News Briefs



BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. How ‘History can be entertaining,’ will be the topic of discussion led by guest speaker Stanley Moss. Phone Margaret Hudson at 353-1221 for more information.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY FREE EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays Feb. 24, March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21, and May 12 and 26, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual meeting Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m., in the PHS auditorium.

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 polly.morris@blountswcd.net.

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 changedirection.org or giveanhour.org to learn more.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB Oneonta native Cindy Lowry will speak to the club on Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. The subject is the environment and the need to protect it. Lowry serves as executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and was named by Al.com as one of its 30 Women Who Shape the State for 2016.

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM Kim Cross, author of the book What Stands in a Storm, a recounting of events during the 2011 tornadoes, will speak on Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m., at The Little Brick Church in Oneonta. The book includes social media exchanges among victims timed to actual television broadcasts. A reception will be hosted by the Blount County Museum beforehand and books will be available for purchase.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Bring children dressed in Easter finery for photos on Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The annual Daffodil Festival will be Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring music, vendors, food, and historic activities.

The large pavilion is now complete and ready for reunions, picnics, weddings, receptions, and other events. Phone 429-2468 for event reservation information.

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 www.aplaceatthetableoneonta.com to learn more. No charge.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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 In celebration of Black History Month, the museum features displays of prominent African Americans of Blount County and items from a collection belonging to Stanley Moss.

Other displays and subject matter includes the L&N Railroad, Hobnail glassware, vintage sewing, powder/music boxes, and vintage toys.

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

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.

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.

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 Divorce Care.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.

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.

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.

COLLEGE COUNTS SCHOLARSHIPS College Counts, Alabama’s 529 college savings program, will be awarding up to $1,067,000 in scholarships to select recipients attending higher education institutions in Alabama. March 1 is the online application deadline. Visit CollegeCountsAlabama.com for requirements and application.

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

WALLACE STATE ADULT EDUCATION The school 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 the 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 www.wallacestate.edu for more information.