News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY tomorrow, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m.: Twisted Stitchers will meet to work on needlecraft projects. Bring your own or come learn to crochet. New members welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.: Mr. Breakfast will be at the library to teach kids important life lessons through stories, fun activities, and songs.

Monday, Jan. 27, 1:30 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts for teens will feature a custom-made tabletop-style budgeting game. Players will create characters, deal with unexpected events, and find out who is the most money savvy at the end of the year.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m.: Teens compete in a Bad Art Contest. Come find out if you have what it takes to make a hideous eye sore.

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

ASL for beginners is Mondays at 6 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will have the quarterly meeting tomorrow, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Phone chairman Larry Armstrong at 205-590-1467 for more information.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have a Chamber Lunch Seminar tomorrow, Jan. 23, from noon until 1 p.m., at The Little Brick Church. Dr. Albert Linderman, a cultural anthropologist and expert in the Collective Impact process, will be guest speaker. Lunch will be provided by Charlie B’s. The program and lunch are free and open to the public.

BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m., at Cleveland High School. Meet at the main entrance. Mitchie Neel with the Blount County Board of Education will explain the STEAM program. Lunch will be on your own.

U.S. CENSUS 2020 Blount County needs 150 applicants. Pay is $14 per hour plus mileage. Census personnel will be on hand to take applications and answer questions at: Alabama Career Center in Blountsville, Friday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. until noon, and Oneonta High School, Monday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m., at the Oneonta/J.B. Pennington varsity basketball games.

Every Thursday through Feb. 27 Census personnel will be at the Oneonta Public Library, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and at the Blountsville Public Library, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., to take applications and answer questions.

ROCK SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTER annual soup supper will be Saturday, Jan. 25, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. All-you-can-eat soup, dessert, and drink for $7 per person. All proceeds benefit center upkeep.

RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE TRAINING course will be offered by the Blount County Extension office Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Any private applicator needing to renew or obtain a restricted use permit in 2020 should attend. Cost is $20. Make check payable to Blount County Extension. Phone Dan Porch at 205-274-2129 for information or to arrange for special accommodations.

ROYAL COMMUNITY PARK will have a potluck dinner and meeting Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the future of the park and ball field. Please bring a covered dish to share.

FOSTER PARENT CLASSES at Blount County DHR begin Monday, Feb. 3. Phone 205-274-5200 for more information or to register.

WESTSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY welcomes author Glenn Wills Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. Wills will discuss his book Forgotten Alabama. The library is located at 5151 Walnut Grove Road, Walnut Grove. Phone 205-589-6699 for more information.

E.L. AND PAULINE D. KILGORE LYCEUM presents Dr. Billie Jean Young Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m., at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta City School, where she will present her drama Fannie Lou Hamer – This Little Light. Bob Bentley will sponsor a reception at 5:30 p.m. at The Little Brick Church followed by a poetry reading at 6:30 p.m. Young is an author, poet, speaker, and dramatist.

BLOUNT-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Nominations are being accepted for Blount County’s Emerging Business of the Year, Blount County’s Business of the Year, The Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service, The Charles Carr Award for Blount County’s Volunteer of the Year, Blount County’s Industry of the Year, and The Pat Bellew Award for Blount County’s Outstanding Citizen. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 14, at noon. Phone or email (below) to request nomination forms.

Blount County Bridal Fair will be Sunday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at The Little Brick Church. Admission is free and door prizes will be given.

The 37th Annual Chamber Dinner will be Tuesday, March 31, at Anchors Church. Chamber award recipients, Blount County and Oneonta City schools teachers of the year, and ambassadors of the year will be recognized. Phone the Chamber to purchase tickets.

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

SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE will host a bed build Saturday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m., at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot. Help build beds for kids in need in Blount County. No experience needed. All ages welcome. Donations of new twin-sized bedding and pillows will also be accepted.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY currently has memorabilia from The Andy Griffith Show on display. Library hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 205-429-3156 or visit for more information.

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