NEWS BRIEFS



TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER The group and the Sierra Club will sponsor an easy canoe trip on the river Saturday, April 11, meeting at 9 a.m. at the Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, and dry clothes. Phone Vicky Wilson to register at 960-4524, email vickywilson58@hotmail.com, or visit flfr.org for more information. There will be a four-hour easy whitewater rafting trip on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $35 per person with proceeds benefitting FLFR. Phone Carol Hunt at 956- 0923 or email carolhunt17@bellsouth.net to register.

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 by Whiskers 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.

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.

‘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.

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 You Tube 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have an open house at the new Cleveland Community Center on Monday, April 16, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. The address is 517 Park Road, Cleveland.

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. The center is selling $5 tickets for a chance to win prizes to be given away that night, which include a 6-month membership to The Gym, a two-night stay at Ross Bridge Resort, a pair of gold and lemon quartz earrings and a men’s watch from Shirley’s Fine Jewelry, a three-night stay at Charles and Helen Cleveland’s River Place Condo in Pigeon Forge, a season pass for two from The Covered Bridge Players, or a round of golf from Heritage Golf. For reservations for the banquet, sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, phone 274-7226.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD will award a $1000 tuition scholarship to two graduating Blount County high school seniors. Applicants should write an essay on the topic ‘What quilts mean to me.’ Essays should be 500-600 words, double-spaced, and will be judged on development of the topic, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Include name, high school, address and phone number on cover sheet and mail to The Blount County Quilters Guild, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta, AL 35121. Phone 994-4749 with questions.

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, blountboe.net, or picked up at elementary school offices. Students must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

BLOUNT COUNTY LITERACY COUNCIL will host a ‘Making Strides for Literacy’ fun walk through downtown Oneonta on Saturday, April 25, at 9 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.

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 today.

ALABAMA FARM AND POULTRY EXPO The second annual event will be held Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Boaz Outlet Center and include exhibits, arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s area, entertainment, and much more. Phone the Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-593-8154, email chamber@boazchamberofcommerce.com, or visit boazchamberofcommerce.com 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.

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.

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 DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park.