News Briefs

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Nominations are being accepted for the Edwards/Shaddix Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 13. Nominations are due by Sept. 15. Phone 446-0462, email, or visit to download a nomination form or submit a nomination.

Businesses are invited to register for the Fourth Annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Entries must be decorated with lights and the displays will be judged Dec. 1, by a panel of out-of-county judges. First place wins $500; second place $250; third place $100, and people’s choice $100. Registration is free but required for all participants by the Nov. 30 deadline. Visit the website for information on all exciting OBA events. 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. BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for photos of the Sinclair Gas Station located near Tin Town during the 1950s. Phone the museum with information.

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. 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. COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will present On Golden Pond at the theater Aug. 5-14. Shows run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling 903-4060 or online at It is recommended you arrive 15- 20 minutes prior to showtime.


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.

GARGUS FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 28, at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Bring your favorite covered dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone Sandy at 274-8440 or 601- 8623 or email for more information.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County group 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.

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.

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.

ROYAL COMMUNITY CENTER will have an old time music show featuring Rebel Record recording artist and member of Old Time Music Hall of Fame David Davis and Stan Wilemon. They will perform at the Royal Community Church, 251 Williams Settlement Road, on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

OFD BREAST CANCER TSHIRTS The city of Oneonta and the Oneonta Fire Department are taking pre-orders for the 2016 T-shirts through Sept. 7. Phone city hall at 274- 2150 to order. Short-sleeved shirts are $15 and long-sleeved shirts are $20.

THE BRIDGE ACADEMY is a non-traditional public education virtual/blended program option for Blount County students in grades 9-12 to enable them to earn an accredited Alabama Public High School Diploma through online coursework at no cost to families. The student must have a 2.0 GPA, demonstrate good attendance, and must be highly motivated and self-disciplined. Interested students should speak with their school counselor to see if they qualify. Applications for fall semester will be accepted through Sept. 1. Visit The Bridge Academy Page at for more information.