Mary Mullen is president of Dixie Weavers Basketry Guild. She discovered her talent for basket weaving after taking an introductory class in 2010. Mullen estimates that she has woven about 200 baskets in the last seven years.

Staten Island native Donna Coffey owns the new PaintOlogy art studio in Jacksonville. Coffey was encouraged by her late father to pursue her passions, including creating art. PaintOlogy hosts its grand opening this weekend with three painting classes.

Haley Proctor enjoys the study of movement. She studied dance in college for one year before enrolling in massage therapy school with her sister. Proctor worked in that field for 13 years before discovering a passion for yoga and reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. Proctor owns…

Susan Shipman is the executive director of 2nd Chance, a local nonprofit organization that supports victims of domestic and sexual violence in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega counties. Shipman is currently in her 10th year as executive director.

David Grise is the coordinator in charge of the Toys for Tots toy drive for Calhoun, St. Clair and Talladega counties. Toys for Tots is important to Grise because he remembers what it was like as a child waking up without a present under the Christmas tree.

Jean Ellison grew up in a musically gifted household; both of her parents are reggae artists. Ellison enjoyed playing music and performing as a child, and she marched with the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners, where she met her husband, Steven. Ellison and her husband own T…

Hayley H. Long is an actress who has appeared in several television shows and films. She has also worked as the dramatics instructor at Camp Mac. She is making her directorial debut this weekend with "A Tuna Christmas" presented by the Community Actors Studio Theatre (CAST).

Ellen Bass, "probably the biggest Auburn fan that Tuscaloosa ever had," has lived in Anniston for 43 years. She worked in education for many years before retiring 2 ½ years ago. Bass is organizing the Anniston/Calhoun County Christmas parade this year. The parade is Saturday at 11 a.m.

Eddie Phillips has been driving a school bus route in Alexandria for the past 45 years. Driving a school bus is a bit of a family tradition. Phillips’ mother drove a school bus for 25 ½ years, and his father drove one for 10 years.

David Hall is a U.S. Army veteran and the chairman of Calhoun County Honor Flight. Honor Flight is a nonprofit that transports veterans who have never visited their war memorials to Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans.

Jackie Morgan is an artist and emergency room nurse who owns JC Morgan Art Gallery in Oxford. Morgan’s gallery will be hosting a Dia de los Muertos event today from 2-8 p.m. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates loved ones who have passed away.

Trey Hudson has always been adventurous. In his youth, he became an Eagle Scout. As an adult, he has served in Afghanistan and hunted big game in Africa. He has a degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia. And he also investigates the supernatural as director of the Oxford Par…

Lindsay Tyson is the vice president of fund development for Anniston’s Junior League chapter. The Junior League is organizing a local fundraiser-screening of the movie "Sold," a film about human trafficking based on the novel by Patricia McCormick, as well as a variety of fundraising events …

Amanda Henry, owner of the new store Bellies, Birth & Beyond, is a registered nurse and a certified lactation consultant who helps nursing mothers avoid situations she calls "booby traps." She worked in an emergency room for two years and for the Health Department for two years before be…

Debbi Merrill owns Blackberry Hill Alpacas farm in Anniston with her husband, Hank. They started the farm, named for the abundance of blackberries on the land, 10 years ago. Debbi had horses and donkeys when she was growing up but wanted to try something different.

Johnny Goss and Joshua Palmer are two members of local bluegrass band Valley Road — one of several bluegrass groups performing at the Spokes and Strings Bluegrass Festival at Michael Tucker Park in Anniston on Sept. 10. The festival is sponsored by the City of Anniston.

Mary Sides is one of the longest continually serving poll workers in our area. A former employee of BellSouth, Sides retired in 1984 and became a poll worker. She will be tending to the Calhoun County Health Department polling station today.

Oxford resident, Joey Nelson, 28, struggled with losing weight until restarting his efforts again last year. Nelson has lost 222 pounds since June 2015. He chronicles his weight loss through social media. His Instagram account, @the_walking_joey, has nearly 70,000 followers. Nelson will part…