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Saturday 07/19/2014
Randy Awards honor this year’s best
Posted: July 19, 2014

Randy Hall would be proud.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Jacksonville church celebrates pipe organ's return
Posted: July 17, 2014

After a long period of separation, First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville is welcoming back its newly restored pipe organ.

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Sunday 07/13/2014
Devoted community flocks to bluegrass event
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 1:32 am

Saturday's show started off as just a anniversary event for the Alexandria band, but blossomed into a festival when word got out about the Calhoun County concert.

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Saturday 07/12/2014
Anniston library to host fire-breathing performance
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:41 am

Jimmy Pyro will eat, breath and dance with fire in a family-friendly spectacle Thursday at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County.

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In the spotlight: CAST Kidz actress wins national competition
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:48 am

CAST kid Ramsey Whitney recently competed against more than 100 children at the annual “Shine” event, sponsored by Actors, Models and Talent for Christ in Orlando, Fla.

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A new mosaic, and a like-new church organ
Updated: July 13, 2014 - 2:40 am

As summer plans for the arts continue, business as usual is better than usual.

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Friday 07/11/2014
Eastaboga woman shares mother’s wisdom in new book
Posted: July 11, 2014

Homespun wisdom is a vanishing art in Southern storytelling. But Cornelia Wills has found a way to keep it alive with her new book, “Mama Said: A Word to the Wise is Sufficient.”

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Monday 07/07/2014
HOT BLAST: Baseball team celebrates 'Seinfeld' (Not that there's anything wrong with that)
Posted: July 07, 2014

This is an entertainment story.

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Sunday 07/06/2014
A lost treasure, stolen by Nazis, links three tales of love and loyalty
Updated: July 06, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Movingly recounting, through three interrelated episodes, the redeeming magnitude of love in even the most horrific circumstances, this epic, deeply moving novel will haunt any reader fortunate enough to discover it.

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There’s a bluegrass resurgence going on, and it’s coming to Alexandria
Posted: July 06, 2014

On Saturday, local bluegrass band Valley Road is kicking off the first Valley Road Community Bluegrass Festival in Alexandria.

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Saturday 07/05/2014
3 entertaining reasons to summer in Calhoun County
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 11:47 am

No time to take a summer vacation? Then, take a “staycation” right here in Calhoun County — at least for July — and look forward to three events.

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Sunday 06/22/2014
Second annual Heritage Festival brings music, unity to Zinn Park
Updated: June 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Admission to the second annual Heritage Music Festival Saturday at Zinn Park is free, but if someone asks you for a code word, remember this simple phrase: Word up.

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‘Poor man’s jazz’: Steel City Jug Slammers returning to Cheaha Brewing
Posted: June 22, 2014

Put the five members of the Steel City Jug Slammers together for breakfast on a Saturday morning at Al’s Diner and Grill in Birmingham, and conversation flows like the music they play onstage at venues all over the Southeast. The boys were worn out from a long night of performing at Local Color in Birmingham.

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Old becomes new at Anniston events
Updated: June 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

Well-made objects never go out of style. This is evident in two ways this summer — an artist’s repurposed old farm tools, leather and frames are on display downtown at Fourth Friday, and a bazaar in July offers china, crystal and other elegant treasures to be passed on to new owners. In both cases, the old finds new life for those with an eye for the truly unique.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
‘A fresh approach’: Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs lets the old influence the new
Posted: June 14, 2014

Skaggs, who is coming to the Oxford Performing Arts Center June 21 with his band, Kentucky Thunder, spoke with The Star about his team-up with Bruce Hornsby, the versatility of bluegrass music and his role as a guide for new musicians.

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Summer events add flavor to local art feast
Posted: June 14, 2014

Savory events at three area venues this summer can be compared to a movable feast. There’s a gala and four concerts at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, an exhibit at Nunnally's Custom Framing and Noble Gallery and CAST’s Randy Awards celebrates the people behind the performances.

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Saturday 06/07/2014
Moving collection explores change with understanding
Posted: June 07, 2014

Francesca Marciano's characters, mostly women of various ages, are all experiencing endings. How each of them moves on makes for one of the most consistently moving collections of stories in a long while.

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June brings new beginnings for art lovers, musicians
Posted: June 07, 2014

There’s a new artist in town with an exhibit at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County and an interest in preserving Anniston’s historic buildings on canvas, while in Oxford plans are underway for a new community chorus.

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Friday 06/06/2014
Who do you want to see perform in Anniston?
Updated: June 06, 2014 - 3:12 pm

With the announcement that Cameo and Whodini are performing at Zinn Park June 28 for the city’s annual Heritage Festival, we got thinking — who is the next performer we want to see in Anniston? 

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Sunday 06/01/2014
In passing, Angelou leaves monumental legacy
Posted: June 01, 2014

One of the country’s most accomplished writers passed away Wednesday, as acclaimed author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was found dead at the age of 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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