News Briefs

OFD BREAST CANCER T-SHIRTS Today is the last day to pre-order the 2016 City of Oneonta and the Oneonta Fire Department T-shirts. Phone city hall at 274-2150 to order. Short-sleeved shirts are $15 and long-sleeved shirts are $20.

CAHELA CLABURN CLEM REUNION The 11th annual reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. Paper products will be provided.

WILLIAMS FAMILY REUNION The descendants of James D. and Elizabeth Folsom Osborn Williams will have a reunion Sunday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., in the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone Ann Brooks at 473- 5020 with questions.

MOORE REUNION Descendants of Minnette and Susie Moore will have a reunion Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Amilea Porter building at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish, photos, and memories to share. Phone Raymon at 274-9254 or 237-7132 with questions.

OHS CLASS OF 1976 will meet at the OFFER Homecoming tailgate on Friday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. for dinner ($12 tickets) and sit together at the game. Contact Beverly Anderson at or 382-0238 for reservations. Bring drinks, appetizers, or dessert and visit with classmates at the home of Dalton and Jane Ann NeSmith at 8:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND CLASS OF 1961 will have the 55th year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the home of Robert Baty. For more information, phone Carolyn at 274-9648 or Robert at 353-4075.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, Sept. 9 and 23 and Oct. 14 and 28, 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.

DOUGLAS SENIOR CITIZEN YARD SALE AND FLEA MARKET There will be a two-day yard sale inside the center located on Stadium Circle in Douglas on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The center members will sponsor a one-day outdoor flea market on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at 7:30 a.m., in the parking lot directly behind the football stadium. Vendor spaces are available for $20. For more information on the events, phone Jerry Lambert at 256-840-1440.

THE TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $11 plate includes fish, shrimp, or chicken with dessert, drink, and all the fixings. The fire department is located at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Ala 79. Proceeds benefit the department.

MISS BLOUNT COUNTY FAIR PAGEANT will be Sept. 13 and 14, at the Blount County Fair. Five categories range from 0- 18 years old. For information, entry form, and schedule, visit or phone Becca Moore at 625- 9014 or Tara Murphree at 274-8839. Entries are due by Sept. 9.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION RADIOTHON will be Thursday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.. on WCRL radio. Money pledged funds the classroom grant program, the scholars bowl program, the county spelling bee, the youth leadership program, and the high school ambassador program. Last year, the program awarded more than $107,000 for classroom grants to 145 teachers and provided summer learning activities for more than 1,100 students.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE will be Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the Red Cross Bloodmobile on the school campus. There is a critical need for all blood types.

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

THE TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will have the second annual 5K Run at Highland Lake on Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Pre-register by Sept. 19 for $25 which includes a race T-shirt. Day of race registration is $30. Walkers welcome.

The second annual Wag Walk and Dog Costume Contest will be Saturday, Oct. 1, beginnng at 9:30 a.m., immediately following the 5K. Pay the $15 entry fee and enter dogs in Funniest and Most Creative Costume and Best in Show categories. Registration information for both events is available at or phone the town hall at 625-6407.

MISS COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL PAGEANT will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, for girls ages one month through high school. Visit for more information and to register.

CHILI COOK-OFF AND FALL FESTIVAL will be held at The Church at Remlap on Saturday, Oct. 29. Judging and festival activities begin at 4 p.m. There is a $25 entry fee for the cook-off and prizes will be awarded. Phone Jennifer or April at 680-6915 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is seeking volunteer firefighters for the area. Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station #1 at 4201 County Road 29. Training is held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Phone Jeremy at 965-6616 with questions.

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.

ALLGOOD TOWN HALL Town hall hours are now Monday through Fridays, 8:30 a.m until 1:30 p.m.

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 drop-off 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.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS CHILD FIND is an effort to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. Children with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairment, developmental, or other impairments will benefit from the program, which works to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students . Phone the Blount County Board of Education at 625-4102, the Oneonta Board of Education at 625- 4106, or 800-543-3098 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY AND ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS BOARDS OF EDUCATION have scheduled the destruction of certain special education records for Oct. 31, 2016, and Nov. 1, 2016, respectively. Records to be destroyed pertain to special education individualized education programs and eligibilities from Aug. 1, 1980, through Aug. 1, 1990. Residents may request the records pertaining to a child or yourself by sending a signed, written authorization release for the records to: Becky Brothers-McGowan, Blount County Board of Education, 204 2nd Ave. East, P.O. Box 578, Oneonta, AL 35121, phone 625-4102, or email; or Keith Bender, Oneonta City Schools, 27605 State Hwy 75, Oneonta, AL 35121, phone 625-4106.