NEWS BRIEFS



BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly chamber lunch today at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage golf course. Guest speaker is Earl Warren, director of development for Jacksonville State University.

ONEONTA REC CENTER will have open gym Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Water and Powerade will be available for purchase. Phone 625-3534 for more information.

PINE MOUNTAIN ANNUAL BBQ AND BLUEGRASS will be Saturday, June 27, at the Pine Mountain Community Center, 4481 Pine Mountain Road, Remlap. Bluegrass begins at noon with groups performing through 7 p.m. Adult and child plates are $7.50 and $5.00; sandwich and drink is $4.

JAMES E. CARR RETIREMENT RECEPTION will be Sunday, June 28, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church fellowship hall. The public is invited.

FIREWORKS IN THE PARK will be Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Locust Fork Community Park. Sponsored by Locust Fork Baptist Church, the event will feature food, inflatables, and Greg McDougal will perform. The fireworks display will be from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have the regular board meeting Monday, June 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 129 in Blountsville will have the annual July 4 barbecue and will begin serving at 11 a.m. The $8 plate includes your choice of chicken or pork, baked beans, coleslaw, drink, and dessert. The Ladies Auxillary will have homemade ice cream for $1 per cup.

HAYDEN PRIMARY SCHOOL will have registration for kindergarten and new students in first and second grades on Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. until noon.

LOCUST FORK HIGH SCHOOL will have registration and orientation on Monday, Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be in the cafeteria and grades 7-9 will be in the break room/old lunchroom. Students may pick up schedules and pay fees this day.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL will have registration and students may pick up schedules and pay fees on Monday, Aug. 3, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

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. Con-tact 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.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Bam!Pow! Read! summer reading program is in progress. Special events planned each week for children and adults. Phone 274- 7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will have a ‘Sounds of Liberty’ program Saturday, July 4, from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. Celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the ringing of the Liberty Bell on July 4, 1776. Many states will ring their Liberty Bell at that hour.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Summer reading program is in progress and will end June 25 with prizes 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM along with the Blount County Historical Society are creating a Heritage Book. Submissions with original photos and articles may be taken to the museum at 204 2nd St. N. or mailed to BCMM, P.O. Box 45, Oneonta, AL 35121

The Murphree Genealogical Association Convention will be held at the Woodmen of the World building on July 31 and Aug. 1. Registration and payment are due by July 14. Visit www.murphree.us or phone Amy at the museum for more information. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM sponsored by the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama will be providing free meals to children 18 years and younger at no cost. Meals will be served at the Ratchford Child Development Center at 600 Jackson Ave., Oneonta. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 am. until 12:30 p.m. and must be eaten on site. Meals will be served weekdays through July 31, except July 3.

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.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the private dining room at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital and is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Refreshments will be served. The next meeting is Thursday, July 9, due to the holiday.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County will sponsor a workshop 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.

BLOUNT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS will have the fall conference on Oct. 1 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Contact Sherilyn Osborne at 681-9896 or sherilynosborne@bellsouth.net or Wanda Perrin at 681-9091 or wandaperrin72@yahoo.com for more information or to register.

SUSAN MOORE FIRE DEPARTMENT will add a $5 per month donation to water bills beginning July 1 to residents in the Susan Moore fire district serviced by Blount County Water Authority.