BLOUNT COUNTY LEPC MEETING The Blount County Local Emergency Planning Committee will have the spring meeting on Wednesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Blount County EOC located in the basement of the Blount County courthouse.

ALABAMA LIFESPAN RESPITE RESOURCE NETWORK will hold a meeting titled Alabama Respite, Sharing the Care on Wednesday, March 13, at the Frank Green Building auditorium. For caregivers and community stakeholders who live in Blount County, attendees are reminded to bring a brown bag lunch for the noon meeting. Phone Sandra Smith at 274-2828, 515-4667, or e-mail for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY SOUTHERN AUTHORS UNDERGROUND will meet Saturday, March 9, at the Oneonta Public Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The group meets the second Saturday of each month.

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART The St. Clair/Blount Chapter #2213 meets the first Tuesday of the month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd. in Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for the business meeting. Meetings focus on veterans and benefits for veterans. All Purple Heart recipients from any branch of the military and any war are welcome to join. Phone Chapter Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or lonnie. for more information.

TAMALE SALE The Hispanic Christian Church of Susan Moore will have a tamale sale Saturday, March 9. The Boston butt tamales are $1 each and must be preordered. Pick up is at Friday’s Crossing after 3 p.m. Phone Liz at 456-0880 or Patty at 446-0510 to order.

BROOKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT will have a fish fry Saturday, March 16, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The $10 plate, catered by Swamp John’s, includes fish, shrimp, or chicken, dessert, and drink. Proceeds benefit Brooksville Fire Department. Phone 429-5176 for more information.

GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER BLOOD DRIVE will be held Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the parking lot. Golden LivingCenter is located at 215 Valley Road in Oneonta. Phone 274-2365 for more information.

STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SPAGHETTI DINNER The Straight Mountain Fire Department will have its annual spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday, March

9, at the Appalachian School lunchroom. Dinner will be served between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The $6 plate includes spaghetti, salad, roll, drink, and homemade cinnamon rolls. Children’s plates are $4. The auction will begin at 5 p.m. Donations of handmade items or baked goods are welcome and should be brought to the school by 5 p.m., or call 274-8509 to arrange for pickup.

BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will have a spaghetti dinner Friday, March 8, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Blountsville United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling 429-2468. Live entertainment will be provided. Proceeds will help fund a new chimney for the cabin recently moved to the Blountsville Historical Park.

JENNIFER GARMANY HALLMARK 5K MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RUN Snead State Community College and the SSCC Nurses Association are sponsoring the second annual 5K run in honor of Jennifer Garmany Hallmark, a student at SSCC who was killed during the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium and the $25 entry fee will benefit the scholarship fund. Medals will be awarded, and participants receive a Tshirt. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Langley at or phone (256) 840-4182.

‘HANSEL AND GRETEL’ will be presented by the Community Arts Council of Blount County on May 4 and May 5, at Oneonta High School. Stagehands, children, and female teen or adult singers are still needed. If interested, please phone Carol Lewey at 274-0511.

SUSAN MOORE BASKETBALL OLD TIMERS GAME Players through the class of 1999 are invited to participate in a game to be played Saturday, April 13, at 6 p.m. at the Susan Moore High School gym. Proceeds will benefit the playground fund at Mt. Pleasant Christian School. Those interested in playing should contact John Smallwood at or Denise Smallwood at, or phone 466- 7997 or (256) 506-5882.

EASTER BUNNY BONANZA will be held March 22-23 in downtown Oneonta. Sponsored by the Oneonta Business Association, “Brunch with the Bunny” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Miller’s Soda Shoppe. A limited number of tickets are available for $5 per child. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Bows to Toes or Merle Norman. Prizes will be given to children and adults at participating merchants. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available at Bows to Toes

from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visit for more information or phone Towanna Robbins at 274-7901.

CLEVELAND YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL FUNDRAISER will be held Saturday, March 9. The group will be selling smoked whole chickens, Boston butts, and ribs. Preorder by calling Josh Hayes at 353-6482. Plates and sandwiches will be available for purchase between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and high school and youth baseball tournaments will also be held that day at Cleveland Park. All proceeds benefit Cleveland Youth Baseball and Softball.

FARM EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT AUCTION The third annual J.B. Pennington FFA Farm Equipment Consignment Auction will be held at J.B. Pennington High School on Saturday, March 16, at 9 a.m. Consignment or donated items may be brought to the school Monday, March 11, through Friday, March 15, until noon. Farm, construction, lawn and garden equipment, trailers, trucks, tools, and ATVs will be auctioned. There is a 10% tax-deductible consignment fee, and 100% of donated item proceeds will benefit J.B. Pennington High School. The public may view equipment Friday, March 15, from noon until 6 p.m., and Saturday, March 16, from 7 a.m. until auction begins. Phone the school at 429-4101 or Van Alldredge at 237- 5915 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY RODEO QUEEN CONTEST will be held March 30 at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center. The contest is for ages 5–24. Horsemanship is required for ages 16–24. Winners will receive a buckle, crown, and sash. The Rodeo Queen awards include a buckle, sash, crown, custom-made saddle, a $500 scholarship, and more. Winners will be announced at the 32nd Annual Blount County Pro Rodeo, April 5–6. Visit or contact Rhonda Whitley at 466-3490, Tawanna Hallmark at 446- 1456, or Elizabeth Hallmark at 681-4044 for more information and entry forms.

CONGREGATIONAL HEALTH GROUP HEALTH FAIR the Congregational Health Group at Locust Fork Baptist Church will have their third annual health fair at the church on Sunday, April 21, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. There will be blood pressure checks, vision and hearing screening, blood sugar checks, and groups representing hospice, home health, and assisted living. There is no charge for booths, but a donation of a door prize is appreciated. There will be food and fun for the entire family. Phone Terry Hicks at 613-7220 to reserve a booth or for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE will have the Second Annual Run 4 Life 5K. The race will be at the Anchor, Highland Lake on Saturday, March 16. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Fees for adults 16- 65 are $30, youth 8-15, $25, and a lollipop dash, ages 3-8, $4. There is a $5 discount for early registration before March 14. Visit, phone 625-5416, or contact Blount County Sav-A-Life at 311 1st Ave. E., Oneonta, for more information and to register.

MISS BLOUNT COUNTY PAGEANT will be Sunday, March 17, at Oneonta High School’s Eris Horton Auditorium. The pageant is a fundraiser for the OHS Marching Band and is open to girls age one month through high school. The entry fee of $65 includes four events, and each contestant will receive a participation crown. Phone 559-4127 or e-mail for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM The museum is searching for a copy of the book, Genealogy of the Bynum Family by Mary Lou Boazman Howard. The museum is also searching for information or pictures on the Clarence community located around Susan Moore. A collection of bells on loan from Zeddie LaWayne Keith of Oneonta are on display. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., phone 625-6905.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY offers a class titled “Ereader Help” on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. The one-hour class will teach the basics of E-readers and how to check out books with the Overdrive system at the library. “Beyond the Basics” computer classes are offered each Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Picture This teaches digital photo editing, storage, and sharing. Classes meet Thursdays from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Visit the library,, phone 274-7641, or visit the library’s Facebook page to see what exciting programs are on the calendar. Tuesday programs are offered free and most begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

BLOUNTSVILLE RESIDENTS who are wheelchairbound are asked to call Randy at 429-2438. Information is being gathered to provide community improvements.

ONE-ON-ONE SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING Jacksonville State University Small Business Development Center, the SBA, and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce will offer one-on-one counseling for prospective and existing small business owners at no charge on Tuesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. until noon at the chamber office. Phone 274-2153 to make the necessary appointment.

FREE AARP TAX PREPARATION at the Oneonta Public Library. All ages welcome. Call (205) 358-6026 to make an appointment with a volunteer.

AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER or ADRC, a program of the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), raises visibility about the full range of available options, both public and private benefits and resources for long term support and services. Residents of Blount County can receive assistance every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Phone 866-570- 2998 to schedule an appointment. For online assistance, visit

BEAT THE ‘HEAT’ BEFORE SPRING The Alabama Animal Adoption Society (AAAS) urges cat owners to spay cats in advance of their heat cycle to prevent unwanted litters

and difficult-to-adopt kittens. Visit phone 956-0012 for more information.

DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCES is located in the Family Services Center, room 305. The group enables people with disabilities to fully participate in the community. Services include independent living skills training, employment assistance, and home modification. Questions? Phone 274-0174 to make an appointment or visit

DOG FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED Crossing Paths Animal Rescue finds homes for hundreds of Blount County dogs every year. Dogs can be saved if there are foster homes to house them for a short time. Contact Mary Ellen at 559-7648 if you are interested in being foster parents to a homeless dog. All food and medical care is provided while the dog is in foster care.

BLOUNT COUNTY 2013 CHICK CHAIN PROJECT The Blount County 4-H program will again participate in the Chick Chain. Youth purchase 24 one-day-old chicks, grow them for approximately 22 weeks, then bring their top five chickens to the 4-H show and auction. The cost is $50 to purchase the chicks, and participants are guaranteed to get their money back when they bring their chickens to the show and auction. Young people age 9–19 who live or go to school in

Blount County are encouraged to register for this program. Phone the Blount County Extension office at 274- 2129 for more information. Deadline to register is March 29.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE WORKSHOP The Blount County Extension office will conduct a workshop tomorrow on how to grow peaches, blueberries, and other fruit and vegetables, and insect and disease management. The workshop will be held at the Frank Green Building auditorium and will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served. Phone the Extension office at 274-2129 to register.

CARL COLEMAN FRIEND TO ANIMALS SCHOLARSHIP sponsored by the Blount County Animal Shelter, Inc. will accept applications until April 1. Applicant must be a Blount County graduating senior who has demonstrated a dedication to the well-being of animals. Visit for an application or phone 647-8340 for more information.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS SCHOLARSHIPS Alabama high school students are eligible for non-resident scholarships offered by the University of Memphis based on a minimum ACT score of 23 and at least a 3.0 grade point average. Visit or phone 800-669-2678 for information.