NEWS BRIEFS



SNEAD STATE ALUMNI MIXER has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Jules Berta Vineyards and Winery in Albertville, from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The $15 cost includes a brick oven pizza dinner. RSVP by calling 256- 840-4103 or email alumni@snead.edu.

DOTS FOR DUCK A motorcycle ride hosted by KC Cruisers on Aug. 22 will help raise money to purchase a headstone for the grave of David ‘Duck’ Fields, a Vietnam veteran. The ride will begin at 11 a.m. at the Oneonta Depot on Ala 75 with registration to begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 per bike, $5 per rider. There will be a LifeSouth Bloodmobile, door prizes, food, and much more. Phone Becky at 515-1108 for more information. Rain date is Sept. 5.

SCAM JAM AND HEALTH FAIR will be Friday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m. at The Beech Center in Cullman. Learn about fraud prevention, how to identify scams, and how to protect yourself in those situations. Attendees can get free health checks and screenings, lunch, and win door prizes. Phone 256-734-1241 for more information.

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.

WALLACE STATE GENEALOGY CLASSES The continuing education department at Wallace State Community College offers non-credit genealogy classes during the fall semester. Class titles include Introduction to Genealogy, Southern Genealogy, Genealogy and the Computer, Advanced Genealogy, and Civil War Era Geneaology. Registration is $25 per class and individuals can register at www.wallacestate.edu/ce or by calling 256-352-8172.

WALLACE STATE FALL REGISTRATION Fall semester registration continues through Aug. 19 and classes begin Aug. 13. Visit www.wallacestate.edu for more information and a complete list of fall classes or phone Lion Central at 256-352- 8236 or 866-350-9722.

FALL MASTER GARDENER CLASS OFFERED The Blount County Extension office is accepting applications for the upcoming class which consists of 48 hours of instruction. Topics include gardening, landscape design, insect and disease identification, plant propagation, and much more. Interested residents are strongly encouraged to register and participate, as the next opportunity to take the class in Blount County will be in 2017. Phone the extension office at 274-2129 for more information.

AGRICULTURE

ARC AND PLC PROGRAMS OPEN ENROLLMENT will end Sept. 30 for the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2014 and 2015. The programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. Visit www.usda.gov/farmbill for more information.

MEETINGS

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Friday, Aug. 14, at 8:30 a.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m.

HARPO MEETING The Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization will meet Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Depot at the Oneonta Rec Field. Discussion will focus on the conception to completion of transportation projects. Phone 265-8473 or email lland@rpcgb.org 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.

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.

THIS AND THAT

DOUGLAS SENIOR CENTER FLEA MARKET/ YARD SALE will be Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the parking lot between the football field and the center. Vendors are encouraged to participate and groups associated with Douglas Schools will not be charged a vendor fee. Phone 256-840-1440 between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Crystal Kitchens will teach a class on making rag rugs using the Navajo knot method on Saturday, Sept. 5. The class is $10 and begins at 9 a.m. Back by popular demand are the pine straw basket making class on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and another pottery class to be scheduled. Class space is limited. Phone 429-2468 for more information.

ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will have the third annual Holiday Decorating Contest this Christmas season. Entries must register by Nov. 20 and be decorated by Dec. 1 for judging. There will be prizes for first, second, third, people’s choice, and three honorable mentions. Winners will be announced Dec. 17. Entry forms are available at Miller’s Soda Shoppe or Downtown Antiques 2 Junk on First Avenue.

Christmas Open House will be Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. Santa will be available for photos and participating merchants will give away door prizes. Visit www.oneontabusinesassociation.com for entry forms and information on other upcoming events.

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 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 Upcoming free classes offered include: Citizenship classes, meeting Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; English classes meeting Tuesdays at 11 a.m.; Basic Computer classes meeting Thursdays at 11 a.m.; and Intermediate Computer (Excel) classes meeting Thursdays at 1 p.m. Phone 274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM is searching for photos of: Hayden Missionary Baptist Church, built in the 1920s; the Hayden schoolhouse, built around 1915; and the waterfalls at Blount Springs.

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

REUNIONS

SWANN FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. until ? at Cleveland First Baptist Church fellowship hall. There will be a catered luncheon at 1 p.m.

MURPHREE REUNION Descendants of Solomon and May Elam Murphree are invited to the reunion at Amilea Porter Center at Palisades Park on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share. Phone Stan Murphree at 901-4505 with questions.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1980 will celebrate the 35th class reunion on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Homecoming football game. For more information, email oneontaclassof1980@gmail.com.

SERVICES

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.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY will begin the next session Sunday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at 300 3rd Avenue East, Oneonta. 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 13-17, will be offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256-390-4633, email divorcecareblount1@gmail.com, or visit DivorceCare.org 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.

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.

CRITTERS

‘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.

EDUCATION

BLOUNT COUNTY KID CRAFTERS CLASS The Parent Involvement Program is designed to introduce skills needed for pre-K (age 3-5) children to prepare for kindergarten while parents learn to create acitivites that will reinforce the skills at home. The class is free of charge to children living in Blount County and outside Oneonta city limits and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Ten weekly sessions begin Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Phone 274-5600 ext. 3034 to register or for more information.