A proposed Children’s Reading Room at the Houston Cole Library at Jacksonville State University can be not only a dynamic facility for elementary school children but an educational tool that fosters a love for reading in children throughout east central Alabama.

Jazz can sometimes feel like a lone saxophone trilling in the background while someone smokes a cigarette or tilts back a drink, wondering where it all went wrong. Or maybe it’s a big, voluminous sound that swallows listeners whole.

Not many employers would agree to letting members of their staff take off one week a month, every month, to work another job. But singer/songwriter Danni Ri Croker, who goes professionally by Danni Ri, is lucky in that her boss is also her father-in-law, and, next to her husband, she said, i…