News Briefs

80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION for L.G. “Bud” Jones will be today from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at The Little Brick Church, Oneonta. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry Saturday, June 3, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the station on U.S. 231 south of Arab. $11 plates may be purchased to eat in or to go.

BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION will have a special called meeting on Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m., at the Cleveland Community Center, to discuss the unusual amount of recent fatal accidents and to seek input from the community and first responders on ways to encourage safe driving.

BLOUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE will be closed Monday, June 5, in observance of Jefferson Davis’ birthday. The Blount County Commission adopts the state holiday schedule so that the courthouse hours for both state and county offices are identical.

ONEONTA CHURCH OF CHRIST will have ‘I Can Do All Things Through Christ’ VBS on Monday, June 5, through Thursday, June 8, from 7 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. nightly. Classes for infants through adults. The church is located at 224 20th Street NE, Oneonta.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

OLD TIME MUSIC SHOW will feature banjo sensation Robert Montgomery performing at the Royal Community Worship Center, 251 Williams Settlement Road, on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., at Munoz Mexican Restaurant in Hayden. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

CITY OF ONEONTA PUBLIC HEARINGS The mayor and council of the city of Oneonta will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, June 13, in the council chambers. At 5:15 p.m., there will be discussion of the liquor license application of Pounder’s Seafood. At 5:20 p.m., there will be discussion concerning amending the alcohol ordinance to change fees and language on lounge definition. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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

HIGH-PAYING CONSTRUCTION JOBS Seniors who are interested in a high-paying job in the construction industry are invited to apply. Contractors are hiring in the surrounding area and interviews will be held June 3, at 9 a.m., at the Alabama AGC office, 5000 Grantswood Road, Birmingham. Questions? Phone Josh Caton at 451-1420 or visit

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

BLOUNT COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK COMMITTEE will have a yard sale on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, from 7 a.m. until ?, at the Family Life Center. 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS will offer the Practical Yards sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Palisades Park. The all day seminar costs $20 per person and includes lunch and snacks and a special plant sale for attendees. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 2:30 p.m. and will cover topics such as edible landscapes, small garden spaces with large appeal, Japanese Maples, and native azaleas. Contact Sherilyn Osborne at 681-9896 or email to register. It is advised to register early, as the seminar fills quickly.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

KILLOUGH REUNION will be Sunday, June 4, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. For more information, call Karen Crane at 493- 3420.

HOLLOWAY REUNION Family and friends of Garrett and Fannie Holloway are invited to a reunion on Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m. until, at the Anchor at Highland Lake. Bring a covered dish and memories to share. Phone Edna at 274-7454 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1948 REUNION will be Saturday, June 10, 11 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta. Lunch will be at 12 noon. For more information, call Charles Murphree at 466-3656.

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.

LESTER MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have ‘Gadgets and Gizmos’ VBS Tuesday, June 13, through Friday, June 16, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. nightly.

COFFEE WITH A COP will be Tuesday, June 27, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at Main Street Coffee inside Miller Soda Shoppe. Parents, children, students, businesses, and church groups are invited to discuss citizen concerns, community needs by law enforcement, and learn about programs such as neighborhood crime watch.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer reading begins Tuesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m., with the teen event ‘Build Your Own Book.’ Teens will learn how to make a book using Japanese stab binding.

Children’s summer reading kickoff will be Wednesday, June 7, at 10 a.m., with Kit Killingsworth presenting ‘Build it with Bubbles.’

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