NEWS BRIEFS



HAYDEN SENIOR CITIZEN DAY will be today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. Bring a covered dish and enjoy games, live music, and fellowship.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will benefit from a three-day silent auction sponsored by Hometown Bank. To see items (which include Barons tickets, hand-made furniture and decorations, jewelry, and power tools) and make bids, stop by Hometown Bank’s Oneonta branch Wednesday, April 15, through Friday, April 17, during regular business hours. For more information, phone BCCC at 205- 274-7226.

TOWN OF CLEVELAND will have an open house at the new Cleveland Community Center on Thursday, 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.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be Saturday, April 18, from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the J.B. Pennington High School lunchroom. The $6 all you care to eat plate includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, and drink. All proceeds benefit Lion’s Club community projects.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will host the Run 4 Life 5K Saturday, April 18, at the Highland Lake Anchor. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Pre-register at www.active.com for $25 (day of the race fee is $30). There is a $20 registration fee for the Walk 4 Life. Visit www.bcsavalife.com or call 205-625-5416 for more information.

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER There will be a four-hour easy whitewater rafting trip on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring your own brown-bag lunch and water. The cost is $35 per person with proceeds benefitting FLFR. Phone Stephen Guesman at 205-919- 6131 or email friends@FLFR.org to register.

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.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth applications for the 14th Annual June Fling on June 6 are being accepted. For booth guidelines and registration forms, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY QUILTERS GUILD will award a $1,000 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.

‘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.

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.

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 FARMER’S MARKET will open on Saturdays in May at the Blount County/Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Hours are 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 274- 8839 for more information.

COMMUNITY ACTION BLOUNT COUNTY and Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) will have a free workshop for adults with arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. Learn to manage your illness. Workshops meet on Fridays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. for six weeks, beginning April 10. Phone 625-6079 to register.

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 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

EARTH DAY AT EXTENSION OFFICE The Blount County Extension Office, in observance of Earth Day, invite students to come by and decorate trash cans to be delivered to schools and parks throughout the county. Decorating will be Saturday, April 18, beginning at 9 a.m. Phone 274-2129 with 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.

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.

CULLMAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER announces upcoming seminars/meetings:

Understanding and Managing Arthritis on Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. Cost of the lunch and seminar is $5 for members, $8 for non-members.

Bosom Buddies Support Group will meet Monday, April 20, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting will be Tuesday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m.

Adult Diabetes Supprt Group Meeting will be Thursday, April 23, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. For a complete list of support groups and events at CRMC, visit www.crmchospital.com or phone 256-737-2033 for more information.

GOLDENLIVING CENTER will hold a Life South blood drive on Tuesday, April 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. GoldenLiving is located at 215 Valley Road in Oneonta. The center will have a seminar titled “Project Lifesaver – Protecting your loved ones with dementia” on Thursday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. Lt. Wesley Neill of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department will be the speaker. Phone GoldenLiving at 274-2365 for more information.

APPALACHIAN SPRING FESTIVAL will be Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until the games are done. The event will be at the softball/baseball field and includes food, raffles, vendors, a bounce house, and free admission.

DARYL COLEMAN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT will be held Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. at Cleveland High School. Mr. Coleman was involved in an auto accident which left him paralyzed and all proceeds from the tournament will benefit the family. There will also be a three-point shooting contest, concession stand, bake sale, and silent auction. Admission is $5 for ages 11 and up, free for ages 10 and under.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County will sponsor two workshops this summer at Oneonta High School auditorium. The workshops will be June 1-6 with Aladdin performed on Saturday, June 6, and July 6-11, with Sleeping Beauty performed on Saturday, July 11. There are a limited number of roles available. Visit the council’s Facebook page or e-mail rbrewer3172@gmail.com for registration information.

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 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.

offered as a thank you for the donation. Phone captain Edward Gean at 229-9193 or Scott Fendley at 446-0723 for additional information.

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.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 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.

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