YARD SALE FUNDRAISING for Old Liberty Cemetery will be held Saturday, May 23, at 1485 Sand Valley Road. Items include clothes, dishes, furniture, and odds and ends.

HEALTH-RELATED ISSUES COUNSELING FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES is free and available on Thursdays by appointment at The Old Oak Tree, located in the Hope House in Oneonta. Servicemen often face stress, moodiness, irritability, need for “space,” avoidance of intimacy, feelings of awkwardness in the family, increased anger and aggression, and sleeplessness when returning home. Dr. Sharon Gotlieb at The Old Oak Tree can help both servicemen and their families with such problems. Call her at 807-1919 to set up a Thursday appointment or e-mail her at
You have complete confidentiality at sessions because Dr. Gotlieb is not connected to the military, National Guard, or VA systems.

AT SCHOOLS ALABAMA OPERATION MILITARY KIDS, in cooperation with Alabama 4-H, is hosting a fun and educational camp June 22- June 26 for children of military families at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana. Cost of the camp will be covered by Operation Military Kids Alabama. The program is open to boys and girls 8 to 18 who have a parent/guardian in the military (active duty, guard, or reserve). The 106 camper slots available will be assigned based on the following: Priority will be given to campers who currently have a parent/guardian who is deployed or will be by camp time; campers whose parent/guardian is scheduled to be deployed this year or who has recently returned; and any remaining spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis to children of military families. Deadline to register is June 1. For a copy of the registration form, contact Nancy Graves, 4-H regional Extension agent, 353-1034 or email

APPALACHIAN CLASS OF 1979 will have its 30th-year reunion May 30 at 6 p.m. at Charlie B’s in Oneonta. Those who plan to attend should contact Regina Dye Glasscock at 625-1790 or send an e-mail to her at
The only cost will be for your meal.

J.B. PENNINGTON CLASS OF 1948 will celebrate its 61st-year class reunion June 6 at 10 a.m. at Charlie B’s Restaurant in

FREE GED CLASSES sponsored by Wallace State Adult Education Program are being held at two locations in Blount County: at Blount County Technical Center in Cleveland, open for drop-ins Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and at Hope House in Oneonta, open for orientation Mondays at 1 p.m., for classes Monday and Tuesday mornings between 8:30 and 12:30, and for drop-ins Thursday evenings between 2 and 7. Those interested can drop by the class sites any time during open hours to get more information or contact the main Wallace State office at 256-352-8078.

‘CRITTERS’ BLOUNT KITTY RESCUE is now provided by BCASI (Blount County Animal Shelter Inc.), according to Brenda Reeves, 681-0920. This is kitty season and dozens of pregnant cats are turning up at the animal control center each month. There are more kittens than the center can place. Call BCASI at 647-8340 for information on low-cost spaying/neutering. In the first quarter of 2009, BCASI placed 91 unwanted kittens, and all cats six months and older were spayed/neutered before adoption. Like to be part of the rescue team? Join BCASI with $25 family or $15 individual memberships by mailing checks to P.O. Box 310, Locust Fork, AL 35097. This is a 501C3 tax deductible organization. Remember also that kittens live indoors so kitty litter donations are always welcome.

THIS AND THAT FIFTH ANNUAL ALABAMA 4-H GOLF CLASSIC will be held Thursday, June 11, at FarmLinks Golf Course in Sylacauga. This year’s classic will feature two shotgun starts at 8:30 am. and 1:30 p.m. Coaches and player greats from Alabama, Auburn, and Troy are scheduled to be on hand. Deadline to register is June 1. For a copy of the registration form, contact Nancy Graves, 4-H regional Extension agent, at 353-1034. Everyone is urged to support Alabama 4-H as the group celebrates its 100th year.

ERNIE CARROLL’S BOOK “A Season in Baghdad: Confessions of a Combat Chaplain” is available for purchase at $15.95 through Father’s Day at the Blount County Memorial Museum. The book chronicles Carroll’s war-time experiences while telling the story of his son Nathan’s experiences as a member of the Oneonta High School 2004 state championship football team. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is located on the block behind the Blount County Courthouse. Visit Carroll’s website for a tribute to the soldiers at
and click on tribute.

ONEONTA RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED that now is the time of year when Oneonta Police Department starts being overwhelmed with calls about grass and weed overgrowth. The department warns residents to remember that City Ordinance #24-48 states, “Every person owning or having

in charge any premises in the City of Oneonta,
Alabama, or its police jurisdiction, shall keep the same
free of any growth of weeds or other uncultivated rank
growth or matter.”
This does not include natural habitats. These nuisance abatement issues, which also include garbage and inoperable vehicles, only add to the overwhelming volume of calls for traffic enforcement (speeding, stop signs, etc.) and dogs running at large.

Deputy chief Judy Underwood also states that the department has applied for grants from several private and government sources for equipment to make some police duties easier. She says that all patrol vehicles have received digital cameras from Walmart grants and new computers and updated electronic equipment from an ADECA grant.

“BE CREATIVE @ YOUR LIBRARY” is theme of this summer’s reading program at Oneonta Public Library. The 2009 program is open to young people, preschool through sixth grade, with programs, prizes, story hours, and more. Special programs include visits from personnel of the McWane Center and T & N Acres Animal Farm, music from Neely Arts Center students, magic show with Captain Eddie, and more. Registration opens May 27 for programs that begin June 3 and end July 15. For more information, call the library at 274- 7641. The library welcomes children of all abilities. All programs are free of charge and are sponsored by Friends of Oneonta Public Library.

WALKER REUNION will be held Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at Fowler Springs Baptist Church.

OHS CLASS OF 1961 members will have their regular third Thursday luncheon May 21 at noon at Charlie B’s.

PLACE ORDERS NOW FOR BOSTON BUTTS The Lady Lakers of Highland Lake are taking orders for whole Boston butts for the Memorial Day weekend. The butts are $22 each and may be picked up Saturday, May 23, at the Anchor between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or on Friday, May 22, with advance notice. To pre-order, call Cheryl at 274-8509.