NEWS BRIEFS



VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON is sponsored by Oneonta First Baptist Church and will be held tomorrow, Nov. 11, in the fellowship hall at noon. Guest speaker will be Col. B. Travis Keith, U.S. Army, retired. Tickets can be picked up for the free event at the church office, or phone 625- 3191 to reserve a seat.

WEST BLOUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is asking for nominations for the 2015 Citizen of the Year. Submissions should include a few paragraphs describing the individual or business and why they should receive the honor. Nominations are accepted at Traditions Bank or Hayden Town Hall and are due by Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Thanksgiving and Recognition Dinner will be Thursday, Nov. 19.

U.S. CONGRESSMAN GARY PALMER constituent services director Denise Weaver, will be in Oneonta on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Oneonta City Hall. Ms. Weaver plans to meet with residents who have difficulties processing requests through a federal agency. Phone 968-1290 for more information.

LOCUST FORK MASONIC LODGE will sponsor a turkey shoot on Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. on Ala 79 south of Locust Fork between Reid’s Grocery and LKQ. Factory chokes only. Phone 493-2270 for more information.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a turkey shoot on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the old rock school, 79094 U.S. 231, from 8 a.m. until noon. The $5 per shot fee is for using 12-gauge, 20- gauge, or .410 shotguns. Phone 256-557-5739. Proceeds benefit the fire and rescue.

‘THE GREAT RAGE’ is a documentary that addresses questions that deal with Israel, endtimes prophecy, and the rising animosity towards the Jewish. The film will be shown at Grace Fellowship at 418 Sixth Street South in Oneonta on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. Pastors and congregational leaders are invited. Phone 274-8381 with questions.

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 ANIMAL SHELTER Hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., phone number 625-6026.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Carolyn Vest will teach how to make Christmas door decorations on Dec. 5. Phone 429-2468 for more information and reservations as class space is limited.

Pictures with Santa will be Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a free Christmas program and Open House with a live manger scene, scripture, and how Christmas was celebrated in the 1800’s on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m.

The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429- 2468 for reservation information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA is sponsoring 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, to purchase tickets, 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 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 Phone 274- 7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for information on all library programs.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Horton Mill and Easley Covered Bridge Christmas ornaments are available for $15 each. Blount County school mascot car magnets are available for $3 each or two for $5.

Free genealogy classes are offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Phone curator Amy Rhudy for more information on any activities or items for sale. Museum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., phone 625-6905.

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 BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene Makofsky at 999-8948 or Hal Hendrix at 243-8424 for more information.

REMLAP COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS is forming to meet needs in the community and help residents. Bring a brown bag lunch to the first and third Wednesday, 11 a.m. meetings, or bring your own coffee to the second Saturday meetings at 9 a.m. All meetings are held at Remlap Methodist Church on Remlap Drive.

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 PURE EARTH 4-H CLUB will meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Warrior Community Center. The special interest club is for ages 5-19 and is dedicated to teach young people how to be good stewards of the earth.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP meets the third 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. Call 256-565-3012 for more information.

ALACARE HOME HEALTH Breakfast Club is for adults experiencing the loss of a loved one and meets the second Friday of each month from 9 a.m until 10 a.m. The group meets at 1409 2nd Avenue East (across from Sonic). Phone 274-9188 to register or for more information.

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.

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.

DIVORCECARE BLOUNT COUNTY continues to meet on Sundays 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, whose parents are separated or divorced, is also offered. Phone Dawn King at 283-3357, Pam Dean at 256- 390-4633, 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.

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