Entertainment comes in a variety of packages. Reading an interesting historical novel is one package to unwrap in order to enter a different world far away, while the plant sale during August at the Anniston Museums’ Botanical Gardens can offer the fun of selecting lively colors and shapes f…

For the past 21 years, I have mostly managed to avoid work meetings. Every now and then I would show up for staff training or sit in on a brainstorming session, but meetings never took up much of my work day.

There’s lots of buzz in the local air about that movie coming to Netflix next month — the one that was filmed in places around Anniston and Jacksonville. “The Devil All the Time” is the title of it, adapted from a novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock.

A “Stuff the Bus” event for Anniston City Schools will be held today through Aug. 14 at Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Ave. Items needed: pencils, pens, scissors, glue, folders, crayons, spiral binders, notebook paper, markers, backpacks. Call 256-231-5000 for more information.

Jack Jack is a handsome adult mix breed dog. This friendly, playful boy enjoys catching treats and splashing in the pool. His $125 fee covers neuter, all shots, and microchip. The Animal Shelter, 1201 Parkwood Drive, is currently open by appointment only to pre-approved applicants. Visit AL7…

Five generations of the Brickhouse family are pictured as follows: Marjorie Malone Presley of Oxford and recently turned 95, (seated) great-great-grandmother; left to right, Daniel Brickhouse of Athens, Tenn., father; Sandra Brickhouse Wilson of Pell City, great-grandmother; Jeff Brickhouse …

The Double Dozen Club recently chose its newest members of the club. Members were selected from Calhoun County schools which included; Oxford, Donoho, Sacred Heart, Jacksonville, and Faith Christian. Young women that are rising sophomores are selected and expected to participate in various c…

A celebration was recently held for Axton Dickeson’s 4th birthday with a parade of family and friends. Axton was treated with a special surprise at the end. White Plains Fire Department took the time to join the parade and even gave Axton an extra special gift. His very own firefighter hat a…

Col. Kris J. Marshall, Georgia Army National Guard, graduated from the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Penn., with a master's degree in strategic studies on July 24.  

Jacksonville State University graduated its largest class in university history - 895 graduates - in Spring 2020. Due to COVID-19, commencement has been postponed to August 1. Graduates include: Kathleen Chevalier Waelti of Anniston and Markeisha De Arman of Weaver. 

One in 54 individuals is affected by autism spectrum disorder – The Autism Society of Alabama created the Run In 54, a virtual race challenge so that anyone, anywhere can participate in support of friends, family and others who face challenges associated with ASD.

The National Junior College Athletic Association and the Alabama Community College Conference recently announced its All-Academic teams for 2019-20. The NJCAA recognized 15 Gadsden State student-athletes for their academic achievement.

In last week’s Religion Roundtable in the Star’s Faith section, Rev. Laura Hutchinson of Anniston’s First Christian Church shared her belief that the current change we’re experiencing in our lives “is an accidental gift from an otherwise terrible event.”

A lot of beautiful kittens and cats from a hoarding situation are looking for a loving home. A “Kitty Palooza” adoption special of $25 for any adult cat (1 year or older) will be offered through Aug. 31 with an approved application. 

Little Girl is an adult mixed breed dog in a beautiful brindle. She is a medium energy, wiggly, happy, people and treat loving girl. Her $125 fee covers spay, shots, and microchip. The Animal Shelter, 1201 Parkwood Dr., is open by appointment for pre-approved adopters.. Visit AL75.petfinder.…

At the young age of only 9, she has accomplished great things in a few years. It all started in 2018, when she was in second grade, she saw a commercial where people were donating their hair to children with cancer, or other child related illnesses. She immediately wanted to donate her hair …