Taylor Ford was young when the Blizzard of ’93 hit the area. He was a student at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. He remembers being at his home with his parents and sister and having plenty to eat. He heard about others though, who didn’t fare as well. Stores were closed and those who didn’t have the ever-popular snow items of milk and bread or other items, did without.

Stephanie Young of Piedmont said her mother, Alma, liked to swim. In her honor, and to help build funds for Venecia’s Foundation, Stephanie went into the 56 degree water at the 4th Piedmont Polar Plunge Saturday holding her mother’s ashes.

The Jacksonville City Council added an unexpected $42,000 to the cost of its new public safety complex Monday to relocate dispatch equipment.

Without the extra construction and equipment, radio dispatch signals from the approximately $12 million complex will be unable to reach the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency in Jacksonville as previously thought, city officials say.

The Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama inducted long-time Piedmont resident Millard V. Young Jr., into the Alabama Petroleum and Convenience Marketing Hall of Fame in Montgomery on Dec. 7. Young was honored for his lifetime of outstanding service to the association, his community and the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries in Alabama.

Bob McLeod could not have predicted how God would work when, in 1998, he founded Our Father’s Arms (OFA), a charitable organization in Jacksonville that helps individuals and families in crisis. Its latest charity is a free medical clinic that is treating about 11 patients each Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

After studying auto mechanics at Ayers State for two years, Andy Beavers decided to change courses. He enrolled at Jacksonville State University because of something he’d wanted to since he was a child. He’d always wanted to go into law enforcement, so he thought he’d earn a degree in that field.

The mother of Ashville native and Jacksonville St. University head football coach John Grass was found dead Tuesday morning in a body of water just three-quarters of a mile from her home.

If John Pearce didn’t have a love and an appreciation of dogs when he was a child, it came to him when he turned 18 and joined the Air Force after graduating from Tahlequah High School in Oklahoma. He was “sort of” told that he’d be training dogs, but the young airman was looking for a future in the military so a lot of it was volunteerism on his part.

Standing in a pulpit for the past 45 years preaching to hundreds of congregants, Jerry Starling still hasn’t overcome his shyness. It’s probably helped, but he still deals with it, just as he did when he was a young man growing up in Dothan.

The Jacksonville Board of Education updated its student meal plan and conflict of interest policies Monday to meet the latest federal guidelines.

School system officials said the policies have been in place for years, but just needed some rewording and a few clarifications to correspond with recent federal education changes.

The Country Music Christmas parade Thursday night was led by a country music singer, Riley Green. Green, along with friends and family decked out in camo, waved to the crowd from a boat, posing as duck hunters. Pelham Road, from Winn-Dixie to the Jacksonville State University campus, was fil…

Jacksonville kicked off the Christmas season Monday night with its annual Ceremony of Lights at the Community Center. Usually, this event is held on the square, but this year the threat of rain prevented that. The ceremony marks the official lighting of the Square.

Mayor Johnny Smith was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Kiwanis Club meeting at the Community Center. After being introduced by the president, Jim Wilson. Smith reminded everyone to be conservative in their water usage.

The Jacksonville State football team received the No. 3 National Seed in the NCAA Division I Football Playoffs and will host either Samford or Youngstown State on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church are inviting everyone in Jacksonville to join them for a festive community dinner between 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, at St. Luke’s parish hall, corner of Church Avenue and Drayton Street, according to co-chairs Dawn Bowden and Jim Lloyd.

On Sun., Nov. 20, members of First Baptist Church on Vann St. will celebrate their 150th anniversary with special speakers, music, and a luncheon. The church was founded in 1866 when black members worshipped in the basement of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, a white congregation. Sandra Sudduth and her husband, Tom, are chairs of the anniversary celebration.

Jacksonville’s rising country music star Riley Green is to perform at The Back 40 Bash on Harold Boozer Road in Pleasant Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Parking is $10. The Muscadine Bloodline group, Tyler Reeve, and others will also perform.