News Briefs



ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION and WCRL Radio are sponsoring the Sixth Annual super Chili Bowl Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Winners receive cash prizes: first place, $250; second place, $150; third place, $75; people’s choice, $50; best table decor, $50. Entry forms available at Treasures on Main Mall and Klassy K-9 and Sassy Kat. For more information, email chili@oneontabusinessassociation.com or phone 446-0462.

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 sessions 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 dking8669@yahoo.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information and times.

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.

WALLACE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE The holiday break will be though Jan. 2, with the school reopening Jan. 3. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Go by the Oneonta office or visit www.wallace.edu 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.

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 www.ilrgb.org.

‘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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will have the 2017 March For Life on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m., at the gazebo in downtown Oneonta. The group will walk to the Little Brick Church, have prayer, then return to the gazebo and the office at 311 First Avenue East for Open House. Visit www.bcsavalife.com 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-a-kind collection or item? Phone 1-855- 653-7878 or email AmericanPickers@cineflix.com. Private collections only – no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, or businesses open to the public.

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.

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.

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 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 PUBLIC LIBRARY Costume jewelry art by Debbie Graves will be on display throughout the month of December. 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.

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 www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

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

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

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 lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net 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.

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 rclaburn422@yahoo.com.

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.