News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will have the monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Leadership Blount County class will begin Jan. 16, 2020, and meet every third Thursday through June. The class brings together leaders from a wide diversity of backgrounds. Through monthly seminars participants learn more about our community and come to understand one another and are encouraged to engage for the betterment of the community and its people.

The Chamber is offering a computer basics class sponsored by OTELCO and hosted by Oneonta Public Library. Classes will meet six Thursdays beginning Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. The class is free of charge, but limited to 10 participants. Phone 205- 274-2153 to register.

Visit the website, email or phone 205-274-2153 for applications or more information.

ITALIAN VISTAS TOUR will depart March 18, 2021. The nine day tour includes Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Rome, Pompeii, Pisa, and Isle of Capri. Price includes airfare, hotels, ground transportation, breakfast and dinner daily, and all entry fees for museums. For more information email or

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Winners of the 2019 Art and Photo Contest will be on display at Cricket Wireless through Sunday, Jan. 5. The store is located at 2343 Second Avenue East, Suite F, in Oneonta.

FLFR is looking for volunteers. 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. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The library will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 for holidays. Weekly groups will not meet the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

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 205- 274-7641 for more information on library programs.

LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK Drive through the 19th annual Christmas lights in the park any night in December (except Dec. 24 and 25) between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone 205- 429-3156 or visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary. info for more information.

NEWS BRIEFS Phone 205-625- 3231, email, or drop off at 217 Third Street South, Oneonta. Deadline is Friday, 4:30 p.m.