News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL BAKE SALE will be Friday, May 12, at the Oneonta Public Library, from 9 a.m. until noon. Purchase homemade desserts and treats while supporting council projects such as summer reading programs, training volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, and more.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays 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.

USPS STAMP OUT HUNGER The National Association of Letter Carriers’ 25th annual event will be Saturday, May 13. The NALC asks that customers leave non-perishable food items hanging in a bag from or in their mailboxes for the nation’s largest one-day food collection event. For more information, phone your local post office.

SWANN BRIDGE SECOND SATURDAY CLEANUP will be May 13, from 9 a.m. until noon. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes, and FLFR will supply other necessities. Meet at the bridge at 9 a.m. For more information, visit or phone Cleve at 965-8394.

REID FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, May 13, at Center Springs Baptist Church, beginning at noon. The event will be in loving memory of Bobby R. Reid Sr.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FISH FRY will be Saturday, May 20, 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 from Swamp John’s includes fish, shrimp, or chicken with all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1962 will have the 55-year reunion on Saturday, May 20, at Charlie B’s restaurant, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Phone 559-2766 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM will be held Saturday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m., in front of the courthouse. Retired Col. Jim E. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps will be the guest speaker. In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Frank Green Building auditorium. The public is invited.

TOWN OF DOUGLAS YARD SALE will be Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Hambrick Drive and on Ala 75 in front of Douglas schools. Phone Rose Ashbaugh at 256- 558-0656 or Tony Simmons at 256-593- 6825 for more information.

LOCUST FORK MASONIC LODGE 481 will have a pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Proceeds from the $5-per-plate breakfast will benefit lodge projects. The lodge is located at 6641 Spunky Hollow Road. Phone Jerry Russell at 706-7629 for more information.

BEASON/BEESON REUNION Descendants of Capt. Edward Beeson will gather on Saturday, June 10, at Union Methodist Church in Steele, at 11 a.m. Bring a lawn chair and a covered dish and memories to share. The church address is 420 Beason Cove Road, Steele.

KID’S DAY ON THE RIVER will be Saturday, June 17, and will include hands-on activities, instruction on paddling a canoe, wild creatures, lunch, and much more. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River. Complete details will be provided to those who register at

LADY LAKERS OF HIGHLAND LAKE are taking orders for whole Boston butts to be picked up Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Anchor, or on Friday, May 26, with advance notice. The butts are $30 and should be pre-ordered by phoning Cheryl at 274-8509 or 515- 0432.

BLOUNT COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK COMMITTEE will have a yard sale on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, from 7 a.m. until ? The group is asking for donations and items can be taken to the Blount County Memorial Museum, or a committee member can pick up items. All proceeds benefit the Veterans Park project. Phone 625-6905 to arrange for item pick up or for more information.

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 or visit

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Will show the movie Fried Green Tomatoes tomorrow, May 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Part two of the program ‘Spice it Up!’ will be held Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m.

The library is conducting a change drive to collect funds for J.B. Pennington’s library. The program is ‘Pennies for Pennington’ and the library encourages local businesses to participate also. Visit the library to donate or for promotional materials. 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 for more information on library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Local author Judi McGuire will be at the museum for a signing of her book, Murder in Blount County today from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The museum is searching for photographs of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church before it was bricked. Phone the museum or Larry Singleton at 681-1005 with information.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth registration for the 16th Annual June Fling is underway for the event on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better with commercial booth rentals starting at $50 and 10’x10’ booths free for non-profit organizations.

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PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets at 6:30 p.m., on the last Thursday of each month at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography and any skill level are invited. Phone 559-2203 or 274-8608 for more information.

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 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.

SUSAN MOORE PARK AND RECREATION BOARD is accepting bids for the spring and summer mowing and upkeep of the park. Proposals must include contact, licensing, and insurance information. Proposal packets are available at town hall for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Phone 466- 7400 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB Social and political commentator John Archibald will speak tomorrow at the Frank Green Building auditorium at 6:30 p.m. His column appears on and tri-weekly in The Birmingham News and other state papers. He has frequent commentary on Alabama Public Radio and at times on national and even international television broadcasts. He will speak on the importance of a free press in a democratic society. The public is invited.