News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., there will be a special screening of the movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. Refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Frannie Koe will conduct a seminar on the connections between diet and health in ‘The Benefits of Eating Closer to Home,’ on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.

‘Basic Computer Skills: Staying Connected’ will be offered in partnership with Wallace State Community College and DHR on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m.

BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION Legion Post 129, along with Disabled American Veterans, will sponsor an informational seminar for veterans and spouses of veterans 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 information.

SWANN BRIDGE CLEAN-UP will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. The group will collect trash then go for a swim in the swimming hole. Bring water and sturdy shoes and the Friends of the Locust Fork River will supply the rest. The ongoing second Saturday clean-ups are sponsored by FLFR. Visit or phone 965-8394 for more information.

CITY OF ONEONTA will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m., in the council chambers to discuss Zaxby’s 772 agreement. Another public hearing will be at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the R1G zoning ordinance change.

JOINT PAIN SEMINAR will be at St. Vincent’s Blount cafeteria on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. ‘Joint Pain: We all have it, but what do you do about it?’ will be presented by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jerome Ambrosia. Topics include nonsurgical and surgical treatments and recovery and living with joint replacement. Phone 274-3051 to RSVP for the free event. Refreshments will be served.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry catered by Swamp John’s on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the fire department, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information on the Austin Creek Cemetery located on Joy Road in Blount County. 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 invites the public to Drinks on the Links on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m., hosted by Limestone Springs Golf Club, 3000 Colonial Drive, Oneonta. Enjoy appetizers and drinks as the OBA unveils the enhanced benefits for members. Everyone is welcome.

The next Classic Cruise-In will be Saturday, Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. In addition to classic cars, there will be a kids area, music, and booths. For information on all exciting OBA events and to register booths for this and other 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.

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 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. Divorce Care 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King-Smith at 283-3357, email, or visit 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

AMERICAN IDOL AUDITIONS will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 612 Highway 72 West, Tuscumbia. Visit for more information and specific audition details, locations, requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be held Fridays, Sept. 8 and 22, 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.

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 space is available for $25 per booth or tent. Phone Jennifer Adams or Lucretia Chiz at 466-3200, or email for an application.