Craig Bodiford’s father is a pastor, who has preached many funerals during his career. That’s why Craig, from a young age, attended numerous funerals over the years. He saw the grief and heartbreak families suffered. It touched him, he said.

Jacksonville, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in region games, begins a stretch of four consecutive Class 4A, Region 5 games Friday when Ashville (2-3, 1-2) arrives to help the Golden Eagles celebrate homecoming. Region games at Oneonta and at home against White Plains follow. Jacksonville’s game in Centre against Cherokee County on Oct. 21 should decide the region championship if there are no hiccups against Ashville, Oneonta or White Plains. 

Tonia Bodiford admits she’s in her element when working with children.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching.” Tonia said. “When I was young I taught Sunday School classes and swim lessons as a teenager.”

Alabama’s most famous political restaurant and watering hole for 50 years was Montgomery’s Elite Restaurant. Until it closed about 1995, the Elite (pronounced “E-light”) was the place to eat and be seen. Many a political deal was struck at its back tables.

The 4th Annual Conquer Chiari Walk was held at Veterans Memorial Park in Piedmont. Over $3,000 was raised to fight Chiari Malformation.