NEWS BRIEFS



GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER will have a seminar titled ‘Project Lifesaver – Protecting your loved ones with dementia’ tomorrow, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. Lt. Wesley Neill of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department will be the speaker. Phone 274-2365 for more information.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive.

BLOUNT COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNING COMMITTEE will have a meeting open to all Treasure Forest members, forest landowners, and interested residents on Wednesday, May 6, at 9 a.m. in the Frank Green Building auditorium. Phone Merry Gaines at 274-2363 with questions.

J.B. PENNINGTON BAND BOOSTERS will meet at Ken’s BBQ on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The group will vote on officers for the next school year.

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.

KENT FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park.

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.

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 Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.- net for more information.

HARPO MEETING The Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization will meet Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the Depot at Oneonta Rec Park. The main topic of the meeting is an update on transportation projects. Phone Laurel Land at 264-8473 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.

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.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS Tickets are on sale now for the hilarious comedy, Things My Mother Taught Me. Performance dates are May 9-10 and May 15-16. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday show begins at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.coveredbridgeplayers.com.

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.

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 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 10×13 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.

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 is accepting booth applications for the 14th Annual June Fling on June 6. For booth guidelines, registration forms, and complete contest rules and entry form, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.- com.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

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.

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.

‘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 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, doublespaced, 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.

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.

USDA URGES GOOD RECORD KEEPING The USDA’s Farm Service Agency urges livestock producers affected by natural disasters to keep thorough records, such as livestock and feed losses incurred as a result of unexpected winter weather or other natural disasters. The 2014 Farm Bill can provide an avenue to help farmers and ranchers during difficult times. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov to learn more about these and other programs.

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.

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.

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