NEWS BRIEFS



ROBERT E. LEE BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCE The 17th annual event will be Monday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m., in front of the Blount County Courthouse. Guest speaker will be Jimmy Hill, there will be a 21-gun salute, and Glenna Boyd Caldwell will sing “How Firm a Foundation.” Afterwards, the group plans to eat at the Busy Bee Restaurant in Allgood. Phone R.C. Smith at 274- 2600, 681-1879, or Van Gunter at 991-9021 for more information.

UNITY CELEBRATION will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 12:15 p.m., on the steps of the Blount County Courthouse. The group plans to celebrate the unity that comes when all people are recognized as God’s creations and worthy of respect, dignity, and love. The event will feature a short program and lunch afterward at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church.

BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will hold its next meeting on Saturday Jan. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Oneonta Public Library. The public is invited.

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 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 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 every third Thursday at 6 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital in the cafeteria. For more information call Charlie at 681-3918 or Tammy at 493-0223.

EVENTS

HOME, GARDEN, AND FARM SHOW will be March 12-13 at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Booth size is 10’ x 10’ and are $50 until Feb. 1, $75 after Feb. 1. Phone 274-8839 or 478-9739, or visit www.bcoabc.com for registration forms and more information.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fundraising fish fry on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $11 plate is your choice of fish, shrimp, or chicken with all the fixings. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK Jane Wright will teach a pine-needle basket-making class on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. The park is open for weddings, receptions, showers, and meetings. Phone 429-2468 for reservation information.

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 DULCIMER GROUP holds jam sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Amilea Porter Building at Palisades Park through March.

BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Want to learn to crochet? Classes will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and continue each Tuesday through February. Bring yarn, scissors, and a size G crochet hook. 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 is offering one-on-one computer classes. Phone 274-7641 to schedule a time.

Super Savers couponing workshop with Clara Christopher will be Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. All participants will receive a free coupon binder. Phone the library to reserve a spot.

Library hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information on library programs.

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP is now accepting applications for winter assistance. Phone 625-6079 for more information and to be put on a waiting list.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING is working with None Suffers Lack Ministry accepting donations and supplies to be distributed to senior citizens in the area. Tax deductible monetary donations will be used to provide meals to seniors. Mail checks to M4A, PO Drawer 618, Saginaw, AL 35137. Phone M4A at 866-570-2998 for drop-off locations and 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. 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.

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.