Under a blue tent, pitched in the middle of a Weaver neighborhood Sunday, hundreds of men, women and children oohed and ahhed as acrobats swung high above, a clown played pranks on visitors and elephants lumbered about, performing tricks.

At Michael Tucker Park, the trail’s end in Calhoun County, Anniston’s Parks and Recreation Department held the Spokes & Strings Bluegrass Festival. One mile north along that trail, Weaver residents and visitors gathered at Elwell Park to shop, eat and listen to live music at the city’s annual Heritage Festival.

Heritage Day events will begin at 8 a.m., Mayor Wayne Willis said Wednesday, and will wrap up around 3 p.m. Various musicians will take the stage at Weaver City Park starting at 9, Young said.

Stacie Marie Gardner, 31, worked as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega when she accepted $1,474 in January 2015 to smuggle a cell phone to the inmate, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance’s office in Birmingham.

“No one has asked for more money, but I am just here to tell the council that if they can’t get good candidates then we’re not going to be able to fill positions,” said Terri Summerlin, chairwoman of the civil service board. “I just want y’all to think about it.”

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