News Briefs

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, April 11, and Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited to attend.

MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE The Blount County Master Gardeners will conduct their annual plant sale on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center in the Farmers Market area. Enter the back gate and pull around to the left side of the building. Look for signs.

4-H PIG SQUEAL The 4-H Pig Squeal Show and auction will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Weigh in begins at 9 a.m., showmanship begins at 10 a.m., and the auction begins at 11 a.m. Please come support these youth by bidding on their market animal. Successful bidders’ animals will be transported to the processor for you. You do not have to take the animal home! Enter the back gate of the Agri-Business Center. Phone the Extension office at 274-2129 for additional information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER annual Blue Ribbon Dinner will be Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m., at Anchors Church in Oneonta. Proceeds support the mission of the Children’s Center: to prevent child abuse, to help victims, and to strengthen families. Lee Alexander will prepare a delicious dinner and entertainment will be provided by The Cotton Pickin’ Kids from Hanceville. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, phone the Children’s Center at 274- 7226.

FARMERS MARKET/FMNP TRAINING PROGRAM The Blount County Extension office, in conjunction with the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center and the Alabama Farmers Market Authority, will conduct training to allow producers to accept FMNP vouchers on Thursday, April 25, at 9 a.m. at the Frank Green Building auditorium located at 415 5th Avenue East, Oneonta. Immediately following the training, the local Farmers Market will conduct its annual meeting to determine days and hours of operation. Anyone with questions may phone the Extension office at 274-2129.

HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27. For more information phone 589-2311.

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, April 26 (share a snack day), 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.

APPALACHIAN SPRING PARK DAY will be Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a full day of baseball, softball, and great activities including inflatables, local vendors, and food. Contact Brian Metcalf at 641-3524 or through the Facebook page for vendor and volunteer information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Easy canoe/kayak trip led by Vicky and Shawn Wilson will be Saturday,

April 27, at 9 a.m. The six-hour trip is easy enough for beginners and includes swimming, photography, and a stop for lunch. Boats and life jackets will be available to borrow, but bring your own if possible.

Entries for the 2019 Art & Photo Contest will be accepted Wednesday, May 1, through Wednesday, July 31. Participation details are available on our website.

Youth kayak sprint will be held Saturday, June 8, at the 37th Alabama Youth State Games in Huntsville. There are male and female division for ages 7 to 18. The first 100 racers pay $10; thereafter the fee is $25. FLFR will reimburse $10 to the first 15 Blount County participants. Deadline to register is May 24.

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.

Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.

MAKING MANDALAS IS EASY Learn to draw mandalas with Sharon Cook on Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m., at the Oneonta Public Library. There are only eight slots available. Email to reserve your spot. Cook’s mandalas will be on display at the library through the month of April.

SUSAN MOORE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION will continue through April 30, during school hours. A Spanish translator will be available and you may purchase discounted school supplies for a $40 fee. The following are required to register: child’s birth certificate and Social Security card, Alabama Certificate of Immunization (blue slip), and proof of residency (lease, power bill, etc.). Phone 775-2070 with questions.

SPRING CLEAN DAY The City of Oneonta, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Oneonta Business Association, and the Oneonta Beautification Board are joining forces for a day of sprucing up downtown. On Saturday, May 4, meet at the gazebo at 9 a.m. Bring work gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, weed eaters, pruners, rakes, brooms, and yard trash bags. All are welcome!

ALTOONA DAY 2019 will be Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Altoona Football Field. Crafts, food, live music, and fun for the whole family.

FORD DRIVE 4 UR SCHOOL will take place Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., in front of Oneonta Elementary School. Take a spin in a new Ford vehicle and help All-American Ford raise money for Oneonta City School. For every test drive taken, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the school, up to $8,000. There is no purchase necessary; must be 18 or older with a valid driver license and valid insurance.

CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 will have a reunion Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m., at Cleveland First Baptist Church. Phone Gail at 274-7252 for information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is planning an event on Tuesday, July 16, at the Frank Green Building, to match volunteers with local non-profits and community service organizations. If you are a non-profit or community service organization serving Blount County and would like to participate, phone the Chamber office at 274-2153.

LOVE WRITING AND/OR ART? The Oneonta Public Library is starting a club for teens interested in helping produce an E-zine where teens can submit their poems, short stories, and art for online distribution. If you are interested in submitting work or helping produce the E-zine, stop by the library or email


Blount County Heritage books have arrived. Come by the museum to pick up your copy.

The museum is searching for information on schools that existed in Blount County from the late 1800s through the late 1900s. Phone the museum with information.

Blount County Bicentennial Home School Program is offered for students ages 8-18. Phone the museum for details and to sign up for the class.

Visit or phone curator Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 for details on all events. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 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 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.

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.

ALABAMA DIVISION OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS Forrest’s Cavalry Camp #1899 meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blountsville Historical Park. For more information phone 256-706-6572, 256-612-4038, or Norman Alexander at 482-4666. PICKIN’ IN THE PARK Featured bands will play at Blountsville Historical Park the second Friday of each month in the covered pavilion. Music begins at 5 p.m.; band plays at 7 p.m. Admission is free and concessions are available. Phone Marlin Beasley at 429-3996 or 363-0507 for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OBA now meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room. The Feb. 19 agenda includes plans for upcoming events. Members and those interested are invited to attend.

Visit,, or phone 446- 0462 for more information about all OBA special events. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Do you do historical crafts? Please come demonstrate at the park. Phone 429- 2468 for more information.

The park has lighted, locked display cases. If you have a collection that you’d like to share with park visitors, phone 429-2468 or 363-1248 for details.

The park is a stop for those visiting historical sites in Alabama for the 200th birthday celebration. Get your passport book stamped at the gift shop.

The large pavilion is open for weddings, parties, reunions, and celebrations. The park is now open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 429-2468 for booking information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER River cleanup will be Saturday, April 13 at these locations: Swann Covered Bridge, 9 a.m., Sam Howell; Mardis Mill Falls, 10 a.m., Alden Brindle; End of Taylor Ford Road, 10:30 a.m., Ana Self.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Teen Advisory Board presents ‘For the Love of the Stars’ on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. Couples night will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. Preorder $5 per couple tickets which include the movie Wall-E on the big screen, popcorn, drink, and star gazing with optional telescope time. Tickets available the night of for $7 per couple. Family night will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Preorder $8 family tickets which include the movie Wall-E on the big screen, popcorn, drink and star gazing with optional telescope time. Tickets available the night of for $10 per family.

Saturday, April 13: Mari Brindle will teach a class on lacto-fermenting at 10 a.m. Learn how to make kimchi or sauerkraut using a lactic acid pickling process. The result is tasty and is believed to promote good digestive health.

Saturday, April 13: Join us on a D&D adventure into the Lost Mine of Phandelver. If you weren’t able to come to the character creation day, contact us ahead of time at

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.

BLUE BELL REUNION has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Woodmen of the World in Oneonta.

CENSUS BUREAU JOB FAIR will be Tuesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Frank Green Building. A representative will be available to answer questions and take applications. There are quite a few positions available in Blount County that offer weekly pay, flexible hours, and paid training. Pay starts at $13.50 per hour plus mileage.

MURPHREE VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is seeking volunteers. Phone fire chief Mike Gunn at 353-1696 for more information.