Meg McLendon is a fitness instructor at the Anniston and Oxford YMCAs. Originally working as a registered nurse, she has made a career of helping people. The newest class led by McLendon is SilverSneakers Splash. 

Austin Lloyd is a musician living in the Anniston area. After losing his job, he picked up his guitar as a way to express himself and found that he enjoyed playing music for a living. His music is available on his Facebook page, SoundCloud and YouTube channel. 

Mack Pekar is the gaming director for the newly opened South Beach Sports Bar and Grill at McClellan. The sporting club is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. It boasts two pool tables, six dart boards, eight sand volleyball courts…

Angie Smith is the coordinator for the Calhoun County Voting Rights Project. This non-partisan group works to raise awareness about the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons. A change in Alabama law in 2017 immediately made over 280,000 Alabama residents eligible to vote. 

Jim Williams, a retired Naval officer, is a volunteer with several organizations in the Anniston area. He is currently training to volunteer as a service officer with Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Williams also puts his military experience to work as a mentor in the Veterans Court progra…

Ed Harrison turned 100 years old in July. He received letters from Sen. Doug Jones and the Office of Personnel Management, as well as two proclamations from the Alabama House of Representatives, courtesy of Rep. Randy Wood and Rep. Steve Hurst. A World War II veteran, Harrison was not suppos…

Keith Wilson owns Alpaca Expedition Outfitters, a local shop with a mission to provide hope. The storefront location — next to Southern Girl Coffee in downtown Oxford — is currently closed due to construction, but you can shop online at AlpacaExpeditionOutfitters.com. Alpaca Expedition Outfi…

Dan Plunkett is the new compliance specialist working for the Jacksonville State University athletics department. Recently graduated with a masters degree from Southeast Missouri State University, Plunkett ran the Woodstock 5K and placed first in his age category. 

Janis Burns is the superintendent of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation department. She realized she wanted to be involved in recreation while working her first job at a concession stand in high school. Burns earned her degree in recreation and worked for the city of Anniston, as well as in…

Timothy Watkins manages his family’s shop, Daffy’s Frozen Custard, at 1107 W. Meighan Blvd. in Gadsden. The drive-through-only location opened on May 3. The Watkins are planning to open more Daffy’s locations with dine-in options in the next year. 

Michelle Manning is a local urban fiction author. Her book “Exposure Behind These Black Walls” is available through major booksellers, with her second, “Lust” coming in two weeks. Both books are appropriate for adult readers. Manning’s 4-year-old daughter is also releasing a book in two week…

Grace Ogle owns the newly opened day spa A Touch Of Grace. She enjoys helping other people look and feel good, and she has been able to create a career doing so as an aesthetician. A Touch Of Grace is located at 1674 Hillyer Industrial Parkway S. in Oxford.

Keegan Bost is one of the featured music acts on Friday at Anniston’s Fourth Friday event. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter is influenced by artists like John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Ben Rector and Jon Bellion. Fourth Friday will be held in downtown Anniston on Noble Street this Friday, 6-9 p.m.…

John Long is an attorney and best-selling author on substance abuse. Arrested in 2000 for possession of crack cocaine, and threatened with losing his law license, Long went to treatment and joined a 12-step program. Now sober for 18 years and still practicing law, he has recently released hi…

Steve Yancey owns Home Advantage Living, an in-home assisted living service based in Anniston. Originally planning to work in real estate, he read an article about another company that provides this service and wanted to do the same. Yancey’s company currently employs 16 caregivers and plans…

Anita Ambrister is recently retired from teaching after 40 years. A mostly self-taught artist, she taught art at Oxford for the last 20 years. In her retirement, Ambrister plans to focus on creating more of her own art, as well as sharing tips and teaching art classes. Until then, the commun…

Jamie Pate left her job in automotive assembly to work in animal rescue. Pate works at the League for Animal Welfare in Anniston. The League is hosting a yard sale fundraiser June 1 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The address is 2726 Bynum-Leatherwood Road. They will have books, a dishwasher, lots of…

Jan Roberts is retiring after nearly four decades of teaching and coaching. She spent almost all of her career at Pleasant Valley and working as a case manager. Roberts is still making up her mind about what she will do in retirement, but she does not plan on leaving education completely.

Kathy Sellers is a local author whose latest release, “The Day of Bella,” is available for purchase through Amazon. It’s her fourth book. She is already working on her fifth book, “Big Jake’s Little Wife,” a western about a mail-order bride. You can meet Sellers at a book signing on June 8 f…

Darrell Farmer is a local actor returning to the stage this weekend in CAST’s production of “Mamma Mia” at the JSU Theatre at McClellan, 100 Gamecock Drive in Anniston. He plays Harry Bright, a wealthy Englishman who is one of three men who are potentially the biological father of Sophie She…

Megan Parris is the frontwoman for local party band Parris. She began her singing career as a young child singing in a church choir with her grandmother. She has performed in several bands before forming her current band. Parris will play at Chestnut Station in Gadsden on May 4.

Jackie Kelley has been teaching at Wellborn High School for 21 years. Her program is designed to help students with special needs learn the curriculum while becoming more independent. “I think we have one of the best programs in the state,” Kelley said. “I could retire now, but I am just not…