News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION is offering a job prep class on interview skills, today, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Register at 274-2129 for the free class.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The movie, ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ will be shown Thursday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m.

Electronic Destruction, a special teen event where participants will take apart electronics and use pieces to create something new, will be Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m.

The movie ‘Wonder Woman’ will be shown Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m.

Kids can use their imagination, some tape and cardboard and get creative with the global event, the Cardboard Challenge, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 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.

APPALACHIAN PTSO is selling chances to win a ‘Mountain Star’ quilt, handmade by Jenny Tidwell. The raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds benefit the PTSO and school projects. Phone 274-7789 for more information. The drawing will be held late October.

FIRST RESPONDERS HONORED The public is invited to a ceremony to honor first responders on Friday, Sept. 29, beginning at 10 a.m., at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Lunch will follow the ceremony. The church is located at 32015 Ala 75 in Oneonta.

HAYDEN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1976 will meet at the Hayden varsity Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. Afterwards, classmates will gather at the Warrior Pizza Hut at 9:30 p.m.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT PALISADES PARK Any group, business, church, or family may register beginning Oct. 1 through Nov. 13 to decorate a spot at the park. Decorating will begin in November. There is no cost to register and prizes will be awarded. Questions? Phone the park at 274-0017.

4-H FALL PAPER CLOVER CAMPAIGN Tractor Supply will continue the partnership with National 4-H Council from Oct. 4 until Oct. 15. At checkout, customers may purchase a clover for $1 (or more) and proceeds will help fund scholarships that send in-state 4-H youth to camps, conferences, and development programs where they learn about diverse subjects from animal care to civic leadership.

DANNY B. HICKS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at 8 a.m., at Limestone Springs. Registration is open now. Cost is $400 per four member team. Phone 274- 2359, 237-4259, or 274-4653 for more information or to register.

COVERED BRIDGE MARCHING FESTIVAL will be Saturday, Oct. 7, beginning at 11 a.m., at Gilbreath Stadium in Oneonta. Admission is $5 and concessions and food vendors will be available. Come join us for an entire day of high school marching band performances. Proceeds benefit the Oneonta High School Redskin Marching Band.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK ‘Southern Heritage Day’ will be Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be demonstrations of cannons and firearms, open fire cooking, and crafts, special music, photography, and food. Admission is free. Vendor space is available. Phone 429-2468 or email for more information. The large pavilion is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for vendor or event reservation information.

BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOMES TOUR will be Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8. The five-home guided tour is offered in the Royal community and features homes that are both energy efficient and use solar technologies that are clean and renewable. The tour is free, but registration is required. Email, phone 429- 3088 to register, or visit Facebook and search Solar Tour Alabama for more information.

WEAVER/WOOD REUNION will be Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Oak Grove Church on Ala 79 in Blountsville. Bring a covered dish and photos to share. Meat and paper goods will be supplied.

PHILLIPS REUNION Descendants of Freeman and Emma Phillips are invited to the reunion Sunday, Oct. 8, at The Grove in Walnut Grove, beginning at noon. Bring a dish and photos to share.

MISS COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL PAGEANT will be Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Oneonta High School auditorium. The pageant is open to girls age one month through high school seniors. Proceeds will benefit city and county scholarships and breast cancer awareness and education projects. For more information, email or phone 559-4127.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The fourth annual awards dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m., at Limestone Springs Golf Club. Roman Street, a widely known acoustic guitar duo, will perform. Tickets are $40, $75 per couple, and $300 per table of eight. See any board member to purchase or visit the website.

‘Monsters on Main’ will be Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Main Street. This will be a family event with music, costume contests, bounce houses, a train, as well as trick-or-treating. Space for pop-up shops will be available, but space is limited.

For information on all exciting OBA events and to register booths for this and other events, visit www.oneontabusiness

ONEONTA FIRE HYDRANT TESTING The OFD will conduct fire hydrant testing until Friday, Oct. 27, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Firefighters will be flowing water from hydrants throughout Oneonta. This might cause a slight discoloration in the water but in no way affects the safety or taste of the water. The flushing is necessary to remove natural settlement that accumulates in the water main. Questions? Phone 274-2752.

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.

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 www.aplaceatthetable 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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM has distributed more than three dozen beautifully painted rocks around the county. Find one and bring it to the museum for a special gift. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN FIRE DEPARTMENT announces that recycling services will be discontinued as of Oct. 1. The department asks that the public refrain from leaving recyclables or trash on the ground at the unmanned station. Phone John Storey at 515-4090 with questions.

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 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 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.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory taxdeductible 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.

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.

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.


‘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.

CROSSING PATHS ANIMAL RESCUE A GoFundMe account has been set up for county residents to contribute to the non-profit charity. Crossing paths is a no-kill shelter and is seeking to raise funds to continue operating. Visit , search Cleveland, AL, and choose Crossing Paths Animal Rescue to donate.

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 selfdefense 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.

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, 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