NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will meet tomorrow, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. Speaker will be Alabama State Treasurer, Young Boozer.

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.

ONEONTA FIRE HYDRANT TESTING will be conducted through Monday, June 1, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The procedure could produce a slight discoloration in the water but does not affect the safety or taste of the drinking water. Phone the Oneonta Fire Department at 274-2752 with questions.

SNEAD WATER WORKS will begin accepting credit/debit cards for payment of water bills in the office only on June 1. No payments will be accepted over the phone.

BLOUNT COUNTY EXTENSION will offer a Diabetes Empowerment Education series held on consecutive Tuesdays between June 2 and July 14, from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Extension Office conference room. The program is free and open to those who wish to learn more about diabetes. Phone 274-2129 to register or for additional information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual Singing Showdown will kick off with the solo preliminary round on Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m. on the Hometown Bank Stage downtown. The 26 singers will be narrowed down to 10-12 finalists. Duet/group competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, with finals beginning at 1 p.m. and winners announced before 3 p.m. There will be other entertainment, a fashion show, and much more during the June Fling. The OBA is accepting booth applications for June Fling. For booth guidelines, registration forms, and complete contest rules and entry forms, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING will be Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at Charlie B’s Restaurant.

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.

TOWN OF DOUGLAS YARD SALE The second annual event will be Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Residents, civic groups, businesses, school groups, and churches are participating. To register a yard sale site, phone the Douglas Town Hall at 256-593-9534.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will offer several craft classes this summer. Learn how to make a pine straw basket on Saturday, June 6, at the park. Cost is $5 per student. Later classes include rag rugs, pottery, and weaving. Phone 429-2468 for more information.

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. 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.

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 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 Summer reading program is in progress and will end June 25 with story time each Friday. Prizes will be awarded to top readers on June 26 at a pizza party. 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 1954 through 1958 Locust Fork High School yearbooks. The museum is searching for information on the Bangor community and Bangor Cave. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.