Melissa Singleton feels that one good thing about her life is that she was born in Orlean, France. The bad thing is, she doesn’t remember living there.

She was 3, when her Army father was transferred to Virginia. He retired from the Army at Fort Benning, near Columbus, Ga. Melissa graduated from Shaw High School in Columbus.

Freida Morris, daughter of the late Saul and Margaret Lomax, said she feels blessed to have grown up with five brothers and two sisters. The family was large and everyone was close, she said.

When Jan Case was a child, she’d line her dolls up and teach them. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She originally thought she’d major in early childhood education, but changed her mind because of a “wonderful trig teacher” she had in college.

Shelia Harper gives her mother, the late Jean Mangum, a lot of credit for her choices before and after graduating from White Plains High School.

While her father, the late Rev. James Mangum, served as a Baptist minister in churches in Alabama and Florida, her mother made their home life as charming and pleasant as possible. Shelia’s mother was also creative in making adjustments in new surroundings since her dad had pastored several churches.

Sue Pritchett Angel of Jacksonville is quick to say that her husband, Eugene, is the love of her life. She’s always said it doesn’t matter if anyone else loves her because she knows he does. They’ve been married 70 years.

The Jacksonville Garden Club met May 18 at the Community Center. Nancy and Lawrence Gillespie were hosts. Visitors welcomed were Mary Crabtree, Candice Hall and Dick Pritchett.

Benjamin Alan Tootle, 28, and Jennifer Leann Torruella, 28, both of Birmingham, were married at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at The Michael Wedding Barn in Anniston. A reception followed.

A Pleasant Valley High School senior and three Wellborn High School seniors passed the written portion of the state test on April 23 to become cosmologists.

Do you want to start a business? There is an office at Jacksonville State University that can help you get started. It’s the Small Business Development Center and it has been helping small business owners since 1981.

Robin Boyles was recognized by the Kiwanis Club Thursday as its most recent Educator. Boyles is completing her 24th year of teaching first grade at Kitty Stone University. She was introduced by Kitty Stone principal of grades four through six, Yvonne Swift.

Jerry Klug figures one can never have too much education. That’s why, after 40 years of practicing physical therapy, he went back to school and earned his physical therapy doctorate from Alabama State University in Montgomery.

Judy Klug said she’s enjoying the home she and her husband, Jerry, have lived in at Eighty Oaks for the past 15 years. Once they moved into the home, it took them two years to completely renovate it to their tastes.