Memorial Day is solemn and festive, an odd combination of remembering the nation’s military deaths and celebrating the arrival of another interminable summer. Even the holiday’s roots are complicated by their connection to the Civil War. Sectional feelings die hard.

The 7th annual May Community Celebration to honor all veterans past and present will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Community Center at McCord’s Crossroads, 7290 County Road 16, Centre. All American meal will be $6 suggested donation and all veterans eat free. Parade line-up is at 9…

George Smith would never forgive us if we didn’t give y’all updates on the peach man. Smith, the longtime Anniston Star columnist who passed away April 9, for years alerted readers to the arrival of Ken Easterling and his truckloads of Chilton County peaches each summer.