News Briefs

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.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE along with the Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center and the SBA will offer one-on-one 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.

ONEONTA CITY COUNCIL will hold a work session immediately following the regular council meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. The council will meet with representatives of Oneonta City Schools at the work session.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Bring the family to the 5th Saturday Classic Cruise-In car show Saturday, July 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., along First Avenue in Oneonta. There will be more than 50 cars on display, oldies music, and the Monster Truck by Vargas Jumparoos. Purchase a $3 armband and a kid can bounce during the event. Some downtown merchants will stay open late. Visit for more information.

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.

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.

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 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 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

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 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.

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

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.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1957 will have a reunion Saturday, Aug. 6, at Grace Baptist Church, beginning at 11 a.m. Bring a covered dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone 446-7100 for more information.

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.

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 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.