be at Heritage Golf Club on Saturday, April 9. The cost is $240 for a four-man team and includes green fee, cart, and dinner. The tournament will be a four-man scramble format. Individual, team, and door prizes will be awarded. Phone Jason Hallmark at 256-339-9158 with questions and to register. Proceeds will benefit local Lions Club projects.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER is selling tickets for its annual prize drawing. Purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win a Big Green Egg, a two-night stay at Ross Bridge Resort, a 40-inch smart 4K TV, a golf outing at Greystone Country Club, an ORCA cooler, or other valuable prizes. Winners will be chosen at the Blue Ribbon Dinner on Tuesday, April 19. Phone the center at 274-7226 to purchase drawing tickets or dinner tickets. All proceeds benefit the children’s center.

MISS CENTRAL ALABAMA PAGEANT will be Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m., at J.B. Pennington High School auditorium. Ages are birth to 18 years and there will be a special needs princesses division. Proceeds benefit the Senior High Life Skills Class at the Blount County Learning Center. Email MissCentralAlabama @gmail.com or visit the Facebook page for registration details and applications.

REMLAP NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will meet Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m., at Remlap Methodist Church. Residents are invited to take part and become involved to help secure the community from break-ins and theft of property.

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.

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.

ALABAMA FARM & POULTRY EXPO will be Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at the VFW Fairgrounds on Ala 431 in Boaz. The expo will feature farm and poultry equipment exhibits, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and a children’s play area. For more information, phone the Boaz Chamber of Commerce at 256-593- 8154 or visit www.boazchamberofcommerce.com.

Nashville duo The Springs will perform on Saturday, April 9, from noon until 2 p.m., at the center stage at the old outlet center on Ala 168 during the expo.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Friday, April 8, and Friday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

DECORATORS’ SHOWHOUSE to benefit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will be April 9-24, featuring the McTyeire home in Birmingham. For detailed information, phone 518-6117 or visit ShowHouse-AL.com or www.sycalabama.com.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, April 23, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. The $5 plate includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and drink. All proceeds benefit the department.

MISS BLOUNT COUNTY PAGEANT will be Sunday, April 24, at Oneonta High School. Girls ages one month through high school seniors are invited. The event is sponsored by the OHS music and drama department. Email coveredbridgeprel@yahoo.com for registration information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

WHITEWATER RAFT TRIP will be Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The six-person raft will travel an easy trip, lunch on the rocks of Double Trouble, then raft them. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. The cost is $35 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Locust Fork River. Seats are limited, so phone Stephen at 919-6231 or email friends@flfr.org to reserve or for more information.

FLFR and the Sierra Club will paddle an easy canoe section of the Locust Fork River on Saturday, April 23, meeting at 9 a.m., at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. Some boats and equipment available to those with experience. Phone Vicky Wilson at 960- 4524 to register for the trip, and phone Sam Howell to reserve equipment at 706-4376.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 7th Annual Dawg Daze will be Saturday, April 16, at Klassy K-9 and Sassy Kat on Railroad Ave. Rain date is April 23. All proceeds will benefit area animal shelters.

Booth registration continues 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 semifinalist Shelby Brown will perform and serve as a judge. Audition videos are due April 15. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com for information on these and other exciting OBA events.

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.

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.

BLOUNT SPRINGS CHAPEL FOUNDATION will present The Quilt Show on Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the sanctuary of the Chapel at Blount Springs. Refreshments will be provided and baked goods offered for sale. All proceeds benefit the Chapel Foundation. Phone Peggy Anders at 647-1667, Carmen Fountain at 256-572-1262, or Elizabeth Hunt at 641-3869 for more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. will begin ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ active shooter training classes for businesses and organizations in mid-April.

Firearms Training Course will be offered this summer teaching gun safety, handling, and care of a handgun.The free course is open to the public, but individuals must have their own handgun and ammunition.

For more information or to register for either class, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email rclaburn422@yahoo.com.

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. Learn self-defense techniques and bolster confidence with the free classes.

WALKER REUNION will be Saturday, April 2, at 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Phone Anita Cornelius at 274-8109 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.

Dr. Bonnie Carol Reid has donated for display two scrapbooks from the county extension Homemakers Council.

Photos of Birmingham during the late 1800s and early 1900s are on display courtesy of Stanley Moss.

There is a display of clocks dated from the early 1900s. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information on any activities or items for sale.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County, HomeTown Bank, and Hillview Farms Bed and Breakfast, will sponsor a week-long Missoula Children’s Theatre camp beginning with auditions on Monday, June 13, at 8 a.m. Rehearsals will be all week with ‘The Frog Prince’ performed Saturday, June 18, at 6 p.m. . There are a limited number of roles available. Visit www.blountcountyarts.com or e-mail rbrewer3172@gmail.com for registration 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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER will have a rabies clinic sponsored by The Animal Hospital, P.C., at the shelter on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost of the shot is $12 and all proceeds benefit the shelter. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 625-6026.

COLLEGE COUNTS SCHOLARSHIPS are available to qualified students. Award amounts are $4,000 for four-year enrollees, and $2,000 for two-year enrollees. Students must be high school seniors or first-time college freshmen with a minimum GPA of 2.75, an ACT score of 26 or below, and demonstrate financial need. Visit CollegeCountsAlabama.com for more information. Deadline to apply is April 22.

BLOUNT COUNTY CAREER EXPO The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 4th Annual Blount County Career Expo. Tenth grade students from all county and city schools will attend the expo, scheduled for April 26. Businesses from throughout the county are invited to participate and share information with students during the day-long event. For registration information, contact chamber executive director Aimee Wilson at 274- 2153 or Karen Standridge at Hayden High School.

USDA MICROLOAN PROGRAM is tailored specifically to borrowers who have small or medium-sized farm needs. The loan offers a simplified application proccess and eligibility requirements have been modified. The microloan can cover farm expenses such as land purchases, construction, upgrading farm structures, and implementing soil and water conservation practices. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov /microloans or offices.usda.gov to find a local office.