News Briefs

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Pantherettes 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

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will have a beginner beekeeping class beginning Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Resource Center in Cleveland. The classes will run for 6-8 weeks. The group 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 Winners of the Holiday Decorating Contest will be announced Saturday, Dec. 10 in front of Miller’s Soda Shoppe. First place wins $500; second place $250; third place $100, and people’s choice $100. For information on all exciting OBA events, email, or visit

AMERICAN PICKERS television show will be filming in Alabama and hosts are looking for unique antique collections and interesting stories. Have a one-of-a-kind 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 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will offer a class on making live table or mailbox decorations on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. Bring your own greenery. Photos with Santa in an old-fashioned setting will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Open house, live Nativity, refreshments, and a brief church service will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 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.

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.

CAPP’S COVE will have Christmas open house on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. There will be a live Nativity, hymn singing in the chapel, Sacred Harp singers, refreshments, and more. Located on County Road 27, Oneonta.

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.