THE ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will meet Tuesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Miller’s Soda Shoppe. All members and interested citizens are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

ONEONTA FIRE DEPARTMENT will conduct fire hydrant testing during the month of April. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., firefighters will be flowing water from hydrants throughout the city limits of Oneonta. As a result, this procedure could produce a slight discoloration in the water, but in no way affects the safety or taste of the drinking water. The flushing is necessary to test the function of the fire hydrant and to remove any natural sediment accumulated in the water lines. Phone the Oneonta Fire Department at 274-2752 with questions.

FEDERAL E-VERIFY PROGRAM BEGINS APRIL 1 Farmers must begin using the federal e-Verify program for new employees beginning April 1, as required by Alabama’s new immigration law. For more information on Alabama’s immigration law, visit For information on e-Verify, visit

MORTON REUNION Descendants of John Wesley and Jimmie Octavana Gibson Morton will meet at Snead Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (42514 State Hwy 75), Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. Marshall Morton Sr. and his sons traveled to Blount County from Pendleton, S.C., as early as 1820. Every Morton descendant is welcome to attend. Bring a covered dish and enjoy lunch, fellowship, and photographs. Pictures to be included in the video presentation should be sent to Teresa at A photographer will be on-hand for portraits and group pictures.

ONEONTA ATHLETIC BOOSTERS $10,000 GIVEAWAY Purchase a $100 ticket which includes two steak dinners, chances at door prizes, and a chance to win $10,000. The dinner and drawing will be held April 26 at Heritage Golf. There is a limited number of tickets and they can be purchased from any Oneonta coach or Ricky Hicks at 274-2359.

GRAMMY-NOMINATED BLUEGRASS VOCALIST CLAIRE LYNCH will perform with her award-winning band on Sunday, April 22, in Blount Springs at 4:30pm. and The Claire Lynch Band will perform during the Civil War Remembrance weekend in Blount Springs. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased via e-mail at

ROSA VFD AND PALS are sponsoring a community cleanup April 1-14. Items must be in bags and dropped off at Rosa Volunteer Fire Department or Stephen Jonah King Community Center. Questions? Phone Vicky Glass at 237-5013.

ROYAL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will meet April 9 from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Royal Community Center.