NEWS Briefs

REMLAP NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will meet tomorrow, 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 tomorrow, April 14, at 9 a.m., at the Blount County EMA office in the Blount County Courthouse.

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.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC AND DRAMA DEPARTMENT will present Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ on Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and benefit the department. Phone 625-3901 or email for more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Dr. Jack Bradford will speak on the topic of AARP updates.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE will conduct a Home Grown Tomato Workshop tomorrow, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, April 22, May 13 and 27, and June 10 and 24, 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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet Saturday, April 23, in the conference room at the Oneonta Public Library, at 9:30 a.m. David Putman, candidate for the 6th Congressional seat, will be the guest speaker. The public is invited.

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.

CLEVELAND ROCKS THE RIVER The music festival to benefit the Friends of the Locust Fork River will be Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., at Cleveland Park. The Blackwood Crossing Band will play classic rock and Mountain Melodies, an Appalachian dulcimer group, will perform. The family-friendly event features facepainting, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and a booth with information for those interested in boating on the Locust Fork River. The public is invited.

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. Pre-registration fees are $25 for 5K and $10 for the one-mile fun run. Register online at or phone 256-737-2298.

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 for registration information. 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.

ALTOONA HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Phone Altoona City Hall at 589-2311 with questions.

ANNUAL MORTON REUNION will be Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Snead Baptist Church fellowship hall. The date coincides with decoration at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at McClarty. Bring a dish and photos to share. For more information, email

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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Gaither Pottery will conduct another pottery making class on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9 a.m. He will bring the pottery created in the first class. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429- 2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

APPALACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL COLOR RUN The 5K Color Run will be Saturday, May 7, with registration beginning at 8 a.m., and the race at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for K-12 students and $30 for adults. Registration forms can be picked up at the school or visit the AHS Booster Club Facebook page. Phone Jason Fuller at 353- 7115 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY LITERARY COUNCIL is sponsoring the Family Fun Walk,‘Making Strides for Literacy,’ 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.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING or M4A, has designated May as Older Americans Month. There will be a free program and lunch for seniors age 60 and older on Thursday, May 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church in Snead. There will be door prizes awarded and free health screenings.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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 semi-finalist 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.

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.