News Briefs

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will hold budget hearings for the 2016-2017 fiscal year on Friday, Aug. 12, at noon, and Monday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will present On Golden Pond at the theater Aug. 12-14, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee 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.

WHITETAIL WONDERS/TROPHIES OF GRACE The event will be Friday, Aug. 12, at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. to enable attendees to view displays. The evening will include live music, dinner, door prizes, storytelling, and an inspirational message from Trophies of Grace founder Jim Porter. Phone 625-5681 to reserve a maximum of two complimentary tickets per person. The event is co-sponsored by the Lester Memorial United Methodist Church Men’s Group.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Nominations are being accepted for 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.

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.

OFD BREAST CANCER T-SHIRTS 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.

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.

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.


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.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1964 REUNION will be at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church fellowship hall on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. For more information, phone Bob Moore at 383-7579 or Judy Hays Wood at 283-5342.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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 SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms Training Course is currently being offered, 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.

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.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING is working with None Suffers Lack Ministry accepting donations and supplies to be distributed to senior citizens in the area. Tax deductible monetary donations will be used to provide meals to seniors. Mail checks to M4A, PO Drawer 618, Saginaw, AL 35137. Phone M4A at 866-570-2998 for dropoff locations and more information.

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.