Betsy Davis is in her 12th year of volunteering with the Knox Concert Series’ annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” holiday ballet. She has stayed active as co-chair for so long because she things this event is important for the children who attend. The show begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the …

Danny Shears owns local small businesses Moore Printing and Regional Supply Company. He also currently serves on nine boards and committees in order to give back to the community. Those boards range from athletic to political to financial to technical to artistic.

Dale Smith has been one of Santa’s helpers since he was 9 years old. Finding out that Santa was not exactly what he thought he was disappointed him, but the next year, Smith realized that meant he could be one of Santa’s helpers.

Daniel O’Donnell is the saxophonist in local soul and funk-influenced rock band Caldonia. He cites Maceo Parker, Clarence Clemons and John Coltrane as influences on his style. Caldonia’s first mastered single, “Taxi,” will be released on Nov. 29, but you can listen to a demo version now on t…

Johnny Goss is celebrating his 30th year working as an insurance agent at Liberty National. Originally working in construction, he started working in insurance after a chance conversation with a friend. 

Franklin McLain joined the United States Marine Corps when he graduated Anniston High School, and he served for 30 years. He has been awarded a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service medal, Bronze Star, Navy Achievement medal, Navy Commendation medal and Good Conduct medal. The Calhoun County …

Colton Griffith is the vocalist and rhythm guitarist for local heavy metal band Wither Without You. They will be playing an extended set tomorrow night at Brother’s Bar in Jacksonville, 206 Pelham Road S. Brandon Hudgins will open with an acoustic set at 9 p.m. Wither Without You’s EP, “The …

Reinaldo Whyte is a music teacher, pastor and doctoral student in leadership. He also founded the Anniston Youth Orchestra for local students, including his daughters, to improve themselves through music. The AYO will present a free Christmas concert on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at Harvest Internati…

Jenniffer Whyte is a Spanish teacher at The Donoho School in Anniston. Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she considers Miami her hometown. Whyte is also the president of Bilingual Kids, a local nonprofit organization that meets on Saturdays at Harvest International Ministry,…

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.…