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May 7, 2015

The Jacksonville News

Civil War festival held at Fiddler’s Green

Sunshine and cannon-fire greeted spectators this weekend at the 8th annual Skirmish in The Valley, a Civil War festival held at the historic and sprawling estate in Jacksonville known as Fiddler’s Green. The Green is home to Chris and Heather Dempsey, who dazzled in their period attire on Saturday, and their young daughters, Ruby and Ada, who sported a dress and Yankee cap, respectively.

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Community

Two motivations bring Connie Thompson to JSU

Connie Cornelius Thompson fell in love with Jacksonville State University when her brother, Don Cornelius, was the starting quarterback for the University of North Alabama (then Florence State University), back in the ‘60s. Connie particularly enjoyed the games when his team played the Gamecocks because she could see the Marching Ballerinas perform.

Opinion

Redistricting plan up in air

There is an ominous cloud hanging over this legislative session. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court surprisingly agreed to hear a Hail Mary complaint filed by the black legislative caucus over the 2014 redistricting plan. In an even more surprising opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the complainants and remanded the case back to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals instructing the lower court to tell the legislature to try again.

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