BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION released the following updated meeting notices: budget meeting Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.; special called meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m., to consider FY2020 budget adoption, vacating unnamed road in D-3 associated with the estate of Randy Earl Copeland, consider authorizing the purchase of a backhoe for D-1 off National Joint Purchasing Alliance, and consider authorizing bids for the purchase of four pick-up trucks for each district foreman; October work session Thursday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.; October business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. (held early due to Oct. 14 Columbus Day holiday).

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. Ann Marie Stephens from the county health department is guest speaker.

THIRD THURSDAYS The newly formed Oneonta Downtown District (ODD) invites all ages to Third Thursday tomorrow, Sept. 19. Participating merchants will remain open until 8 p.m. to offer unique shopping experiences and a Sip + Stroll. Purchase a cup for $5 and visit each merchant for a complimentary beverage (and a snack). Proceeds benefit ODD and a selected non-profit organization (this month’s benefactor is Friends of the Locust Fork River.) Visit for more information and a list of participating merchants.

COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS Tickets are on sale for “Rumors.” Shows will be Sept. 20 through 22 (Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.) For more information or to purchase tickets, phone 205-274-7469 or visit

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1970 will have a reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at The Hitchin’ Post, 3019 County Highway 14, Snead. Lunch will be served around 1 p.m. for $15 per plate. Contact Sharon Woodard at 205- 429-2883 or 205-237-1734 for more information.

BROOKSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE AND RESCUE will have a fish fry Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The $12 plate includes your choice of fish, chicken, shrimp, or a combination, slaw, fries, hush puppies, dessert, and drink.

CARS AT THE CAVE will be Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Rickwood Caverns State Park. There will be food vendors, music, and prizes. General admission is $3. Free registration for all vehicles. Phone the park office at 205-647-9692 for information.

ONEONTA BIKE PATROL AND RESERVES will have a Swamp John’s fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Oneonta City Depot. Plates are $12 and include fish, shrimp, chicken, or combo and all the sides. Tickets are available at the Oneonta Police Department.

J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION will have the annual dinner Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m., at Blountsville Elementary School. Whiskers Catfish and Chicken will cater. $25 per person. Carry outs available at 5:30 p.m. Drawings will be held for door prizes and three grand prizes. Tickets are available at the J.B. Pennington High School office.

SOUTHERN HERITAGE FESTIVAL The Blountsville Historical Society invites you to celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial Saturday, Oct. 5, at Blountsville Historical Park. There will be food, craft demonstrations, music, and period costumes. Admission is free; parking is $5. All proceeds benefit the park.

MINISTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE Samford University’s Ministry Training Institute fall term continues through Oct. 7 (ZMTI 105 Minor Prophets) and Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (ZMTI 106A Biblical Foundations I). All classes meet Monday, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Oneonta Fellowship Hall. Tuition is $50 plus book. Register at Phone 205-625- 3191 for more information.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 18. If your class would like to ride in the parade or have reserved seating at the game, contact Shannon Jones, assistant principal, at 205-545-5913. The parade begins at 3 p.m.

AGING: RESPONDING TO THE CALL is a free training conference for law enforcement and first responders. Six CEUs can be earned Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Heritage Golf Course, 1364 Heritage Road, Oneonta. Lunch will be provided. Register online at register. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. Phone 205-670-5770 or email for more information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Tomorrow, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Novel Destinations Book Club will meet to discuss Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. New members are always welcome.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.: Lego club will meet. Our three favorite builds will be featured on social media.

Monday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Hangouts challenges teens to build the strongest tower with the least materials.

English as a Second Language lab is Mondays at 4:30 p.m.

Story Hour is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

ESL classes are Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

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 or phone 205-274-7641 for more information on library programs.

BEEF SYSTEMS SHORT COURSE will be on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 24 through Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Topics include forages and nutrition, herd health and reproduction, record keeping and environmental stewardship, and economics and meat science. Cost is $40. Register online at beef-systems-shortcourse. Contact Regional Extension Agent Gerry Thompson at 256-508- 2020 or or visit Blount County Alabama Extension Facebook page for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION Fall bee school begins Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The free classes will meet each Thursday through Nov. 14. We cover everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping. The group meets every fourth Thursday (January through October), from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the Blount County Resource Center, 62561 U.S. Highway 231, Cleveland. Those interested in honey bees or beekeeping are invited. We regularly purchase bees and supplies as a group. Door prizes are given at each meeting. You must be present to win. For more information contact Lonnie Funderburg at or Harold Deason at

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASS will be Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and the class is free to attend. Phone Sonya at 256-638-4430 ext. 150 with questions.

HAYDEN COMMUNITY CENTER will have Senior Days every Tuesday and Friday, from 10 a.m until 1 p.m., through October.

OPERATION GRATEFUL HEART is recognizing all Vietnam veterans as grand marshals for the 2019 Blount County Veterans Parade. All Vietnam veterans are asked to sign up for the parade at the Blount County Memorial Museum during regular hours, Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Phone Amy Rhudy at 205-625-6905 for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION “Stars Fell on Oneonta” Annual Awards Dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., on the street in front of Swamp- Tails. There will also be entertainment and door prizes. Visit the website for ticket information.

The OBA meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the St. Vincent’s Blount board room.

“Light the Town,” a fundraising campaign to replace downtown rooftop Christmas lights, has met it’s Phase 1 goal. Contributions can be made for Phase 2 through the OBA’s website or mailed to P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. Plans are being made for the Christmas tree and holiday decorating contests, the community Christmas tree lighting, and other holiday activities. Visit, oneontabusinessassociation, or phone 205-446-0462 for more information about holiday and all OBA events.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB meets the last Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cleveland Fire Department. Those with an interest in photography at any skill level are invited. Phone 205-559- 2203 or 205-274-8608 for more information.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE meets every Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Main Street Coffee, adjacent to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by casual conversation about the real-life topic of the week. Visit to learn more. No charge.