News Briefs

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.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs 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 SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Firearms training is currently being offered, teaching safety, handling, and care of a handgun.The free course is open to the public. Individuals must have their own gun and ammo. For more information or to register, contact Lt. Russ Claburn or operations officer Tim Kent at 625-4127, or email

‘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 MEMORIAL MUSEUM Free genealogy classes are 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 info.

BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly luncheon today at noon at World Outreach Center. Judge Chris Green and Blount County Schools Supt. Rodney Green will present the program ‘Moving Blount County Forward.’

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom and include s pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and drink. Tickets are $6 and available at the door or from any Lions Club member. Phone 429-3556 for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a chili supper and cake auction on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Anchor, Highland Lake. The $7 plate includes all-you-can-eat chili and fixings; children 12 and under $5. The cake auction will begin at 5 p.m. followed by awarding of door prizes.

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 no entry fee for the cook-off and prizes will be awarded. Phone Jennifer or April at 680-6915 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY SANTA LIST will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building Auditorium. The lists are for needy Blount County children and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. to those who adopt a child’s list during that time. Phone Alicia at 274- 5224 or Laura at 274-5251 for more information.

Anyone who has a 6+ ft. pre-lit tree to donate for the Children’s Santa at DHR is asked to phone 274-5224. BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will have Abundant Life, the annual dinner and gala, on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at Ephesians Farm. Guest speaker is Oneonta native Heather Hanson Payne, ‘Forgiven and Set Free,’ Bible study facilitator. Phone 625-5416 for ticket and sponsor information.

GREEN FAMILY REUNION Relatives of Dave and Janie Phillips Green will have a reunion on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. Phone Pat Hawkins at 274-7507 with questions.

CITY OF ONEONTA will have an organizational meeting on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. The newly-elected municipal officials will take office.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER and the Blount County Memorial Museum are gathering tales about life on the Locust Fork River. The stories will be preserved for current and future generations. Sign up for a River Tales training seminar to be held Friday, Oct. 28, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., at the Oneonta Public Library. Phone the museum at 625-6905 to register.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in need of gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition. This allows the organization to provide items to needy Blount County residents at a low cost. All donations are tax deductible. Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. The address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

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.

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.

SNEAD WATER DEPARTMENT CUSTOMERS The town will be changing out water meters during the next several months Monday through Friday and on weekends, weather permitting. Questions? Phone 466-3200.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Any group, business, church, or family may register through Nov. 14 to decorate a spot at the park. Decorating will begin in November. There is no cost to register and prizes will be awarded. Questions? Phone the park at 274-0017.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK The large pavilion is now complete and ready for reunions, picnics, weddings, receptions, and other events. Phone 429-2468 for event reservation information.