DO YOU HAVE COATS hanging in your closet that are too small, too large, or that for whatever reason won’t be worn this winter? Hope House Inc. needs coats to pass on to children and adults who otherwise won’t stay warm on cold days ahead. The Family Resource Center urges that the coats you share be clean and in good condition. Hope House furnished 250 coats just to Blount County children last year and is looking at a greater need this year. Coats may be brought to the agency at 1000 Lincoln Avenue, Ala 75, Oneonta (the old Blount Memorial Hospital). Hope House appreciates the support it receives from county citizens.

CONGRESSMAN ROBERT ADERHOLT’S field representative Ethan Vice will be at Oneonta City Hall Friday, Nov. 18, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to assist those who need help working with federal agencies. Congressional offices can help with such federal issues as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Medicare. “With a district that stretches across the state, it can be difficult for people to travel to our district offices when they need help,” said Aderholt. “By bringing district staff to local communities, we can effectively assist those who otherwise would be unable to get support. This is an excellent opportunity for folks to come and discuss their issues with Ethan, who will help me begin the process of finding solutions for them.” Aderholt represents the Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

‘FIX YOUR MAMA!’ can help you fix your female dog or cat at a discount. Because of a drop in donations, FYM is asking for a donation of $35 for a female cat and $45 for a female dog and includes a rabies vaccination if needed. If you need additional help, some free surgeries are available. Fixing your dog or cat before she has a litter is healthier for her and prevents unwanted or abandoned animals. Call 967-0920 for information or to make a tax-deductible donation.

THE TOWN OF BLOUNTSVILLE will hold open house at the new station for the volunteer fire department, 68053 Main Street, on Sunday, Nov. 13, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Mayor Randy Millwood invites the public to join firefighters, town officials, and town employees for the special occasion.

IF YOU LICENSE a vehicle that you own in Blount County, you can buy a Choose Life license tag for $50 and thus contribute funding to the local Sav-ALife organization. Of the $50, Alabama Pro-Life Coalition Education Fund receives $41.25, which goes directly to counties. Blount County Sav-A-Life received $2,975.50 last year. This nonprofit organization ministers to women facing crisis pregnancy by offering compassionate support, factual information, and positive alternatives. The money is used to provide testing, voluntary counseling, and assistance to those who need maternity clothes and baby supplies. The Sav-A-Life board, staff, and volunteers say they thank the people of Blount County for their continued support of their organization. Those wishing to contribute or volunteer can contact the center at 625-5416 or go to website

BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet tomorrow, Nov. 3, at 11:30 a.m. for a work session and at 1 p.m. for its regular meeting.