NEWS BRIEFS



CHAMBER LUNCH CANCELED

The Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon scheduled for noon today has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The speaker, Steve Thomas of CDG Engineers and Associates, will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Chamber’s annual banquet is set for March 17 at 6:30 p.m. at World Outreach Center. Chamber luncheons will resume the fourth Wednesday in April (April 22).

HARPO The Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization will meet today at 10 a.m. at the Depot in Oneonta. The group will discuss regional and county trends. Phone Laurel Land at 264- 8473 or e-mail lland@rpcgb.org for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET The annual event will be tomorrow, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Heritage Golf Club in Oneonta. Tickets are $50 each or $65 per couple. Phone Rodney Gray at 625-4853 to inquire about corporate, single, and couple sponsorships.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE will have a $5 per plate pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the department.

CULLMAN JOB FAIR will be Saturday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Wallace State Community College. Industries represented include REHAU Incorporated, Topre America Corp., Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies, and more. Pre-register by visiting www.cullmanjobsnow.com, and phone the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-734-0454 with questions.

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.

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.

CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT is offering a Basic Preparedness Class on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. for $25. Learn the basics and develop a plan. No zombies. Phone 256-507-1459 with questions.

SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOL will recognize Michael Peoples for his years of service to the school at a reception to be held Sunday, March 1, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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.

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.

APPALACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL 5K The AHS booster club will have a My School Color Run/Walk on Saturday, March 21, beginning at 9 a.m. at the high school. The course is a 3.1 mile route and participants will get doused with color at intervals during the race. Registration fees are $25 for K-12 students; $30 for adults; and $35 after Feb. 27. Fee includes race bib and a race T-shirt. Checks may be mailed to AHS Booster Club, 350 County Highway 12, Oneonta, AL 35121. Include a phone number on checks.

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.

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.

THE WHOLE BACKSTAGE will hold auditions for ‘The Things We Do For Love’ on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the WBS playhouse, Friday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at Guntersville First Baptist Church, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. also at the church. Those auditioning will need to sing a song of their choice from the 1970s and bring accompaniment. Phone 256- 582-7469 or contact director Diane DuBoise at dianeduboise@yahoo.com for more information.

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.

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.

OHS WORLD WAR II THEMED TRIP A group will travel to France and Germany this summer, June 2-11, with tours of Normandy Beaches, Paris, and Berlin. The trip is open to students and adults. Contact Jennifer Bowman or Cindy O’Rear through the school at 625-3801 or Grade A Travel at 800-842-7592.