News Briefs

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, March 14, and Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

FREE HEART DISEASE SCREENING Cullman Regional is offering free heart screenings tomorrow, March 14, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., in the Colonel Cullmann Room in Professional Office Building 2. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Phone 256-735-5600 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

‘THE KITCHEN WITCHES’ opens this Friday at Covered Bridge Players. Come see Dolly and Izzy, two long-time rival cooking show hosts, as circumstances put them together on a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches.” The results? Insults are slung harder than food and big-time secrets are revealed! Show dates: March 15 – 24, Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 274-SHOW or visit to reserve tickets.

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL The fifth annual event will be Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Blountsville Historical Park. There will be music, historical demonstrations, cabin self tours, antique cars, food and drinks, and a real Confederate wedding in the chapel at 2 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Brian Dean will lead an easy to moderate hike along Graves Creek on Saturday, March 16. Meet at Mardis Mill Falls at 10 a.m. Register at

Winners of the 2018 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Cleveland High School library through Monday, March 25. Entires for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted beginning Wednesday, May 1.

FLFR is looking for volunteers for various projects. If you can spare four hours a month, we have interesting and rewarding activities. Email to join our team.

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ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Saturday, March 16: Lego Club for kids and teens will meet at 10 a.m. Build what you can in an hour; finished works will be showcased on social media and at the library.

Thursday, March 21: Novel Destination Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. to discuss The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and class is Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Twisted Stitchers is Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Bring your project – the group is open to all skill levels.

Story hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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 or phone 274-7641 for more information on library programs.

ONEONTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for the 2019-2020 school year will be March 18 through March 22. Students living in the Oneonta City School district should bring two proofs of residence, birth certificate, Social Security card, and immunization record.

Non-resident applications will also be accepted during this time. The number accepted will be based on room and availability. Parents will receive a letter from the school principal in June or July notifying them of their child’s status. Phone the school at 625-4108 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY KIDS AND KIN PROGRAM Class meet Wednesday, March 20 (Children Habits) at 10 a.m. at Oneonta Second Baptist Church. Phone or text Rae Ann Moore at 334-465-0085 for more information.

FIFTH ANNUAL ALABAMA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF Registration is now open for chef teams to submit recipes integrating Alabama Gulf seafood as the featured ingredient. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 21. Finalist will be selected by April 1 to compete at the May 1 event. Visit for registration forms and more information.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, March 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 256-638-4430 ext. 150 with questions.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will host Sharon Cook’s exhibit “Making Mandalas is Easy” through March 25. Cook will teach a mandala class at the library on Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. Email to register.

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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The Eighth Annual Chili Cookoff, Classic Cruise-In, and Cornhole Tournament will take place Saturday, March 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Get details and register on the website. Entry forms are also available at Treasures on Main.

Visit,, or phone 446-0462 for more information about all OBA special events.

SUSAN MOORE CLASS OF 1944 Graduates are invited to a 75th anniversary/class reunion lunch on Friday, April 1. RSVP to 525-5432.

OPEN JAM Beginning Thursday, April 4, there will be a gospel/bluegrass/ole time country open jam at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Phone 612-4239 or 274- 0017 for more information.

FARM EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT AUCTION J.B. Pennington High School will host the fifth annual event Saturday, April 6, beginning at 9 a.m., with viewing Friday, April 5, from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. until the auction begins. All types of farm, construction, and lawn and garden equipment, ATVs, trailers, trucks, and tools will be available. Consignment fee is 10 percent. Bring consignment items to the school Thursday, April 4, at noon. Donations will also be accepted. All proceeds benefit the school. Phone Van Alldredge at 237-5915 for more information.

WALKER REUNION will be Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant in Oneonta.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD SCHOLARSHIP The Blount County Quilters Guild will award a $1,000 tuition scholarship to two graduating Blount County seniors. Applicants should submit an original 500-600 word, double-spaced essay on the topic “What quilts mean to me.” Essays will be judged on development of topic, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Include name, high school, address, and phone number on a cover sheet and mail to: Blount County Quilters Guild, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta AL 35121. Deadline is Tuesday, April 9. For more information, phone 994-4749 or check with your high school counselor.

CENTRAL SIX ALABAMA WORKS is hosting World of Work at SkillsUSA 2019” (WOW) exposition on Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the BJCC. This unique career exposition invites 8th through 12th grade students from Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, Chilton, and St. Clair counties to start making plans to become leaders in high-wage workforce industries. Schools who wish to bring students must register by March 8. Exhibitor and sponsorship registration is due March 15. Visit to register or for more information about sponsorship.

TAKE STEPS BIRMINGHAM The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation features honored heroes Sarah Elliott and Taylor Gautney at this year’s walk on Saturday, April 27, at 4 p.m., at Homewood Central Park. For more information on how to get involved with Take Steps and to find a 2019 walk site nearest you, please visit or contact Emily Richter at (646) 387-2149 or

SNEAD STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WIND BAND will perform Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m., in the Bevill Center Auditorium.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, March 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or combination, slaw, hush puppies, fries, dessert, and drink.

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 at 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 It’s about time for honeybees and other pollinators to begin to fly around and possibly cause problems. We can help with identification, swarm control, and advice. We don’t offer bee removal, but have a list of contacts that can safely remove bees. Phone Harold Deason at 568-1053, Jerry Carter at 213- 1673, or Lonnie Funderburg at 559-3260 for more information.

The group meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

HAYDEN LIONS CLUB meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Top Hat Barbecue Restaurant on US 31 in Blount Springs. Phone club president Doug Jones at 590-1726 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Miller Soda Shoppe in Oneonta. Those who want to come and just listen are also welcome. Visit our Facebook page for videos and event announcements.

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 Wednesdays 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.

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.

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.

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 251-2223 ext. 400 to make an appointment or visit

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 353-1696 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. For more information, phone Sondra Horsley at 681-7888 or the Literary Council of Central Alabama at 1-888-326-1925, or email

NEWS BRIEFS Call 625- 3231, fax 625-3239, email, or mail P.O. Box 310, Oneonta AL 35121.