News Briefs

VETERANS DINNER Blount County Girl Scout Troop 1281 will host the dinner, open to veterans and family members, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Door prizes will be given away and football games will be shown during the event. RSVP via text to Mandy at 753- 0685 or email to Jeanette at

LOCUST FORK LODGE 481 will sponsor a turkey shoot on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 9 a.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 10 a.m., on Ala 79 across from Donnie Hicks’ store. Factory chokes only. Phone 493-2270 for more information.

LAKESIDE CHRISTMAS AT HIGHLAND LAKE will be Sunday, Nov. 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Anchor. The free family event includes photos with Santa (bring your own camera), live nativity scene, and light refreshments. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Blount County Children’s Center. Phone 625- 6407 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION will host a program titled ‘GMO, Genetically Engineered, Bio Technology – What Does it All Mean,’ on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7, Hayden, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Phone the extension office at 274-2129 or phone Bethany O’Rear at 612-9524 to register.

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 Photos with Santa in an old-fashioned setting will be held Sunday, Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The large pavilion is now complete and ready for reunions, picnics, weddings, receptions, and other events. Phone 429-2468 for event reservation information.

ONEONTA PARK AND REC BASKETBALL registration for 13 – 18 year-olds is being held Monday through Thursday, from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration fee is $25. Phone 625-3805 or 625-3534 for more information.

OHS CLASS OF 1964 is planning a special Christmas Memorial in memory of deceased classmates. Contact information for the following class members is needed: Gene Arthur Mason, Mary Elayna Palmore, Joseph Michael Ragsdale, Kellie Wayne Rutherford, and Dorothy Marie Fountain. Phone Gary Conn at 615-478-2636 or email to provide contact 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.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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. For information on all exciting OBA events, email, or visit

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP The 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.

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 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 City Board of Education at 625-4106, or 800-543-3098 for more info.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM has available for purchase the 2016 collection series Swann Covered Bridge Christmas ornament by local artist Helen Brown. Magnets and coffee mugs are also available for purchase.

Free genealogy classes will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more 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.

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.

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.

ALLGOOD TOWN HALL Town hall hours are now Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m until 1 p.m.

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 individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offer medical exams, counseling, and advocacy. 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 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 has begun a new session 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 and times.

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.

VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON will be Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Oneonta fellowship hall. Guest speaker will be retired Col. Rick Sims, U.S. Army. This is a free event for all veterans; seating is limited to 175. Phone 625-3191 for reservations, or pick up tickets at the church office, 300 Third Ave. E.