NEWS Briefs

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.

ONEONTA FIRE DEPARTMENT will conduct fire hydrant testing during the month of April. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., firefighters will be flowing water from hydrants throughout the city limits. This could produce a slight discoloration in the water but does not affect the safety or taste of the water. Phone the department at 274-2752 with questions.

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will hold kindergarten registration tomorrow, April 7, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the school. Phone 466-3411 with questions.

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 Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2016.

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

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.

GADSDEN PARKS AND REC will host walking tours of the Black Creek Trail system at Noccalula Falls, with the first tour scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 9 a.m. Tour dates will run the second and fourth Saturdays in April, May, and June. The tours cover about 2.5 miles of walking and take approximately one-and-a half hours. All tours begin at 9 a.m. and bottled water is provided. Phone 256-543-7412 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- or

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY WIND BAND SPRING CONCERT will be Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m., in the Bevill Center Auditorium and is free to the public.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE will conduct a Home Grown Tomato Workshop on Thursday, April 14, at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7. The workshop will be from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. Topics will include varieties, planting, and insect and disease management. Phone the extension office with questions at 274-2129.

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 for information on these and other exciting OBA events.

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.

SNEAD STATE THEATER DEPARTMENT will present Noel Coward’s comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ on April 21-23, at 7 p.m., and April 24, at 2:30 p.m., at the Bevill Center Auditorium. General admission is $5.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will have the annual Run 4 Life 5K, beginning at the Anchor at Highland Lake on Saturday, April 23, at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and walkers are welcome. Visit for complete race and registration details.

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.

CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER is sponsoring the second annual Spring into Summer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 23, beginning at the parking lot of Professional Office Building 1, 1912 Ala 157. The event will include a Wellness Day with health screenings, exercise and healthy eating tips, and a kid’s area. Preregistration fees are $25 for 5K and $10 for the one-mile fun run. Register online at or phone 256- 737-2298.

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 for registration information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CAREER EXPO The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Fourth 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 daylong event. For registration information, contact chamber executive director Aimee Wilson at 274-2153 or Karen Standridge at Hayden High School.

THE CRISIS CENTER 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.

April is sexual assault awareness month and the center will host ‘Conversations on Consent,’ a public forum with a panel discussion led by community leaders and sexual assault survivors, followed by a question and-answer. The discussion will also explore ways to stop sexual violence in the community. The public is encouraged to attend the event, to be held Friday, April 29, from 630 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the Oneonta City Hall Council Chambers.

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.

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 or visit the Facebook page for registration details and applications.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP Now meets every third Thursday at 1 p.m., at Miller’s Soda Shoppe. For more information, phone Charlie at 681-3918 or Tammy at 493-0223.

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.

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 LEPC The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet Thursday, April 14, at 9 a.m., at the Blount County EMA office in the Blount County Courthouse.

WHITEWATER RAFT TRIP will be Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sixperson 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 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.

APPALACHIAN PTSO BANQUET AND AUCTION The annual fundraising event and live and silent auction will be Saturday, April 16, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., in the AHS gym. Tickets are $25 each and include the buffet meal catered by Whiskers Catfish. Phone 274-9712 for more information.

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 for more information. Deadline to apply is April 22.

MAKING STRIDES FOR LITERACY is sponsoring the Family Fun Walk on Saturday, May 7, at the Blountsville walking track. Pick up registration forms at the Blountsville Public Library, Blountsville City Hall, or the Oneonta Public Library and register before April 22 to get a Walk T-shirt. All families registering will receive free books. There will be a bake sale, arts and crafts, and story time following the walk. Phone 256-615-5614 for more information. All proceeds benefit summer reading programs.

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 or e-mail for registration information.

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

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.

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.

NATIONAL HEARTWORM AWARENESS MONTH During the month of April, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association reminds pet owners to protect their pets against heartworm disease. Pets are susceptibile to heartworms year-round in Alabama, and it only takes one bite from a mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae to infect a pet. Prevention is safe, easy, and effective, but must be prescribed by your vet.