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SNEAD POLICE DEPARTMENT will conduct roadblocks and driver’slicense checks within its police jurisdiction through April.

GET TICKETS; HELP LIBRARY Oneonta Public Library is one of Alabama’s public libraries that have teamed up with the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and Arts Festival to offer a special promotional ticket price for a three-day musical event June 4-June 6 in Enterprise. Among country artists expected for the outdoor extravaganza are Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Kid Rock, Blake Shelton, and The Black Crowes. Tickets will be offered at only $139.50 when purchased online using Oneonta Public Library’s promo code, a saving of $40 off regular ticket prices. Ten dollars from each ticket is returned to the libary to help with programs in its community. Visit www.bamajammusicfestival.com and use Oneonta library’s promotion code LIBONE to purchase and save money on tickets and to make money for the library. Go by and use the library’s computers during operating hours, or call 274-7641 for further information. The offer expires April 15.

LEPC RECORDS OPEN TO PUBLIC Records of the Blount County emergency operation plan, material safety data sheets, inventory forms, and any follow-up emergency notices subsequently issued are open for public inspection Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Blount County Local Emergency Planning Committee business office in the basement of the courthouse. Mailing address is 220 second avenue east, Oneonta. The local 24- hour phone number for emergency notification of hazardous materials spills or releases is 911.

HELP PREVENT CHILD ABUSE Since April is child abuse prevention month, the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources, Child Welfare Division, will offer free training. What you will learn: How to identify the signs of abuse and neglect; the three types of abuse; what neglect is; who can make a report; what mandatory, permissive, and anonymous reporting are; how to make a report of suspected abuse or neglect; and what happens after a report is made. Training is available to all community and faith-based groups. To schedule training, call 918-5210 or e-mail Chanell.daniel @dhr.alabama. gov.

FIRST ANNUAL HISTORY FAIR will be sponsored April 25-April 26 by Blount County Historical Society at Cleveland High School. Competiton is open to public and homeschooled students in grades 3-12 who live in Blount County. Packet information is available at the Blount County Memorial Museum (625-6905) and local schools.

ONEONTA’S SPRING FLING has been changed from a “June” fling and will be held May 2. This change was made due to overwhelming requests mainly due to the heat. All vendors are invited to attend. Please contact Oneonta Business Association for more information and for booth space ($30 rental each) applications. Contact Paul Allred, 625-5378, P.O. Box 1976, Oneonta, AL 35121. As always, general public admission and parking are FREE for this event.

In addition, anyone who has an apparel/clothing boutique and is interested in taking part in the May 2 Spring Fling fashion show in Oneonta may contact Towanna Robbins, 274-2900, for information. These participants are encouraged to showcase three to five outfits. Each must provide his/her own models.

BOOKS FOR TEENS To mark National Credit Union youth week, Community Credit Union’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is collecting new or slightly used books for ages 13-18 for The Bridge, an alcohol and drug treatment facility for teens. Anyone can participate by bringing books to the local Community Credt Union between now and April 25. For more information and location of the nearest branch location, call 1-800-757-7302.

WHITEWATER RAFT TRIP The Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) is offering a rare opportunity Saturday, April 18, to experience the thrill of whitewater from the relative comfort of a six-person raft. The cost is a minimum donation of $25 per person, with proceeds benefiting FLFR, thanks to Locust Fork Expeditions. Plan on a four-hour easy trip from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Bring a brown-bag lunch and your own water; cold drinks for lunch will be provided. Call Stephen or Martha at 429-4120 or go online to friends@flfr.org.