News Briefs

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL will have the 2017 Miss Felidae Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Reserved seat tickets are on sale for $6 and may be purchased at the school office. There will be a limited number of tickets available the day of the pageant.

The boys basketball team will host a Miss Felidae steak dinner in the lunchroom that day from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The $20 ticket includes a 10 oz. ribeye steak, baked potato, and all the fixings. Tickets are available at the school office. Phone the school at 429- 4101 to order tickets for either or both events.

CITY OF ONEONTA The regular council meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. A public hearing will be held at 5:15 p.m. prior to the meeting to discuss amending the business license ordinance to include taxi/vehicle for hire and fees and consider an amendment to the alcohol license for event licenses.

CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER will host a heart disease seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 15, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in the Colonel Cullman room, Professional Office Building 2 at 1912 Ala 152, Cullman. Cost of the program is $5 for Healthy Life members and $8 for others and includes lunch. Phone 256-735-5600 to register.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL will have the top 10 banquet honoring academic achievement on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Academic awards will be given to grades 9-12 and Karron Standridge, Alabama Counselor of the Year, will be the guest speaker. The public is invited.

WALLACE STATE ADULT EDUCATION is now offering a program for those who didn’t complete their high school education. The nontraditional high school diploma is available to those who completed all necessary credits and received a Certificate of Attendance but failed a portion of the exit exam. The diploma (not a GED) is issued after the course has been completed. Phone John Glasscock at 256-352-8077 or 256-352-8078, or visit for more information.

HOMESCHOOLER’S ETIQUETTE CLASS will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and 28, for grades 3-6 at the Blount County Memorial Museum, beginning at 10 a.m. The class will be taught by author Judi McGuire and the cost is $10, which includes three one-hour lectures and her new book, One Anothering: A Biblical Guide for Social Behavior. Deadline to register is Feb. 9.

BLOUNT COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT is accepting applications for a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Alabama Conservation District Employees Association. Applications may be picked up at the office at 55545 US 231, Suite A, Oneonta. Deadline to submit applications is March 3. For more information, phone Polly Morris at 274-2363 ext. 3 or email

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY will be Sunday, March 5, in Birmingham. The Campaign to Change Direction and Give an Hour are two organizations dedicated to changing the culture about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. Visit or to learn more.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE will meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge. BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION has begun a beginner beekeeping class on Mondays 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.

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 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.