NEWSBRIEFS



MEETINGS

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will hold a special meeting tomorrow, April 18, at 11 a.m.

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a work session today at 4 p.m. The regular meeting will be Monday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Professional Development Room 202.

BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will meet Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. Special speaker will be Jason Paul with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB will meet Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Fire Department. Guest speaker will be master photographer John Dersham. Phone 559-2203 or 274-8608 for more information.

EVENTS

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY WALK The Alabama Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will have a program in Oneonta for people living with MS. The free program will be presented Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Blount in the private dining room. Contact Aquilla Stanback at 879-8546 or e-mail aquilla.stanback- @nmss.org for more information.

C.M. MOORE HONORARY BLOOD DRIVE The annual blood drive in honor of C.M. “Minnette” Moore will be held today, April 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Appalachian High School gym. All 16-year-old donors must bring a consent form signed by parent or legal guardian. All donors must have a photo ID or American Red Cross donor card.

52ND ANNUAL ART ON THE LAKE will be at the Guntersville Rec Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. Games, activities, and food will be available, as well as a selection of paintings, sculptures, photography, crafts, jewelry, and more for sale. Admission is $2 for ages 13 and up, free for children under 12. Visit www.artonthelakeguntersville.com for more information.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY The Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) will host an afternoon wildflower hike Sunday, April 21, leaving Tonka Shell in Cleveland at 1 p.m. Wildflower expert Michelle Reynolds will lead the slow and easy hike from Swann Covered Bridge. The hike should last 2–2 1/2 hours and participants should bring water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a snack. Phone Carol Hunt at 956-0923 or e-mail carolhunt17@bellsouth.net for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER The annual dinner to support the Blount County Children’s Center, an advocacy center for child abuse victims, will be Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the World Outreach Center in Oneonta. Featured entertainment will include the musical-comedy group “Three On A String” and teen vocalist Kate Falcon. Tickets are $32 and include dinner prepared by Lee Alexander. To order tickets, phone 274-7226.

SPRING CARNIVAL The fourth annual Spring Carnival will be Wednesday, April 24, through Saturday, April 27, at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. There will be thrill rides, games, food. Gates open at 5 p.m. nightly. Visit www.bcoabc.com for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Blount County will take place April 26 at the Oneonta Rec Park, beginning at 6 p.m. To register a team for the event, visit relayforlife.org or contact Justin Thomas at 903-2081 or e-mail justin.thomas@cancer.org for more information.

FLFR WHITEWATER RAFT TRIP Experience whitewater rafting on the Locust Fork River from a 6-person raft on an easy trip Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Limited seats are availble for $30 per person. Phone Leigh Lynn at 915-5493 for reservations. Visit www.flfr.org to become a member or make a tax deductible contribution to the group.

APPALACHIAN PTSO will have its annual banquet and auction Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the school lunchroom. Whiskers Catfish will be catering the event with catfish, chicken fingers, french fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, drinks, and assorted desserts. Tickets are $25 and are available at the school office. Each ticket purchased will be entered in a drawing for a $500 prize. For more information, phone 274-9712.

UNITED 4 HEALTH 5K RUN AND BIKE RIDE Wallace State Community College Healthy Campus Committee is co-sponsoring a 5K run and fun bike ride to benefit the Cullman United Way on Sunday, April 21, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at WSCC. The entry fee is $10 and the first 100 participants receive a T-shirt. The group promotes fitness, getting healthy, and cycling on campus. Questions? E-mail cynthia.newman@wallacestate.edu or stacey.sivley@wallacestate.edu for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CAREER EXPO will be Tuesday, April 23, at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Local professionals will be on hand to share information with all county 10th grade students. County businesses are invited to participate by sharing infomation or activities with students at the event. Deadline for businesses to submit an entry form is April 12. Contact any county high school counselor or coordinator Karron Standridge at 647-0397, 559-3001, or kstandridge@blountboe.net for information and entry forms.

ANNUAL 18-MILE YARD SALE The sixth annual Highway 132 Yard Sale is Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. Oneonta has waived yard sale permit fees for this event, and anyone may sell along the route, as long as the landowner has given permission. For more information, phone 589-6740.

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 alangley@snead.edu or phone (256) 840-4182.

DOWNTOWN ONEONTA YARD SALE will be Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Booth fee is $10 and should be set up between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Registration forms available at Merle Norman or www.oneontabusinessassociation.com. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 1.

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.

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 screenings, 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.

ONEONTA JUNE FLING The summertime festival of fun, arts and crafts, classic cars, great food, outstanding entertainment, and more, will be held Saturday, June 1 between 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Applications are now being accepted for booths. The event is FREE and there is plenty of parking. For information on booth fees and guidelines, visit www.oneontabusinessassociation.com or pick up applications from Treasures on Main or Merle Norman.

THIS AND THAT

SUSAN MOORE PARK AND REC BREAKFAST The monthly breakfast will be Saturday, May 4, beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Susan Moore Town Hall. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is $5 and proceeds benefit Susan Moore Park.

SUMMIT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT is accepting applications for two trustees positions. Contact Paula Robertson at 446-1078 for more information.

BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER is selling tickets for a chance to win one of six valuable prizes during their annual drawing fundraiser. Prizes are an $800, 20- inch, 8-mm cultured pearl necklace, a three-night stay in Pigeon Forge, a guided half-day quail hunt for two, a sixmonth family membership at The Gym, a $350 gift certificate from Snead Ag, or a $300 Ross Bridge gift certificate good for spa or golf. The tickets are $5 each and the drawing will be April 23. You do not have to be present to win. To order tickets, phone 274-7226.

SNEAD VETERANS MEMORIAL PAVER SALE Snead American Legion Post 818 is selling pavers to honor veterans. The pavers will be installed at the Snead Veterans Memorial. Each paver is 6”-x-9” and will be engraved with the veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, service dates, and medals awarded. The pavers are $30 each and may be purchased by sending a check payable to American Legion Post 818, 86 Lamb Dr., Altoona, AL 35952.

ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1973 is organizing the 40-year reunion to be held Oct. 11-12. All who were members of the class at one time are invited to attend. Send contact information to oneontaclassof1973 @gmail.com or phone 446-0462 to request information.

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY Special events: The Hams of Blount County amateur radio club, Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. The group will present a program for those interested in amateur radio, and instructions on how to get a license to help with radio during emergency situations. Hello Cupcake, with Amy and Jennifer Woods, Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. Cupcakes and decorations provided to decorate your own spring cupcakes. Visit the library, www.oneontapubliclibrary.com, 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.

REUNIONS

BLUE BELL REUNION will be held at the Woodmen of the World building on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring a dish to share.