News Briefs

ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Come see college and corporate characters, classic cars, beautiful floats, hoof units, emergency and military vehicles, and special entries you have to see to believe. Grand marshals including the Crimson Tide’s Thomas Rayam and Santa. For more info or to be in the parade please call 589- 2311.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Panterettes will perform in the amphitheater, followed by the arrival of Santa at 6 p.m. Bring cameras to take photos in the decorated pavilion. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

ADA COMPLIANCE MEETING will be held Dec. 5, at 10 a.m., at the Depot at Oneonta Recreation Park. For more information, phone Laurel Land at 264- 8473, or email

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Businesses, organizations, and churches 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

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, and 16, 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.

LOCUST FORK CLASS OF 1959 will have a reunion on Satuday, Dec. 3, at 11:15 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. For more information, phone Jimmy at 493-2270, or Charlotte at 482-5759.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will have the annual Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. , at 106 First Ave. West, Oneonta. Delicious homemade sandwiches, soups, and desserts will be served. The center is a child advocacy center serving abused children and their caregivers throughout Blount County.

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.

The Rose Garden Club of Oneonta has the Children’s Christmas tree in the front window. New, unwrapped toys may be brought and donated to the group. All toys will be given to the Blount County DHR to benefit Blount County children.

There is a display of Christmas plates, ornaments, and toys of the past.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK The public is invited to drive through the park to view the displays created by area businesses, churches, civic groups, individuals, and park staff. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. View the lights between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. every night except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Santa will be at the cottage for photos on Dec. 2, 3, 10, 11, 16, and 17.

AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB MITTEN TREE is up and ready to accept gifts at the Oneonta Public Library. Needed are mittens, gloves, caps, warm clothing, children’s books, coloring books and crayons, and small toys. The gifts will be distributed to the Blount County Children’s Center and the Hope House on or before Dec. 21.

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.

AMERICAN PICKERS television show will be filming in Alabama and hosts are looking for unique antique collections and interesting stories. Have a one-of-akind collection or item? Phone 1-855- 653-7878 or email Private collections only – no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, or businesses open to the public.

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.

HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE needs gently used furniture, appliances, apparel, and household items. Please donate clean items in working condition to allow the organization to provide items to needy residents at low cost. Donations are tax deductible and will be accepted 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Address is 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Oneonta, phone 625-4673.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Re-source 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info for more information.

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