Southern Girl Coffee roasting facility

Southern Girl Coffee owners Leah Sparks and Bobby Jones at there new roasting facility and store in downtown Oxford.

The owners of Southern Girl Coffee say they are pleased with the turnout to the grand opening Saturday for the company’s roasting facility and store in downtown Oxford.

Leah Sparks, who runs Southern Girl Coffee with her head roaster and stepfather Bobby Jones, said somewhere between 100 and 200 people showed up for the event.

Sparks said the store, which will sell whole bean and ground coffee, will have limited hours for now, staying open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. But the owners hope to one day expand to have a coffee shop, she said.

The store is at 31 C Choccolocco St. in Oxford. Sparks, a member of Main Street Oxford, said having her business in the downtown area of the city was incredibly important to her.

For more information about Southern Girl Coffee, follow the business on Facebook at


Workplace deaths in Alabama down from last year

Workplace injuries took the lives of 66 Alabama residents in 2013, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in October.

That's a decrease of 18 fatalities compared to 2012.

According to the department, Alabama has ranged from a high of 155 deaths in 1996 to this year's low.

For 2013, the 66 fatalities included 32 from transportation-related incidents; 11 from violence and other injuries by persons or animals; and 10 from falls, slips or trips.


Small Business Center hold Government Matchmaker seminar

The head of Jacksonville State University’s Small Business Development Center says he was pleased with the turnout earlier this month for a local event that put area businesses in touch with government contractors.

Ken Grissom, program coordinator for the center, described the center’s Government Opportunity Matchmaker as speed dating for companies interested in work with the federal government or its contractors.

He said the event, held Nov. 6 at Houston Cole Library at JSU, saw 19 government contractors and 57 local clients of the Small Business Center attend. Three tables had representatives from NASA, he said.

The seminar also included a time for the contractors to talk about upcoming projects.

Grissom said the center tries to put on an event every year that introduces local companies to government contractors.

For more information about the center, go to or call 256-782-5271.


Autumn Cove to host December Business and Biscuits

Anniston assisted living facility Autumn Cove will host December’s Business and Biscuits, a monthly morning networking opportunity for Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce members, held on the first Thursday of each month at various member locations.

The Autumn Cove event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the facility, which is at 4425 Greenbrier Dear Road.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

I'm the assistant metro editor for The Anniston Star. I edit, post online stories and write the occasional story.