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

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.

The Piedmont City Council tabled a decision Tuesday to upgrade the Police Department’s record system so as to compare costs for such services.

Mayor Bill Baker said response to the downtown prayer service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the gazebo has been overwhelming.

Many in Piedmont, including Rick Freeman, have made the statement that having a fireworks show in Piedmont is something everyone has been talking about for years, “but it took a bunch of young people to take the initiative to get it done.”

Bicycles abounded outside of Eubanks Welcome Center early Saturday morning, and many of those on them were active-duty U.S. military members.

Rachel Smith began teaching group fitness in 1997 after she graduated from college. She’s taught a number of classes, including step aerobics, kick-boxing and indoor cycling. Smith is currently teaching pump classes at Ladiga Fitness.

Mayor Bill Baker and City Council members have been discussing for some time how to make Piedmont more attractive. They’ve recently procured new benches for the downtown area.

 Two more of Piedmont’s native sons will become members of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday. Bob Miller, Piedmont High School Class of 1948, and Larry Gowens, PHS Class of 1955, will be inducted at a banquet in Oxford as two of the six members of the Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. Gowens and his wife, Jane, continue to live in Piedmont. Miller and his wife, Betty, make their home in LaGrange, Ga.

The Piedmont Board of Education officially approved the summer jobs during its regular meeting Monday. While the school system has placed students in summer jobs over the years, this is the first time any will work in the health care industry.

For many years, K. L. “Koven” Brown has looked forward to being able to park both cars in his two-car garage. That might just happen now that Brown is selling the business he’s owned since November 1978, K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Eugene Angel is 91. He likes to watch a good western movie every now and then, although “they don’t have too many good ones on any more.” He likes to cut two acres of grass every week and work in his garden.

What he likes more than anything though, is to “look at this pretty thing sitting here beside me.”

Mike Pody, president of the Piedmont Athletic Booster Club, said Tuesday that his nonprofit is working to file all the applications needed to take advantage of a recent state law that raised bingo payouts in Calhoun County to $1 million, the highest in the state.

Anita Kilgore won an award for The Jacksonville News and one for The Piedmont Journal at the 2015 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in Destin, Fla., recently.