NEWS BRIEFS



J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTERS will host a meet and greet with new head football coach, Todd Cassity, on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

HOSPICE OF MARSHALL COUNTY will have a Hopeful Hearts Dinner tomorrow, Feb. 12, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the HMC Community Room at 408 Martling Road, Albertville. Preregister for the $6 meal by phoning 256-891-7724.

CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER will host a heart disease seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m. Cost of the program is $8 and includes lunch, $5 for WomenFirst and SeniorChoice members. Visit www.crmchospital.com or phone 256-737-2600 to register or for more information.

GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER ONEONTA will host a free educational event “Project Lifesaver” on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. The program, presented by Lt. Wesley Neill with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, will focus on family members who worry about a loved one with dementia getting lost. Phone 274-2365 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD is asking for a $40 donation from households in the county to help with operating expenses and the purchase of a rescue-one boat. A complimentary 10 x 13 family portrait is offered as a thank you for the donation. Phone captain Edward Gean at 229-9193 or Scott Fendley at 446-0723 for additional information.

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

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AT HOPE HOUSE on Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon provided by United Way of Central Alabama. File state and federal returns for free with help from an IRS certified tax coach. Call 211 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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.

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.

SAFE AT HOME 5K RUN in honor of Austin Taylor, who passed away as a result of a car accident, will be held in Oneonta on Saturday, March 28. The objective of the run is to raise awareness for organ donation and celebrate the heroes who choose to donate organs so that others may live. Representatives from UAB Alabama Organ Center will be on hand with information and to answer questions about the program. Visit the Safe at Home Facebook page to register or phone Amber Taylor at 363- 4386 for more information.

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

BLOUNT COUNTY DULCIMER GROUP will continue the jam sessions 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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY A collection of toy Greyhound and Trailways buses belonging to Allen Gilliland will be on display through the month of February. 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.

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.

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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Will have a seed, scion, and plant swap on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. Learn gardening tips, meet other gardeners, and discover different types of gardens. 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.

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