Appointing bodies replaced five of the nine members of the Calhoun County Bingo Regulatory Commission in the last two weeks to improve its efficiency.


James Blanchard is entering his eleventh season coaching high school football at Piedmont, all as defensive coordinator. For the past eight seasons, Blanchard has also served as the Bulldogs’ head baseball coach, a span has been the most successful in Piedmont’s baseball history.


When Geraldine Garrett Stitts, 81, began teaching special education, she said a prayer. “If I can’t help them, please don’t let me harm them.”

When she ended her 35 year teaching career, Geraldine felt good about what she had accomplished. She felt she’d helped pave the way for her students to lead productive lives.


I was, like most children growing up in Calhoun during the 1950s and 60s, fascinated by a person who shot and dismembered two brothers and threw their body parts out the window of a car across three Alabama counties. Viola Hyatt’s murderous act pierced the hearts of adults and children with a level of intrigue that persists even today. In the 1960s, we children repeated the story around campfires and scared each other in dark places. Adults back then imagined a mass murderer on the loose and will always remember the fear.


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.