NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNT COUNTY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION All county elementary schools will hold kindergarten pre-registration the month of April during school hours. Bring a birth certificate, record of immunization, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms. Forms may be printed from the website, www.blountboe.net, or picked up at elementary school offices. Students must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

OBA EASTER PARADE for kids to age 12 will be Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. and begin from the Oneonta Public Library after a library sponsored activity. Children will follow the Easter Bunny down First Avenue and visit participating merchants for candy. Merchants not located on First Avenue may set up booths along the parade route. There will be an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, and prizes at Klassy K-9 Sassy Kat after the parade. Rain date is April 4. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com 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.

LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT DRIVE Telamon Corp. of Oneonta is sponsoring a drive to collect hats and long-sleeved shirts to be distributed to farm workers in the area. Shirts and hats can be dropped off at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, World Outreach, Oneonta First Baptist, and Corpus Christi Catholic Church during the week of March 23-27. Phone 625-4558 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE A vegetable gardening basics program will be offered on Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. and is open to those who wish to improve yields in gardens and varieties of vegetables recommended for this area. Both programs will be conducted at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. Phone the extension office at 274- 2129 for information or to register for the programs.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY A rabbit collection is currently on display courtesy of Ruth Walker. 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 Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for information on the Compton Mine. The museum also has Helen Brown prints available for purchase for $10 each. Prints are of the Bangor Casino, Bangor Cave, Snead Bethel Church, Gable Bridge, and Clear Springs Mill. Books on display include Hamilton and McPherson Families of Blount Springs, Alabama, Blount County Marriage Records 1866-1919, and Cullman County, Alabama Marriage Records 1877-1920. Blount County Heritage book is on sale for $50 during the month of March. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

TAYLOR EDMON SHELTON REUNION will be June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Brooksville Fire Department community room. All relatives of the 13 children are invited. Contact Harvey Shelton at 256-881-5252 or hndshelton@comcast.net or Betty Graham at 256-586-4339 or degraham@otelco.net for more information or questions.

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.

CARL COLEMAN FRIEND TO ANIMALS SCHOLARSHIP Students are invited to apply for the annual $500 scholarship, given to a student who has been accepted to college and has demonstrated a dedication to the well-being of animals through community service. Visit www.bcasi411.com for an application or phone 647-8340. Deadline to submit applications is April 1.

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.

APPALACHIAN PTSO BANQUET AND AUCTION The annual fundraising event will be Saturday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the AHS gym. Tickets are $25 each and the buffet will be catered byWhiskers Catfish. Each ticket will be eligible to win a grand prize. Phone 274-9712 for more information.

J.B. PENNINGTON FARM EQUIPMENT AUCTION The consignment auction will be Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public and all types of farm, construction, lawn equipment, trailers, tools, and more will be auctioned off. Consignment items may be brought to the school beginning Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, at noon. Donated items will also be accepted, and proceeds benefit the school. Phone the school at 429-4101 with questions.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will have the annual Blue Ribbon Dinner on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at World Outreach Center in Oneonta. The dinner is prepared by Lee Alexander of Charlie B’s Restaurant, and entertainment provided by humorist and songwriter Aaron Wilburn. Sponsor a table of eight for $250. For reservations and sponsorships, phone 274-7226.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a pancake breakfast Saturday, April 18, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. The $5 plate includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, and drink. Proceeds benefit the department.

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

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.

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.

‘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.

BLOUNT COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL will host a ‘Making Strides for Literacy’ fun walk through downtown Oneonta on Saturday, April 25, at 9:00 a.m. The walk will begin at Oneonta Public Library and participating downtown merchants will give discounts for customers wearing the ‘Making Strides for Literacy’ shirt. The K-6 classroom with the most students registered will receive $100 in new books for their classroom library. The $10 per person registration fee includes free books and a T-shirt. Following the walk, there will be face painting, art activities, and storytelling for children, a book sale, and a bake sale. Register by April 17 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at any elementary media center or Blountsville and Oneonta Public libraries. Phone Rebecca Shew at 256- 615-5614 or Amy at the Oneonta Public Library. Proceeds benefit summer reading programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE A Vegetable gardening basics program will be offered on Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. and is open to those who wish to improve yields in gardens and varieties of vegetables recommended for this area. The program will be conducted at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. Phone the extension office at 274-2129 for information or to register for the programs.

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 BUSINESS ASSOCIATION In conjunction with the 14th Annual June Fling on June 6, the Second Annual Singing Showdown will be held June 5-6. Audition video deadlines have been extended and should be submitted by April 10 either by mail or uploading to the OBA YouTube channel by sending it to f7lalmj0t03z@m.youtube.com. Booth applications are also being accepted for the event. For booth guidelines, registration forms, and complete contest rules and entry form, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will hold its next meeting Saturday, April 25, in the conference room of the Oneonta Public Library at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited.

WEST BLOUNT FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DISTRICT dues are being accepted. The mandatory taxdeductible 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.

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.

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 Capt. Edward Gean at 229-9193 or Scott Fendley at 446-0723 for additional information.

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