Today is the deadline to RSVP for a “BBQ Block Party” to be held at 5:30 p.m. July 27 at McClellan Independent & Assisted Living, 41 Polkville Drive. Bring your lawn chair for food, live music, fun and tours. Call 256-403-6808 to make your reservation.


The Original Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. every Saturday and Wednesday behind the Calhoun County Administrative Building.


The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the West Anniston Foundation, will provide meals to all children between the age of 0-18 without charge at Parkwin Homes, Parkwin Avenue, with lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through July 31.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.


Calhoun County Schools will provide meals to children during the summer as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. There are no income requirements and any child 18 years of age and younger may eat breakfast and lunch free. All meals must be eaten on site; leftovers may not be removed from the eating area. One meal may be served per child. Meals are served in the school’s cafeteria. The SFSP sites/times are listed below.

• Saks High School, Monday through July 19, Monday-Thursday, breakfast 7:15-7:45 a.m.; lunch 11-11:30 a.m.

•Wellborn High School, Monday through July 19, Monday-Thursday, breakfast 7:30-8 a.m.; lunch 11-11:30 a.m.

•Ohatchee High School, Tuesday through July 19, Tuesday-Thursday, breakfast 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch 10:30-11:30 a.m.


A free JSU College for Kids! Summer lecture series will be held 1-2 p.m. Monday and Thursday and July 22 and 26 in the Children’s Corner on the fifth floor of the Houston Cole Library. The lectures will include hands-on experiences, show and tell and activities. All children who attend at least five lectures will get special diplomas a the end of the program. A graduation party will be held July 26. Call 256-782-5245 for more information.


Upcoming events at the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Gardens include the following:

• Shell Dig and Discover, 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, (excluding July 17), in the auditorium, for children 12 and under.

• Catch Cheyenne, 1-3 p.m.,Thursdays, in the exhibit halls, program is free with paid admission. Members are free.

• HiStories, 10:30-11:30 a.m., July 26, Berman Museum Galleries, suggested for ages 5-9. Pre-registration is required by calling 256-237-6261. Program is free with paid museum admission. Members are free.

• Third Thursday in the Gardens, Watermelon wingding, 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Longleaf Botanical Gardens classroom. Call 256-237-6766 to reserve your spot. Reservations are required. Cost is $5 per person and free to members.

• Vintage Bazaar, public shopping during museum hours, July 21-July 28, during museum hours at Berman Museum auditorium. Vendors interested in selling call David Ford at 256-237-6261, ext. 321.

• Saturday Alive! Florida vacation, 11 a.m., July 21 in the AMNH auditorium. Seating is limited and based on first come, first served basis. Program in included in museum admission. Members are free.

• Gallery Chats: The American Civil War, 1:30-2:30 p.m., July 21, at Berman Museum Galleries. Program included in museum admission. Members are free. The chat will begin in the lobby and then move to the American West gallery.

• Nocturnal Night at the Museum, 5 p.m., drop off at 5 p.m. July 27 at Anniston Museum of Natural History and pick up at 8 a.m. July 28. Program is designed to entertain and educate children ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required and limited to 20 children. Registration ends July 20. Call 256-237-6766 to register. Dinner, a bedtime snack and breakfast will be provided. Participants are required to bring their own pillow, sleeping bag and any other items necessary for bedtime. This event is for children only. Separate sleeping areas will be provided for boys and girls. There will be a minimum of one staff member for every five children. During registration, please inform the museum of any dietary and/or special medical needs. $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Sibling discount is $10 off each additional ticket when purchasing two or more tickets.


Incoming freshmen at Gadsden State Community College are invited to attend a Cardinal Commit orientation from 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the computer science auditorium on the Ayers Campus. Call 256-549-8305 or visit or email for more information.


The Northeast Alabama Ballroom Dance Society invites you to attend the Denim & Diamonds dance with live music by the Traylor Band at the Rainbow City Library/Community Center, 3702 Rainbow Drive, Rainbow City. A beginner dance lesson is from 6-7 p.m. July 21. Partner not required. The dance is 7-10 p.m. Ladies and gentlemen: Nice casual (this time nice jeans are allowed). Tickets sold at the door. Members are $6, guests are $12. Call 256-490-5805 or 256-473-0104 for more information.


The Feeding Cleburne Organization will hold three food distributions July 21 with the morning distribution at 10 a.m. at Way of Life Fellowship, 21459 Main St., Ranburne and Bethel United Methodist Church, 1795 County Road 80, Muscadine. The afternoon distribution is 2 p.m. at Edwardsville Church of God, 4111 Main St., Edwardsville. For each distribution line up in your vehicle for registration and proceed through the line where volunteers will load groceries into your vehicle. (You may be served only once but may go to either location.) The event is held the third Saturday of each month and serves the nutritionally challenged who reside in Cleburne County and other counties that are served by the Alabama Emergency Food Assistance program. Visit Feeding Cleburne’s Facebook page for more information.


The AlaBenton Genealogical Society will sponsor a summer workshop from 1-5 p.m. July 21 in the Ayers room of the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. Guest speaker will be Lisa Mills. She will cover topics under the title “Questions a Genealogist has Today: Which software is Best for Me?, What is an Archives and why do I want to go there?, How to get the most out of and family history at the next level: DNA.” Pre-registration is $20 and $25 at the door. Registration forms are available on the society Facebook page and in the Alabama room of the Public Library.


Gadsden State Community College Veterans Upward Bound program will host Tech Tuesday BYOD: Learn to use iPad/iPod Touch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24 at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center in Anniston and Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus. The workshop is customized to offer assistance in using the latest technology devices. Please RSVP to 256-549-8204. VUB is a TRiO program funded 100% by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information or to see if you are eligible to receive free services to help you continue your education contact the VUB Office at 256-549-8286/8328 or email


Lunch and Learn programs are free with no reservations required and are held the 4th Wednesday of the month from April through September. Eric Shavey of the Alabama Extension System will speak on “Safe Use of Chemicals in the Home Garden” noon-1 p.m. July 25 at Cane Creek Community Gardens at McClellan, 77 Justice Ave. Bring your own lunch. The programs are sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners and the Calhoun County Commission. Call 256-237-1621 for more information.


The Fourth Friday Makers’ Markets will be 5-8 p.m. July 27 in the Anniston downtown Historic District. For details, contact Reilly Johnson, city of Anniston Main Street director at 256-689-5479 or email


Winterboro High School class of 1968 reunion will be noon-9 p.m. July 28 at Billy Ray Wills home, 1245 Marble Quarry Road, Talladega. Bring covered dish, dessert and drink of choice. Classmates before and after 1968 are welcome. Call 256-493-5193 for more information.


The 4th annual Fort McClellan MP reunion will be held 5-10 p.m. July 28. Events are schedule for July 26-28. Details are on the Fort McClellan Military Police Company group page on Facebook. Call 256-225-1727 for more information.


Gadsden State Community College fine arts department presents its summer art exhibition “Immigrant Life” by Juan Lopez-Bautista, an artist and University of Alabama biology professor. The show is in the Pierce Cain Learning Resource Center at the Ayers Campus through Aug. 10.


ROAR: Respect Our Area Responders event will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Chapel Hill, 542 W. 52nd St. The event will feature emergency awareness, information, food, drinks and door prizes. Call 256-820-5151 for more information.


Registration is underway at Gadsden State Community College for fall semester 2018 and continues through Aug. 22. The first day of class is Aug. 20 for full fall semester and fall mini I sessions. Visit and click on the link to “myGadsdenState” at the top of the page to begin the registration process or click “APPLY NOW” to be admitted. For more information, call 256-549-8259 or email


The Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) has launched, a website dedicated to the Alabama Tax Delinquency Amnesty Program of 2018, created by Act 2018-153.

The amnesty application period runs through Sept. 30, 2018, and applies to eligible taxes due before, or for tax periods that began before, Jan. 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted electronically through the Alabama tax amnesty website, where taxpayers can sign up to receive notifications about the program. The website also provides all the information taxpayers may need on the program and answers to frequently asked questions.

The amnesty program will be available to eligible taxpayers who have not been contacted by the department within the last two years and are not a party to a criminal investigation or litigation in any court of the United States or Alabama pending as of March 6, 2018, for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation to any Alabama taxes administered by the Department.

Most taxes administered by ADOR, with the exception of motor fuel, motor vehicle, and property taxes, are eligible for the 2018 Amnesty Program. This includes, but is not limited to, corporate and individual income, business privilege, financial institution excise, consumers use, sellers use, withholding, and sales taxes.

All penalties and interest will be waived for approved amnesty applications.

Taxpayers who believe they may have delinquent tax liabilities in Alabama should consult with their tax advisers regarding their eligibility for the tax amnesty program.

For more information on taxpayer eligibility, eligible tax types, leniency terms, the application process, and more, visit or email


Reservations are being accepted for a bus tour to Virginia Beach, Historic Norfolk and Colonial Williamsburg. A dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk will be included. The trip is for seven days and six nights, Oct. 14-20. Call Regina at 256-492-8505 or 256-393-9055 for more information.


Mahalo Janna Hoehn, a volunteer for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is in need of assistance obtaining photos or any information that may help find a photo to go with the names of every fallen hero whose name is etched on the wall. There are 58,315 names on the wall and 53,000 photos have been collected to date. If a name is not included and you wish to look up a loved one or a friends name, go to and type the name in the search box, the profile will come up. If you wish to replace the photo for your loved one with a better photo, you may submit that also. Please submit any photos or information to Janna Hoehn at The list below reflects the names from our area that still need a photo.

Calhoun County:

• Ollis Brewster, (date of birth/date of death) 1941-1968, of Wellington.

• Alfred J. Holden, 1933-1966, Jacksonville.

• Willie Hoover Jr., 1943-1972 Anniston.

• Ralph E. Johnson, 1930-1969, Wellington.

• David Ledbetter, 1948-1968, Piedmont.

• James R. Lovell, 1949-1969, Anniston.

• Herman A. McBride, 1932-1967, Jacksonville.

• Paul R. Standridge, 1934-1968, Anniston.

Cleburne County:

• Clifford L. Ervin, 1948-1968, Heflin.

Talladega County:

• Johnnie R. Compton, 1949-1968, Sylacauga.

• Robert E. Gardner, 1942-1968, Sylacauga.

• Jack Moss Jr., 1948-1970, Talladega.

• Eddie L. Moton Jr., 1946-1967, Talladega.

• Edward L. Nix, 1946-1968, Alpine.

• William D. Sapp, 1936-1971, Oxford.

• Lee W. Swain Jr., 1942-1968, Alpine.