NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING will be Saturday, Jan. 31, at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Oneonta Public Library. The public is invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in the boardroom at 204 Second Avenue East, Oneonta.

SCENIC RIVER PUBLIC MEETING will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Oneonta Depot, to discuss plans of the Blount County Commission to convert the old Ala 231 bridge into the River View Trail Park. Speakers include Jim Felder of the Alabama Scenic River Trails and county commission chairman Chris Green. The meeting is sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.

BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly chamber lunch today at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Speakers are Oneonta City Schools Supt. Dr. Michael Douglas and Blount County Board of Education Supt. Jim Carr.

SAFETY FAIR The 5th Annual Oneonta Public Library Safety Fair will be Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Organizations and local safety organizations are invited to share information with the public with a booth. Participants include the Alabama Department of Public Health, Hands On, the District Attorney’s office, Blount County EMA, the Oneonta Fire and Police departments, the National Guard, and more. Deadline to register is Feb. 20 and registration forms are available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/T2T38HJ or at the library. Phone 274-7641 with questions.

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 also be found at www.oneonta businessassociation.com.

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.

J.B. PENNINGTON BLOOD DRIVE The high school SGA is sponsoring a LifeSouth blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the school.

THE TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP will meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory tax-deductible dues are $150 and may be sent to WBF&EMSD, P.O. Box 229, Hayden, AL 35079. The district is currently setting up billing software, and those under financial hardships may complete an application for reduced or monthly payments. Assistance with applications and notary service is available one hour before the board meeting, held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

TOWN OF SNEAD WATER WORKS will charge a $2 fee for water customers who do not bring the statement when paying their water bill.

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.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth applications are now being accepted for the 14th Annual June Fling to be held Saturday, June 6, 2015. 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 host author Jonathon Scott Payne who will discuss his book “Mighty Little Man” on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and copies of the book available for purchase and signing. Cross-stitch and hand embroidery works by resident Mae Brown are on display 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: Story Hour every Wednesday at 10 a.m.; Citizenship class Thursdays at 10 a.m.; English class Thursdays at 1 p.m. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

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

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY has begun sessions at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Separation and divorce can be a difficult time for families, especially children. DivorceCare 4 Kids, geared toward ages 5-12 and The Big D, a program for teens age 13-18, will be offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, e-mail divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org for more information.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, $55 for dogs, and rabies vaccinations an additional $16. Phone 559-7007 for more information or to make an appointment.

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.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES will begin Feb. 3 and continue each Tuesday night for 10 weeks. The cost is $70 for the class and registration deadline is Jan. 30. Classes will be held at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, 220 34th Street South, Birmingham. Phone 328-3989 for more information.

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.

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.