Jacksonville State University’s Baptist campus minister grew up on the banks of the Coosa River in Hokes Bluff. He likes to say that he lived in the suburbs of Hokes Bluff. He was one of seven children.

Stephanie Young of Piedmont said her mother, Alma, liked to swim. In her honor, and to help build funds for Venecia’s Foundation, Stephanie went into the 56 degree water at the 4th Piedmont Polar Plunge Saturday holding her mother’s ashes.

If the weather cooperates, and this time it’s expected to, the 4th annual Piedmont Polar Plunge will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the aquatic center to benefit Venecia‘s Foundation. Those registering to take the plunge are asked to be there by 9 a.m.

The Piedmont City Council renewed its membership in a program Tuesday that offers air ambulance services to residents at no cost.

Nothing made Betty Jo Thacker Lawler happier than preparing meals for her family on Sunday. She did this as long as she could physically stand and prepare the food. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren looked forward to it as much as she did.

Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker has issued another challenge to the mayor of Weaver, Wayne Willis. Baker has dared his friend to take part in the 4th Annual Piedmont Polar Plunge at the Piedmont Aquatic Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

The Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama inducted long-time Piedmont resident Millard V. Young Jr., into the Alabama Petroleum and Convenience Marketing Hall of Fame in Montgomery on Dec. 7. Young was honored for his lifetime of outstanding service to the association, his community and the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries in Alabama.

Within the past couple of years, Piedmont native Bonnie Lumsden wanted to honor her late husband Harlan for their 59 years of marriage. He was a veteran and a football fan, especially when it came to cheering for the University of Alabama team.

Plans are being finalized this week for a Community Christmas Gathering at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the gazebo. David Cox, pastor of the Church of God, said that the Piedmont Ministerial Association will work out details in the next few days.

In 1959, Hubert Masters arrived in Piedmont from Albertville with his wife and children. He and his brother Roland opened a tire store and to see if they could make it a year. Today, OK Tire Store is 57 years strong.

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.

For the second consecutive year, the Piedmont Bulldogs are Alabama’s Class 3A football state champions. Everyone with Piedmont connections who was healthy enough to make the trip traveled to Auburn to see the Bulldogs defeat Mobile Christian 22-12 and finish 15-0 for the first time in the history of Piedmont football.

Officials in Piedmont had two reasons to be happy Tuesday morning. The city received slightly over 2 inches of rain Monday night, and the strong winds that came along with it did minor damage.

Just two teams – Piedmont and Mobile Christian – remain in the chase for the 2016 AHSAA Class 3A football championship. The title game will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. If the Bulldogs win their second consecutive championship they will have accomplished something no other Piedmont team has ever achieved – a 15-0 season.   

This is the time of year when families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving. A giant turkey decoration sits in the front yard of the home of Terry and Sandra Smith at 611 South Main St. There’s also a University of Alabama flag and an American flag. In Alabama, Thanksgiving time also means football. The Iron Bowl will be Saturday at Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. Unbeaten and No.1-ranked Alabama is the favorite to defeat Auburn. The game is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be carried nationally by CBS.

For the past two years, Christine Hall has helped children paint Christmas ornaments at her shop, With Love Boutique. This year is to be different. Four months ago, her baby, Rob, entered the world. He has already pressed his tiny hand into a bisque mold.

Veterans were seated up front in the dining room of Piedmont Healthcare Center Wednesday so that they could be better see and hear fifth grade students entertain and celebrate them for their service.