News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The monthly luncheon is today at noon, at the World Outreach Center, featuring state board of education interim Superintendent Dr. Philip Cleveland, as guest speaker.

See what chamber membership has to offer at an informational meeting on Thursday, July 7, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the Little Brick Church, 112 2nd Ave. Email by July 1, to RSVP.

FIREWORKS IN THE PARK at Locust Fork Community Park will be Sunday, July 3, beginning at 6 p.m. The event, sponsored by Locust Fork Baptist Church, includes inflatables, entertainment, and food available for purchase. Fireworks will take place between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK ‘Sounds of Freedom’ will be Monday, July 4, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Rep. Randall Shedd will be the guest speaker and the program will end at 1 p.m. with the ringing of the bell 13 times, along with other Liberty Bells throughout the country. The event is held to remind citizens why we celebrate Independence Day. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION will sell barbecue or chicken plates with all the fixings for $8 each at the hall on Monday, July 4, beginning at 11 a.m.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS announces the following important dates: Monday, July 18, out-of-district fee deadline (Fees should be paid in the Central Office any time by this date.); Tuesday, July 19, new student registration and out-of-district student registration from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.; Tuesday, July 26, schedule pickup for grades 6-12 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (6th graders must provide two proofs of residence – deed, lease, utility bill – in order to pick up schedule, excluding out-of-district students.); Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, schedule change from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 6-12, and 6th grade Chromebook orientation from 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 2, open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 6th grade Chromebook orientation from 2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., K5 orientation from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., OMS orientation from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., 9th grade orientation from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (all orientations in the auditorium); Thursday, Aug. 4, first day of school.

BLOUNT COUNTY RSVP The Blount County Retired Senior Volunteer Program offices have moved to the Family Services Center (the old Blount Memorial Hospital), address 1000 Lincoln Ave. East, Room 102, phone 625- 4901.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Blount County kids and teens can eat free this summer at the elementary school cafeteria Monday through Friday, until July 22. Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Kids and teens under age 18 eat free, adult meal cost is $2 for breakfast, $4 for lunch. The program is sponsored by the Alabama State Dept. of Education and the USDA.

BLOUNT COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is being 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

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.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Thursday 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.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB will meet tomorrow, June 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Fire Hall. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. Phone 274-8608 or 559- 2203 for more information.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and 26, and Sept. 9 and 23, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and classes are free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

THE BLOUNT COUNTY ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE along with the Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center and the SBA will offer one-onone counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, July 12, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at the chamber office. Phone 274-2153 to make the necessary appointment.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County chapter meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 274-7780 or 274-0596.

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.

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.

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 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 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.