Branson Oliver and Dustin Travis are the American Cornhole League national college doubles champions. Oliver and Travis are juniors at Jacksonville State University. Oliver studies occupational safety and health, and Travis studies computer science. The champions will be recognized by Jackso…

Matt Walz owns Matt’s Computer in Jacksonville with his wife, Kelly. Originally a lounge for customers to access wifi, the shop now focuses on computer repair and networking. The shop is located at 1590 Pelham Road S., Suite 2, in Jacksonville and is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. Contact…

Shirley Morris is a preschool teacher in Anniston. Originally from Piedmont, she credits her community and her teachers with inspiring her. Still working at 82 years old, Morris currently spends her days as a teacher in the PreSchool Friends program at Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston.

Sue Glisan is a volunteer with Interfaith Ministries’ Christmas Clearing House. The program helps provide a Christmas for local low-income families. As a young adult, Glisan worked in banking before joining the Army and becoming one of the first female helicopter pilots.

Ace Haven, known outside of wrestling as Hugh Batey, is a professional wrestler and talent coordinator for ProSouth Wrestling in Piedmont. ProSouth Wrestling is celebrating its 10th anniversary Dec. 14.

Tangela Johnson has always enjoyed arts and crafts. After being diagnosed with a heart condition, she turned to aromatherapy as a way to manage her illness. In the last year, Johnson has turned her passion for creating into a small candle-making business. She plans to add soaps and incense t…

Walker Mason is a young entrepreneur from Anniston. His most recent venture is a rideshare app called TabXi (pronounced Tab-Zee); the name is a combination of the word “tabs,” from the tab function of the app, and “taxi.” Mason wanted to create a service similar to Lyft or Uber that was desi…

Joan Etnire, originally from England, is a retiree in Anniston. She came to America as a young war bride, with an infant in tow, on her way to live with her American soldier husband, Bob. She will turn 95 years old later this month, and has focused her life on taking care of others and volun…

Frances Howell owns 1st Class Parties and Events in Anniston. The facility hosts parties for children ages 1-12, and also has “open play time” twice a week. Howell enjoys hosting these events because she likes seeing the happiness on the faces of the children who attend.

Lonna Miller owns Buckner Event Plaza at McClellan. This Sunday, Miller is hosting “An Idol Evening: Gabby Barrett with Cade Foehner and friends,” a concert featuring "American Idol" contestants, at the Anniston Performing Arts Center, 1301 Woodstock Ave. Opening the show will be local actre…

Lindsey Hinkle is a singer-songwriter specializing in folk rock music. Her music is available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and Spotify. She’ll be playing at Shell’s Downtown, 105 N. Center Ave. in Piedmont, on Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

Jeanne Brock has spent her career working in the dog industry. Although she is retired from full-time employment, Brock still works part-time at Auburn University’s Canine Performance Sciences’ breeding program’s prison program and at VWK9.

Tyler Marbut is the owner of the restaurant Cecil’s Place in Jacksonville. Cecil’s Place specializes in hamburgers, chicken fingers and ice cream. The restaurant is located at 313 Pelham Road S. in Jacksonville and is open Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10:30…

Seth Johnson is the head of the art department at Jacksonville State University. The department’s Hammond Hall Art Gallery will be hosting a reception for three exhibit openings tonight from 5-7 p.m. The Hammond Hall and Round House galleries are also open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and F…

Allie Mitchell owns and coaches at Cheaha Cheer & Tumble in Anniston. Cheaha Cheer & Tumble is holding an interest meeting for a CheerAbilities team for athletes with special needs this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cheaha Cheer & Tumble, 1505 Sentinel Drive in Anniston.

Joanne Pope is the vice president of local arts organization Cheaha Creative Arts. This nonprofit provides education in the fine arts and performing arts to local children and adults. Although Pope does not consider herself an artist, she believes in the value of arts education and was instr…

James Roberts is the owner of the Ligero Leaf Cigar Bar in Anniston. In addition to cigars, the Ligero Leaf also offers a bar with wine, craft beer, bourbon or scotch. Roberts installed “smoke eaters” in the bar so patrons can enjoy their cigars without worrying about the smell staying on th…

Robert Powers is the president of the Anniston Runners Club. The club is hosting the 38th Annual Woodstock 5K, as well as the Kidstock 1K, on Aug. 4. The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 1K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of Anniston High School, 1301 Woodstock Ave.