Jean and Steve Ellison want everyone to bring out a chair and a blanket on Friday night, the last Third Friday of the season on the Jacksonville Square. The Ellisons, owners of The Music Box, are leaders in organizing Fright Night, the city’s Halloween celebration. The event is from 6-9 p.m.
Tuning up for Friday’s road game against the Cherokee County Warriors, the game that will decide the Class 4A, Region 5 championship, Jacksonville dominated White Plains 60-20 at home last Friday. The Golden Eagles improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in Region 5.
Renee Taylor has always considered Jacksonville to be her home town. She was born in Calhoun County, then lived in Scottsboro, Oxford, and California, but she eventually came home. In short order, she graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1987, married and had three children. In 2000, she and her children moved back to Jacksonville, where she earned her bachelor’s in criminal justice at Jacksonville State University in 2002. During that time, she also worked for her parent’s business, Warren Ace Hardware.
Ole Bill Baxley has been in the news a lot this year. He was the lead defense counsel for former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction trial over in Opelika. Baxley practices law in Birmingham and is one of the state’s premier and most expensive criminal defense lawyers. Like a good many of the top defense attorneys, Baxley was first a prosecutor and a doggone good one.