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.

As an educator, there aren’t many things that makes Crystal Sparks happier than seeing a child read a book. That’s why Sparks, who will begin her first year as Pleasant Valley Elementary School principal, next month, is taking books to the front door of 40 Pleasant Valley students this summer.

Swank has a new location. The boutique officially opened Wednesday at 104 Ladiga St., on the southwest corner of the square, in the building formerly occupied by Gamecock Computers. Business was good that first day, said owner Brooke Lee, even though she was still in the process of getting the internet and alarms turned on.

Jacksonville leaders showed little interest Monday in fulfilling a recent request from Jacksonville State University to raise the number of students allowed to rent homes together.

Dora Young Mattox celebrates the 4th of July much as her parents, W. A. and Mae (Cochran) Ford, did. Growing up on A Street in the Profile Mill Village, Dora watched her parents bring out their flags and other patriotic paraphernalia on that day every year.

The head of the Jacksonville City Council plans to vacate his seat in July to take a job in Montgomery.

In a letter Tuesday to JSU faculty, President John Beehler wrote that starting Aug. 12, the university would comprise six schools, rather than four colleges. Each school will have a dean, meaning JSU will have to hire two new ones.

The Jacksonville City Board of Education has hired a Dothan native to be the new principal at Jacksonville High School pending contract negotiations.

Daisy Weller Smith was devoted to her church, St. Luke’s Episcopal, for many years before her death at the age of 89 on Oct. 26. In her will, she made sure that her service and devotion would continue. Her wishes will be honored from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when many of Smith’s personal items will be sold at an estate sale at the church, 400 Chinnabee St., S.E.

For many years, K. L. “Koven” Brown has looked forward to being able to park both cars in his two-car garage. That might just happen now that Brown is selling the business he’s owned since November 1978, K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Eugene Angel is 91. He likes to watch a good western movie every now and then, although “they don’t have too many good ones on any more.” He likes to cut two acres of grass every week and work in his garden.

What he likes more than anything though, is to “look at this pretty thing sitting here beside me.”

Koven Brown was among seven business owners honored recently at the 2016 Night of Laughter & Business Awards at the Anniston City meeting Center.

Anita Kilgore won an award for The Jacksonville News and one for The Piedmont Journal at the 2015 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in Destin, Fla., recently.