News Briefs

MASTER GARDENER ANNUAL PLANT SALE will be Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Blount County Agribusiness Center. Annuals, shrubs, perennials, and vegetable transplants will be available. All proceeds will benefit local projects.

DEA NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY is Saturday, April 24. Unused and expired prescription medication may be taken to Alaco Pharmacy (27550 State Highway 75, Suite 107, Oneonta) from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., or J&M Pharmacy (2040 Second Avenue East, Suite C, Oneonta) from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. All medication collected will be destroyed properly by the Oneonta Police Department. Free information and giveaways are available at each site while supplies last.

BLOUNT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY will hold its quarterly meeting Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park’s outdoor pavilion. Author/publisher Tom Bailey will speak. COVID safety precautions will be observed.

PALS SPRING CLEANUP continues through Monday, April 26. Republic Services has donated five dumpsters for roadside and river clean up (not for cleaning out closets and garages). This is a great time for organizations and groups to make Blount County beautiful again. Each district has boxes of garbage bags to distribute to assist in cleanups. A representative from your group may contact your commissioner to pick those up if needed. Dumpster locations are: District 2 Shop, 44312 State Highway 79, Blountsville, 205-446-1419; District 3 Shop, 6340 Second Avenue West, Oneonta, 205-493-1742; District 4 Shop, 5380 County Highway 1, Cleveland, 205-625-3473; Landfill/Transfer Station, 2390 Armstrong Loop, Hayden, 205-446- 2569; and Intersection of Smokerise Trail and Ala 160 (Old Pit Stop), 345 State Highway 160, Warrior, 205-446-2569.

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL will be Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Blountsville Historical Park. Entertainment will be provided by Pine Mountain Bluegrass, Cotton Pickin’ Kids, and others. There will be an antique car show, food, and crafts. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Come start seedlings Fridays, April 23 and 30, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., at the FLFR Nursery. Email Jennah at to ask questions or register.

Joan Babcock is working on our next mural at Sullivan’s Auto Service on Ala 79 in Cleveland. Completed murals, “Let Nature be Your Teacher,” by Joan Babcock at 237 Railroad Boulevard in Oneonta and “Explore the River” by Lakshmi Tummalapalli and @OneExplorer at 62441 U.S. Highway 231 in Cleveland are available for photos. Share your pics on social media with the hashtags #FLFRMurals and #NatureAwarenessMurals.

COVID guidelines are followed at all events. Please wear a mask and social distance. Register for hikes and cleanups, learn more about FLFR, donate, and much more at www.FLFR. org. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

HIGHWAY 132 YARD SALE will be Thursday, April 29, through Saturday, May 1. For information phone 205-589-2311.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER RALLY is Thursday, May 5, at noon, on the Blount County Courthouse steps. Lunch will be provided immediately following the rally in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church. The rally will move to First Baptist Church is case of inclement weather. The 2021 theme is “Love, Life, and Liberty in America.”

ALABAMA RECORD COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION will have the 40th annual show Friday, May 14, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Gardendale Civic Center Main Exhibition Hall. Admission is $5 per day. Friday 11 a.m. early-bird admission is available for $10. Visit for more information.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION for all Blount County Schools ends Friday, May 21. Check your local school’s website for specific dates and times. Required documentation for registration: valid birth certificate, record of immunization, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration form. Registration form is available on our website ( or may be obtained from your local school.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE sponsored by Operation Grateful Heart will be Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m., on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse. The service will be moved to the Frank Green Building auditorium in case of bad weather. Phone Donnie Jackson at 205-272-0445 with questions or for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION is sponsoring the first Explore Oneonta Photo Competition. Entries will be accepted through June 15. Visit for rules and entry form.

The second issue of Explore Oneonta, OBA’s new quarterly publication, is available at 20 local businesses as well as on OBA’s website.

Cruise and Croon events are scheduled for Saturdays, May 29, July 31, and Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., in downtown Oneonta.

Swing into the Fling replaces the usual Singing Showdown this year. The Shepherd Becker Quartet will perform Friday, June 11, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your lawn chair. VIP Experience tickets (which include table seating, VIP food tent, drinks, commemorative wristband, and door prizes) are available for $30.

Booth registration is underway for the 19th annual June Fling scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in downtown Oneonta. Early registration fees will be honored through May 1. Visit the website for details and restrictions.

Visit,, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about these and other OBA events and activities.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION loans are available for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits that were impacted by the Jan. 25-26 tornado. Apply online at or visit the Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the City of Fultondale Public Library, 500 Byrd Lane, Fultondale. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For questions or one-on-one assistance with applying, phone 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard of hearing phone 800-877-8339. Visit for more information. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 1.

SMALL FARMER TRAINING 2021 Wallace State Community College is conducting online and on-site small farmer training classes through Aug. 25. Visit or contact Travis Kress at 256-352-8115 or for more information or to register.

BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at SwampTails in Oneonta. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will not hold regular monthly meetings until further notice.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at R&R BBQ, Hwy 411, Odenville. Meeting and meal at 6 p.m. All Purple Heart recipients and spouses are welcome to attend or join. Contact Chap. Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 205-844-1017.

GROW MORE GIVE MORE is a project that teaches home gardeners new skills and encourages them to share their harvest with the community. We teach you to Grow More fruits and vegetables so you can Give More to those fighting hunger and food insecurity. Visit for online resources, contact the Blount County Extension Office at 205-274-2129, or phone the Master Gardener Helpline at 877-252-4769.

ALABAMA APART TOGETHER is a crisis counseling program providing supportive services to Alabamians affected by COVID-19… all of us. Phone 1-888-442-1793 to access confidential and free services and information about available community resources.

ONEONTA PARK & REC Youth football and cheer registration for fall is live on the website. Register at

FREE ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS are available for veterans or their spouses from the DAV. For more information, contact Cmdr. Frank Cannon at 205-359-1865 or Amy Rhudy at Blount County Memorial Museum 205-625-6905.

ELECTRIC AND PROPANE ASSISTANCE Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama is offering assistance paying electric and propane bills. To apply, download the LITTLite mobile app or call 1-855-287-1730 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Funding for this program is provided by ADECA. Visit or follow us on Facebook for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY is now open to the public. Max capacity will be limited to 25 people at a time. While it is not required, we request that patrons continue to wear masks indoors and maintain social distancing recommendations. Masks will be available at the front counter. Library hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit for more information. Follow us on Facebook for updates.