This was said to be the largest crowd and the warmest yet Piedmont Polar Plunge, which benefits Venecia’s Foundation. Elected officials from Piedmont, Jacksonville and Weaver were present. The plunge brought in $1661 for the foundation, which gives comfort bags and gas cards to those going t…

Ips pine beetles are destroying area pines. The drought is believed to have contributed to the recent outbreak. Landowners are urged to check trees before the beetles spread.

Students at Kitty Stone Elementary School got a special treat. They got to participate in a unique reading event with black lights. The library lit up in color as the students worked on reading assignments.

The city of Piedmont opened the holiday season with the annual Christmas Parade and Venecia's Foundation Holiday Open House.

A flag dedication ceremony was held at the Piedmont Eubanks Center in memory of Jack Holder. Holder was director of the center when he died last year.

Jacksonville High School celebrated homecoming Friday night defeating the Ashville Bulldogs 23-13. The Golden Eagles are 6-0 for the season.

Thousands turned out for the 11th annual Spirit on Mountain Street, a community-wide-effort to eat, give and cheer for the Jacksonville Outreach Center. The event raised $10,078.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School kicked off the upcoming school year in a unique way. The teachers and staff boarded a party bus complete with candy and music traveling around the community.

Steven and Jean Ellison organized 3rd Friday on the Square in Jacksonville. Live music, vendors, dancers, food, raffles and sidewalk art. Event will take place through October.

A Meet and Greet for Jacksonville High School's new principal Bill Singleton and his wife Melissa was Sunday at the school in the media center.

Tequilla Berry, summer outreach presenter for McWane Science Center in Birmingham, gives a science demonstration at Jacksonville Public Library, part of the summer reading program.