News Briefs



BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB Oneonta native Cindy Lowry will speak tomorrow, 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.

CITY OF ONEONTA has a public hearing scheduled Tuesday, March 28, at 5:15 p.m. at Oneonta City Hall. Topic will be considering vacating an alley between B Street and Jefferson Avenue and Adams Avenue.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets 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.

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.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry on Saturday, March 11, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the fire hall located at the intersection of Ala 79 and U.S. 278. The $11 plate includes fish, shrimp, or chicken with all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL of Blount County will host the Missoula Children’s Theatre camp for children entering first grade through seniors. This year’s show will be The Tortoise Versus the Hare. Auditions and role assignments will be Monday, June 12, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Oneonta High School auditorium. Camp will run that week with the performance on Saturday, June 17. For more information, email rbrewer3172@gmail.com or visit blountcountyarts.com.

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

Bring children dressed in Easter finery for photos on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. until 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC 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 Current displays and subject matter include the L&N Railroad, Hobnail glassware, vintage sewing, powder/music boxes, and vintage toys.

The museum has books dating back to the early 1800s for sale. Hardback books are $2 and paperback books are $1.

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

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays 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 and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions.

AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS are needed as transportation specialists to deliver lifesaving blood to hospitals. Learn more at www.redcross.org/ volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/ deliver-blood.

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.

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.

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.

‘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 SPAY/NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM will sponsor low-cost spay and neuter for pets of Blount County residents during April. B-SNAP will pay $30 toward the cost of a female spay and $20 toward the cost of a male neuter. The program is dedicated to the memory of Eugene Jackson, a longtime supporter of the Blount County Animal Shelter. Phone 647-8340 to make an appointment.

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.

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.

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.