NEWSBRIEFS



BLOUNTSVILLE TOWN MEETING will be held at the town hall Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. State Sen. Scott Beason will be the featured speaker. Beason is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Spencer Bachus.

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL and FFA will hold a consignment auction Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m. Shop and farm equipment will be auctioned. Consignments are welcome. The PHS baseball team will have a pancake breakfast that day beginning at 6:30 a.m. Check www.jbpauction.webs.com for more details.

REGISTRATION FOR MINI TERM II AT WALLACE STATE will be held March 7 and 8. Classes begin March 8 and end May 7. Mini-term classes are available day, evening, and weekend. Registration information is available online at www.wallacestate.edu, or phone (256) 352-8000 or 866-350-9722.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING (M4A) will host the second annual Blooming Benefits Day for Blount County residents who are 55 or older and disabled. The event will be Tuesday, March 27, at Lester Memorial Methodist Church. One-on-one counseling will be available to assist with Medicare Savings Program, food stamps, extra help through Social Security, veteran’s benefits, and much more. To register to attend this event or to make a donation, phone M4A at 866-570-2998.

LOCAL BUSINESSES TO CONNECT AT WORKSHOP The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and MyMarketStreet.com will host a workshop titled “Get your business connected” Wednesday, March 14, from 7:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m. at Parties & Such by Becky at 40 Tidwell Hollow Road in Allgood. The onehour workshop will be conducted by MyMarketStreet CEO Lisa Baker who will discuss strategies for small businesses to manage online resources, including trends and social media options. MyMarketStreet is an online business directory and marketplace that connects consumers and businesses in Alabama.