NEWS Briefs

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE monthly chamber luncheon will be today at noon, at the World Outreach Center. Guest speaker is Jim Searcy, executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

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

JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY will host an alumni and prospective student luncheon at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center on Saturday, April 30. A meal will be served at 11:30. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28, at 256-782- 5404 or 1-877-JSU-ALUM.

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS will have the annual plant sale Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Blount County- Oneonta Agribusiness Center.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The 5th Annual Classic Cruise-In Car Show will be Saturday, April 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., along First Avenue in downtown Oneonta. The event will feature classic vehicles, 50s music, door prizes, and more.

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.

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH Visit to learn more about autism spectrum disorder and what you can do to help raise awareness in your community.

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 semifinalist Shelby Brown will perform and serve as a judge. Visit for information on these and other exciting OBA events.

GADSDEN PARKS AND REC will host walking tours of the Black Creek Trail system at Noccalula Falls. Tour dates will run the second and fourth Saturdays in 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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL 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 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

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 for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Patrons must present a library card to check out materials. Replacement cards 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 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. 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, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS The DAV mobile service office will be at the Frank Green Building on Wednesday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Representatives will answer questions about claims and can assist with the claim filing process. Questions? Phone Lester Hallman at 283-4576 with questions.

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.

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 for more information.

THE CRISIS CENTER 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 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the Oneonta City Hall council chambers.

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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 3, at 1 p.m. A special meeting will be held Wednesday, May 11, at 1 p.m.

BOOK SIGNING The Wren’s Nest Antiques and Marketplace will have a book signing for local author Margretta Smith on Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. She will be signing her children’s book, ‘My Dog Can Talk.’

PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will have a Turkey Shoot and Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 30, with registration beginning at noon and first shot at 1 p.m. Shotguns 12- or 20-gauge only, ammo will be provided. Compound or recurve bows, field point only and no crossbows. Will shoot in groups of 10 for chance to win, $10 per chance. Barbecue plates available for $5 each with proceeds to benefit a local school. The center is located at 4511 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap.

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.

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

BLUE BELL REUNION will be Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Woodmen of the World in Oneonta. Bring a dish and memories to share.

REID FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, May 7, at noon, at Center Springs Baptist Church, two miles south of Locust Fork on Ala 79. Bring a covered dish and memories of Bobby Ray Reid Sr. to share.

FAULKNER FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., at Palisades Park Pavillion #1. Bring a dish and memories to share. Phone 353-2651 with questions.

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 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 Fridays, 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.

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.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART invites residents to the Blount County Memorial Day Service, beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 28, in front of the Blount County Courthouse.

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.