News Briefs

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

BIRDS OF BLOUNT COUNTY The Blount County Extension office is offering a Lunch and Learn program on the birds of Blount County on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at the Frank Green Building Auditorium. Jerry Jones will speak about songbirds. Bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided. Phone 274-2129 for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY A vintage hat collection is on display during the month of July, courtesy of Amy Naylor. 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY REVENUE COMMISSIONER Gregg Armstrong has announced that the Hayden Courthouse Annex will be closed today (Wednesday, July 27) for in-house repairs. All transactions today will need to be made at the Blount County Courthouse in Oneonta or online. The Annex will reopen Thursday.

ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS announces the following important dates: 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.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL will hold new student registration tomorrow, July 28, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. To register, the parent must bring the student along with proof of residency, birth certificate, Social Security card, certificate of immunization, withdrawal paperwork from previous school, and legal custody paperwork if applicable. Phone 274- 9915 with questions.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB will meet tomorrow, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Fire Hall. Anyone with an interest in photography, regardless of skill level, is invited. Phone 274-8608 or 559-2203 for more information.

REMLAP COMMUNITY CENTER will host ‘Run-Hide-Fight,’ a self-defense class, tomorrow, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. Phone Diana Morgan at 681-7777 for more information.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

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.

MASTER GARDENER The Blount County Extension office is taking applications for the Fall master gardener class to be held every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. from Sept. 1 through Nov. 17 at the Hayden Community Center. Topics will include: botany, vegetable gardening, plant propagation, disease and insect identification, landscape plants, and more. The price for the class is $125. Applications may be downloaded from the Extension website at (search Master Gardener application), pick one up at 415 5th Ave. E., #A, Oneonta, or call 274-2129 to have one mailed to you.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY will begin a new session on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Oneonta, 300 3rd Avenue East. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283-3357, email, or visit for more information.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleveland, AL 35049.

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.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY ANIMAL 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.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976 will have a reunion Saturday, July 30, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Snead United Methodist Church. Phone 625-8309 to make a reservation.

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.

SANDLIN FAMILY REUNION The 82nd consecutive reunion will be Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Cold Springs Community Center, from 10 a.m. until the last cousins leave. Bring a covered dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone Patsy Lee Sandlin Medlock at 995- 7988, or email with questions.

LEWISBURG/FULTONDALE JUNIOR HIGH REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Fultondale Elementary School lunchroom. Attendees, relatives, and friends from 1893 – 1969 classes are welcome. Phone Melissa Linton Stephens at 631-7042 with questions.

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.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, 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.

CRISIS CENTER 5K AND FUN RUN The Crisis Center Junior Board is sponsoring the second annual Just A Call Away 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 8 a.m., in Birmingham’s entertainment district. Register at or phone 323-7782 for more information. Entry fee for the 5K is $30 until July 31, then $35 until race day and the one-mile fun run is $15 through July 13, and $20 until race day. Strollers and pets are welcome.