Piedmont Christmas parade co-chairmen Ben Singleton and Carl Hinton said they could think of no better individuals to honor this year than America’s veterans who live right here in Piedmont or in the area. That’s why they chose the veterans, and those currently serving in the armed forces, as grand marshals for the parade, which will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Old Piedmont National Guard Armory.

Spring Garden’s girls overcame a late rally by visiting Anniston Monday and defeated the Bulldogs 45-40. Anniston managed to force a 40-40 tie with about 90 seconds to play. A.J. Broome and Payton McGinnis each hit free throws late to provide the winning points.

Kerry Hyatt Turner has never ventured from her roots in the Rabbittown community. She was born and reared there and spent a lot of her time at Hyatt’s Grocery Store, which was owned by her parents, the late Allen and Alice (Thomas) Hyatt.

It is Christmas time, and since Alabama is one of the most charitable states in the nation, I would expect that many of us are in the giving mood and plan to help many worthy causes across our great state.  Unfortunately, it appears that some recent rulings by the Alabama Ethics Commission are going to make it more difficult for charities across the state to raise the funds that they need to serve our communities.

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.