NEWS BRIEFS



NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, July 16, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Guest speaker will be Anthony Campbell, editor of The Advertiser Gleam newspaper.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly meeting tomorrow, July 16, at 6 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. The meeting will feature an education forum consisting of Hayden principals. The public is invited.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will meet on Saturday, July 25, at 9:30 a.m., in the conference room of the Oneonta Public Library. The public is welcome to attend.

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Friday, July 17, at 9 a.m. in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta.

MUSTANG BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONSIGNMENT SALE will be Thursday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, July 25 (50% off day), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Southeastern High School Gym. Infant through college-age clothing, toys, books, and baby items will be available. For more information, go to www.facebook- .com/MustangConsignmentSale. Sale is sponsored by the Southeastern High School Girls Basketball Team.

WONDERFUL WORLD OF FOSSIL FORMATION workshop will be Tuesday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Participants, ages 5 to adult, will get hands-on experience classifying, making casts, and polishing fossils. Registration is limited to 15. Call Amy Rhudy at 625-6905 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday to register.

EVENTS

CLASSIC CRUISE-IN CAR SHOW and concert will be Saturday, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. Winners and finalists of the Singing Showdown will perform. Bring your lawn chair, grab a bite to eat, and shop. Visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com for information on this and other OBA events.

THIS AND THAT

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Gaither Pottery will conduct a pottery class on Aug. 1 using Blount County clay. Cost is $10 and begins at 9 a.m. until the class decides to end.

Crystal Kitchens will teach a class on making rag rugs using the Navajo knot method on Sept. 5. The class is $10 and begins at 9 a.m. Class space is limited. Phone 429- 2468 for more information on either class.

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

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. 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 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 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.

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.

‘Finding your Civil War family’s experience’ will be the topic of a talk given by Robert S. Davis at the museum on Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. For more information, phone the museum or contact Davis by email at robert.davis@wallacestate.edu.

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.

REUNIONS

LOCUST FORK HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1985 will have a reunion on Saturday, July 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park. Class members are asked to bring items based on the beginning letter of their last (or maiden) name: A-H bring a meat dish; I-P bring a side dish; Q-Z bring a dessert. Contact Victor Hallman at 915-2568 or Gina Godwin Ventola at 303-931-4587 for more information.

SUSAN MOORE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1957 will have a reunion on Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Snead. Questions? Phone Jo Ann at 446-7100.

SANDLIN REUNION The 81st consecutive annual Sandlin reunion will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Cold Springs Community Center, 8821 Co. Rd. 109, Bremen. Covered dish lunch at noon. For more information, call Patsy Lee (Sandlin) Medlock at 205-995-7988 or email patsymedlock@bellsouth.net.

HIPP AND MURPHREE REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m., at Rock Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located on Co. Hwy. 6. All descendants are encouraged to come and bring a covered dish and family pictures to share. For more information, call Jerry Alldredge at 205-429-3321 or Ivalee (Hipp) Darmer at 256-572-1946.

SERVICES

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 Avenue, 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.

LITERACY COUNCIL READING TUTORS Know an adult who wants to learn to read? The Blount County Literacy Council has trained volunteer reading tutors and the service is free to Blount County residents. Phone Rebecca at 256-615-5614 for more information.

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT Many students from foreign countries are awaiting word for the 2015-16 school year. Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a high school student. The student is fully insured, brings spending money and expects to be included in family activities and have household responsibilities. Phone World Heritage at 800-888-9040 or visit www.whhosts.com for more information.

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.

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.

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.