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.

Members of the Jacksonville Alabama Community Group and the group behind the JCS-Parents Page are sponsoring a run-off candidate forum for the upcoming election. The event is at 6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 28. The six remaining candidates are to speak and answer questions from the public at the Jacksonville Community Center. The seats are to be decided at an Oct. 4 election.

Todd Borders has served at a number of churches and said when he left each one, he left with many happy memories. Sunday was his first day as pastor at Eagle Point Church in Jacksonville.

The whirl of activity surrounding the Aug. 23 elections has ended for all but six candidates for Jacksonville City Council for places 2, 3, and 5. These candidates are still braving the heat as they continue to place signs throughout the city and call on voters. All six are dedicated to persevering until the Oct. 4 runoff election.

Anniston Army Depot will celebrate its diamond anniversary Sept. 1 with an event open to all employees on the installation as well as Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons.

Thousands turned out at JSU Stadium Thursday, Aug. 25 for the 11th annual Spirit on Mountain Street, a community-wide effort to eat, give and cheer for the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center.

Eat! Give! Cheer! The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University are excited to present the 11th annual Spirit on Mountain Street festival and community pep rally on Thursday, August 25, at 6 p.m. outside the main entrance to the JSU Stadium.

When students, teachers, administrators, parents and staff walked into Kitty Stone Elementary School Wednesday morning, it was evident they were walking into a building that had never been occupied before.

Teachers and staff at Pleasant Valley Elementary School are enthusiastic about a new school year and they want the students to be enthusiastic as well. So, they came up with a plan. They decided to have a Back to School Party Bus.

It didn’t surprise Colin Cotton’s parents, or anyone else for that matter, when he announced that he was going into banking. Banking seems to be the career of choice in the Cotton family. Both his parents were bankers and so is his brother.

Jacksonville school board to negotiate superintendent contract extension

Jacksonville’s education leaders agreed Monday to negotiate a possible one-year contract extension for the school system superintendent.

Jacksonville State University’s overseers Monday raised average student costs by about $333 a semester starting next year.

Steven and Jean Ellison had two reasons to celebrate at 3rd Friday on the Square. The Ellisons celebrated the first anniversary of their business, The Music Box. Also, the square was filled with spectators, vendors, dancers, musicians, food, raffles and even a few sidewalk artists, thanks to their planning and organizing.

Steven and Jean Ellison used their own time and money to organize a festival on the Jacksonville square last month.