News Briefs

MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR MIRACLE NETWORK The second annual event will be Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Oneonta Walmart, with registration at 7:30 a.m., and the ride beginning at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per bike, $10 per passenger and includes a meal. There will be live music and and prizes with all proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Phone Christy Smith at 353-9300 or Reba Summers at 810-8002 for more info.

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION Post 129, 1148 College Street, will sell barbecue pork or chicken plates with all the fixings on Monday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. until… The Post, along with Disabled American Veterans, will sponsor a seminar for veterans and their spouses on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. Topics of discussion include eligibility benefits and spousal benefits. Claims representatives will be on hand to assist with any claims questions. Phone Lester Hall at 681-2569 for more info on either event.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES The ‘Share a snack day’ will be Friday, Aug. 25, 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The LEGO Club will meet on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m., there will be a Basic Computer Skills class partnering with DHR and Wallace State Community College. Space is limited.

Patrons may check out up to four DVD or BlueRay movies for up to seven days. New releases are limited to two per card for a maximum of three days. An increased late fine of $1 per day is now in effect.

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.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND LABOR DAY BBQ The annual fundraiser will be held Monday, Sept. 4, at the park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Local bands will provide music, there will be barbecue and chicken plates and fried pies for sale during the event, and there will be activities for the entire family. Pre-ordered Boston butts are $25, whole chickens are $10, and a slab of ribs is $15 each. Phone Olivia Blackwood at 274-9418 to order. All proceeds benefit park projects.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m., at Munoz Mexican restaurant in Hayden. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

HOFSTALER MEMORIAL CEREMONY has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at White’s Cemetery, located between Trafford and Locust Fork. Hofstalar was a Revolutionary War veteran and a memorial marker will be placed on his grave by the Josiah Brunson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Birmingham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

SNEAD TOWN PICNIC will be Saturday, Sept. 30. Vendor applications are available for $25 per booth or tent. Phone Jennifer Adams or Lucretia Chiz at 466- 3200, or email for an application.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Aug. 25, at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park. Bring a covered dish and visit friends old and new from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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 DULCIMER GROUP The group holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

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.

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 256- 615-5614 for more information.

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BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 2017 Covered Bridge Arts & Music Fest is set for Saturday, Oct. 28. Vendor applications are available now. Email Aimee Wilson at for more information on this and other chamber events.

BLOUNT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. A drawing will be held each Thursday at 10 a.m. for a market basket of mixed vegetables.

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 large pavilion is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or 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 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 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM 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 For information on all exciting OBA events, visit

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Effective beginning in October, the Blount County office will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CULLMAN COMMISSION ON AGING can help with obtaining free prescription medications for those over 55. If you have a medical condition, no insurance, need assistance, or are on disability, the Cullman COA might be able to help. Phone 256-734-1241 or visit 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 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

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 serves individuals who have experienced sexual assault and offers 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.

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.