QUILTERS OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS The Blount County Quilters’ Guild is offering three $1000 scholarships to 2009 Blount County high school graduates. Only requirement for a student to be considered for a scholarship is to compose a two-page essay titled “What Quilts Mean to Me” and mail to The Blount County Quilters’ Guild, 1225 Palisades Parkway, Oneonta, AL 35121. Essays must be received by March 31. If you have questions, call guild vice president Joyce Foster at 594-3513.

SIPS ‘N STROKES BENEFIT AT HAYDEN Sips ‘n Strokes will have a benefit night Friday, March 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hayden High School with proceeds benefiting the school’s art classes and its general fund. Bring a favorite non-alcoholic beverage and join fellow painters as Wendy Lovoy, owner of Sips ‘n Strokes, leads the group in landscape painting. The $30 cost includes all supplies. Owners may take their paintings at the night’s conclusion, although there will be a silent auction of both student and professional artwork. Sign up with Amy Cutcliffe or Cindy Seaver at the high school by March 2. Ages 12-

15 must be accompanied by adults. Questions? Call 647-0397.

MUSIC AND SUPPER AT ROYAL Everyone is invited to Royal Community Center to enjoy an old-time music jam and winter chili and soup supper Friday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. String musicians from around the county will be exchanging songs, stories, and laughs, while neighbors and friends enjoy chili and soup (all kinds, mild, spicy, vegetarian, and maybe even some venison chili!) plus cornbread or French bread, drinks, and homemade desserts. “Plates” are $6 or $3 for those nine and under. The building is heated, and assorted board games and cards will be available. Proceeds from the event will go toward matching the grant just received for the park’s track repair. Questions? Call Don Graves 429-4665, Sara Rose 429-3088, or Judith Shelton 429-3305.

FREE TAX PREPARATION Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Frank Green Building auditorium, 415 Fifth Avenue East, Oneonta. Sponsors include Alabama Cooperative Extension System, IRS, Superior Bank, and United Way of Central Alabama. Call the Extension office at 274-2129 to make an appointment.

DUCKS UNLIMITED FUNDRAISER The Blount County committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its 25th annual banquet and auction Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Sarah’s Cafe. Chairman Paul Wilson of Oneonta says, “Everyone is welcome at the banquet, which will feature auctions and raffles of wildlife and sporting art, as well as goods and services donated by area businesses. Proceeds will go to support DU’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Alabama, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.” For more information, contact Wilson at 274-7129 or Jim Ellis at 915-8238.

NINTH PRIMARY HEALTH CARE FORUM is being sponsored by St. Vincent’s Blount and the Blount County Medical Society on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Twin Oaks. RNs and LPNs must bring licenses for 6/7 CEU awards. Mail name, address, and phone number to Health Care Forum, St. Vincent’s Blount, P.O. Box 1000, Oneonta, AL 35121, with registration fee of $75 for physicians and $50 for other medical professionals made payable to the Blount County Medical Society. For information, e-mail or call 274- 3000. Space is limited and registrations must be made by Feb. 20.

APPALACHIAN BOOSTERS HOST FUNDRAISER Feb. 12 at Oneonta Pizza Hut. Eagles boosters are urged to present their fundraiser tickets with payments for eat-in or carry-out meals that night, when Pizza Hut will donate 20 percent of its total sales to the club. The offer must be mentioned when placing food orders and full menu prices must be paid to make the offer valid. Fundraiser tickets are distributed through school channels but are also available at the restaurant upon request. Appalachian Boosters Club uses funds to directly support Eagles’ athletic programs. Similar events are planned for the second Thursday of every month throughout the school year.

FEBRUARY ANGEL FOOD ORDERS World Outreach Center, 2115 Second Avenue East, Oneonta, will receive February “Angel Food” orders Wednesday, Feb. 11, through Friday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oasis Bookstore. You may also order online at at any time through Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Everyone is eligible to get the approximately $50 worth of groceries for $30, regardless of income or age. Those who order by mail may pick up receipts during business hours or on distribution day. Call 625-5160 ext. 18 to confirm orders.

BENEFIT CAN COLLECTION Penny Bickerstaff is collecting cans for Relay for Life. Individuals and businesses are asked to save aluminum cans for her. She will cash in the cans Friday, April 17, and give all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. She plans drop-off sites and will also pick up cans. It would be appreciated if cans were crushed and placed in bags. Call her at 274-8588 or 446-8543.

LIGHTS! CAMERA! BOOK FAIR! is the theme of Oneonta Elementary School’s scholastic book fair Feb. 27 through March 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day to purchase books for the media center. In addition, family night will be Tuesday, March 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Held in the school’s media center, the book fair features specially priced books and educational products, including new releases, award-winning titles, children’s classics, interactive software, adult books, and current bestsellers from over 100 publishers. Contact Denise Turner 625-5098 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY 4-H YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Preparations are being made for the 4th annual Blount County 4-H Youth Leadership Program, which is a process through which young people will be educated and informed in the knowledge and skills needed to assist them in determining and achieving their desired goals and future plans. Topics will include decision making, problem solving, teambuilding, local government, and improving self-confidence and other character qualities. Program will be held on six Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. until 7 or 7:30 p.m. at the Frank Green Building Auditorium starting Feb. 24 and continuing on March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, and April 14. An all-day field trip to Montgomery is scheduled March 12. The program is open to those 9 to 19 but is geared toward junior- and senior-high school-aged students, who are allowed to miss one class and still graduate, although the absence is not advised. Preregister before Feb. 13 by calling the Blount County Extension Office at 274- 2129. For more information, ask for Wendy Ulrich or e-mail her at

TIME TO RENEW ONEONTA BUSINESS LICENSES City of Oneonta business licenses expired Dec. 31. Licenses renewed after Feb. 1 will require an additional 15 percent, and licenses renewed after March 1, an additional 30 percent. If you have questions, call 274-2135.

ONEONTA STUDENTS URGED TO JOIN TOUR Would you like to tour the ancient city of Rome, visit the Vatican, and stand amazed by the relics at Pompeii? Oneonta High School teachers Cindy O’Rear and Jennifer Bowman have organized a trip to tour Italy, and there are still a few spots open for interested students. The trip is scheduled for May 28 through June 6. For more information, contact either teacher at 625-3801 or by email at or jbowman@

WILD GAME COOK-OFF will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Pleasant Mount Baptist Church, Pine Mountain. Food sampling booths will be open, and a bluegrass band will entertain from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Game prepared will include venison, fish, pheasant, duck, and emu. Beef and chicken chili will be served for not-so-wild food fans. Anyone interested in cooking a favorite wild game dish may volunteer by calling Johnny Self at 681-1325 or Debbie Rudy at 680-1342 or 410-7929. Proceeds from donations accepted during the event will go to Blount County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that represents the interests of abused and foster children in county court cases.

MISS BLOUNT COUNTY BEAUTY PAGEANT will be held Saturday, March 14, at J.B. Pennington High School. Girls one month old through high school seniors are invited to compete. A Master Blount County will also be crowned for boys ages one month through five years. All contestants will receive a trophy, and the winner in each age division will receive a crown and a trophy. Entry fee of $60 includes four bonus events. A $20 early-entry discount will be given if received by Feb. 27. This event is sponsored by the Miss Covered Bridge Pageant, an official Miss Alabama preliminary. For more information, call 559-4127.

ALABAMA PAWS AND CLAWS CAT SHOW for pedigreed and household pet cats will be held March 21-22 at Sports Blast on Hwy 280 with proceeds to benefit TEARS. Shows will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for childlren, and $3 for seniors. For more information call 616-1651 or email

HELP TO GET BIG DOGS FIXED is available from Crossing Paths. (Big dogs are those 40 pounds and up.) Phone 279-2500 for details or call the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic in Birmingham toll free at 8777-334-9738 for details or to set appointments. You must mention that you are a Blount County resident interested in getting help through Crossing Paths.

BASIC WEATHER SPOTTERS CLASS Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.will be hosted by Blount County EMA at its office in the basement of the Blount County Courthouse. The class will be presented by the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham. When arriving, enter the courthouse at the small metal door facing the Board of Education office (old post office). Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact Doug Smith at the EMA office 625-4121.