News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Albertville Chamber of Commerce director Jennifer Palmer will be guest speaker.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss Sunrise Crossing, by Jodi Thomas tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

The Lego Club will meet Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m.

Grace Dorning will teach teens how to apply horror makeup on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m.

‘The Monster Squad’ cult classic movie will be shown on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.

Kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a ‘Sleeps and Treats’ sleepover (stuffed animals only, no kids), with drop off between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and pick up between noon and 5 p.m. the next day.

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.

PRIDE OF HAYDEN MARCHING FESTIVAL The 11th annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 21, at Robert W. Reid Stadium. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:45 a.m., there will be a dinner break from 4:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., with awards presented at 7:30 p.m. The UAB Blazers Marching Band and the HHS band will perform and bands from Blount County and surrounding schools will be competing.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry catered by Swamp John’s, on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the fire department, located at the intersection of Ala 79 and U.S. 278. The $11 per plate includes a choice of fish, chicken, or shrimp and all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the department.

MURPHREE’S VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT station 94 is celebrating 30 years as a department on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the fire hall. Refreshments will be served and applications for fire fighter/first responder will be accepted. The community is invited to the free event.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. This replaces the meeting originally scheduled for Oct. 16.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet Saturday, Oct. 28, in the meeting room at the Frank Green Building, at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD will have the annual show during the Covered Bridge Festival at Palisades Park on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Vendors will be on site and quilters are invited to enter their quilts in the show. A drawing for the quilt ‘Remember When,’ will be held. Admission is $5. Phone 256-558-3399, 994-4749, or visit for more information.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB BREAKFAST The annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. Plates are $7 for adults, $4 for children. Mrs. Alabama USA Courtney Grill of Hayden will be at the breakfast signing autographs. She will ask attendees to fill out cards that she will send to veterans in the hospital near home and abroad.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta. For $5, enjoy homemade pancakes, country sausage, and a drink. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Center to serve abused children and their caregivers in Blount County.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Downtown Dinner is Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., SwampTails block downtown Oneonta. Call the Chamber office at 274-2153 for tickets.

OMS 7TH-8TH GRADE CHOIRS will have a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m., at Eris Horton Auditorium. ‘Sweet Beats’ will feature the Oneonta Middle School choirs performing songs of the Halloween season, followed by a selection of sweets served in the cafeteria. Admission is $5.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ‘Monsters on Main’ will be Monday, Oct. 30, 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

TOMAHAWK TREATS Come trick or treat with Oneonta High School athletes and band members on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Gilbreath Stadium.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM invites Blount County World War II Veterans to serve as Grand Marshals for the 2017 Blount County Veterans Day parade.

The 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 on any museum events.

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.

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