NEWS BRIEFS



WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center, 629 County Road 7. The public is invited to attend.

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. The group will discuss goals for 2015.

ROBERT E. LEE BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE The 16th annual event will be Monday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in front of the Blount County Courthouse. Guest speaker will be Carl Jones Jr., there will be a 21-gun salute, and Glenna Boyd Caldwell will sing “How Firm a Foundation.” Afterwards, the group plans to eat at the Busy Bee Restaurant in Allgood. Phone R.C. Smith at 274-2600 or Van Gunter at 991-9021 for more information.

MISS BLOUNT COUNTY PAGEANT will be Sunday, March 15, at J.B. Pennington High School. Girls ages one month through high school seniors are invited to participate. For more information, email coveredbridgeprel @yahoo.com.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY will begin Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Registration for the program is Sunday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5- 12 and The Big D, a program for teens age 13-17, will be offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256-390-4633, or email divorcecareblount1@gmail.com for more information.

NECTAR SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER needs monetary donations to continue operating the Meals on Wheels and other programs offered to residents of Nectar and the surrounding area. Donations are accepted from individuals, groups, churches, and businesses and may be mailed to Town of Nectar Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 235, Cleveland, AL 35049.

COPD SUPPORT GROUP Anyone interested in participating in a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease support group, contact Phyllis at 274-9184 after 1 p.m.

FILLING STATION 56 is a soup kitchen in Blountsville at 69042 Main Street (at the red light) that offers a free meal every Saturday at 5 p.m. The group is a nonprofit organization, health department approved, and accepts donations and volunteers to work. Phone 353-5955 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT To find out if you meet income and nutrition guidelines to qualify for WIC, phone 274-2120. WIC is an equal opportunity provider.

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 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit www.ilrgb.org.

NARCONON reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones at risk. Phone Narconon at 800-431-1754 for a free brochure, assessment, and/or referral, or visit www.drugabusesolution.com.

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

FARMERS MARKET VOUCHER PROGRAM Seniors 60 and older can apply for benefits offered under the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Each senior will receive five $6 vouchers for use at any approved farmers market or roadside market. Eligibility is based on income and funds are limited. Residents can apply by visiting www.buylocalalabama.com or contact the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) at 866-570-2998.

USDA URGES GOOD RECORD KEEPING The USDA’s Farm Service Agency urges livestock producers affected by natural disasters to keep thorough records, such as livestock and feed losses incurred as a result of unexpected winter weather or other natural disasters. The 2014 Farm Bill can provide an avenue to help farmers and ranchers during difficult times. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov to learn more about these and other programs.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE is accepting applications for the office of trustee to be elected Feb. 15. Anyone from the community may apply. Contact Kelly Stanton at 256-557-5739 for more information.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP will meet Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Lester Memorial Methodist Church Annex building. The group will meet the fourth Thursday of each month to support and share with caregivers who may be struggling with the task of providing care for a loved one suffering from the disease. Phone June Peppers at 363- 1248 for more information.

BOSOM BUDDIES SUPPORT GROUP will meet Monday, Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Ave Maria Room at 1890 Ala 157, Professional Building 2. The group offers support to individuals affected by breast cancer. Phone 256- 737-2600 or visit www.crmchospital.com for more information.

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 Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. at Mountain Pointe Ministries. A meal is provided.

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP will continue the jam sessions from January through March on the first and third Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.

CLEVELAND YOUTH FOOTBALL TURKEY SHOOT will be held every Saturday to benefit the youth football program. The cost is $3 per shot with shotgun, .22 rifle, and youth categories. Hams, turkeys, and bacon prizes will be awarded. Look for the signs near the river bridge on county road 33. Phone Buddy Ware at 625-5438 or 353-4122 for more information.

SUPER CHILI BOWL COOK-OFF Saturday, Feb. 7, at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Oneonta. Sponsored by the Oneonta Business Association, the event awards cash prizes for the chili entries deemed best in a blind taste test by the judges. The public is invited to stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and taste all the entries and vote for the People’s Choice winner and Best Table Décor. Individuals, groups, and businesses are encouraged to enter. Deadline for entry is Jan. 30; late entries will be accepted, if space allows. Entry forms are available at Alpine Advertising, Bumblebee Mall, Downtown Antiques 2 Junk, Our This & That Shop, and Treasures on Main. Complete rules and forms can be found at oneontabusinessassociation.com.

HOSPICE OF MARSHALL COUNTY will have a kickoff party for the 2015 Race to Remember. The kickoff is Thursday, Jan. 22, at Bakers on Main from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Enjoy food, fellowship, a silent auction, and learn more about the race. The race will be March 7. Phone 256-891-7724 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth applications are now being accepted for the 14th Annual June Fling to be held Saturday, June 6. In conjunction with June Fling, the Second Annual Singing Showdown will be held June 5-6. Audition videos must be submitted by April 1. For booth guidelines, registration forms, and complete contest rules and entry form, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY will display cross-stitch and hand embroidery works by resident Mae Brown during the month of January. 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 www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY January events include: Beginner computer class every Tuesday at 1 p.m.; Story Hour every Wednesday at 10 a.m.; Citizenship class Thursdays at 10 a.m.; English class Thursdays at 1 p.m.; Teen movie night Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FISH FRY will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the fire department located at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Ala 79. The $10 plate includes fish, shrimp, or chicken with all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the fire department.