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…

Candace Rivers owns Fit’s Possible at 1105 Noble St. in Anniston. The fitness studio offers several fitness classes each day. You can pay $7 per class, $65 a month for a three-month membership, or $50 a month for a 12-month membership. Personal training is available for $50 an hour.

Nannie Lou Brittain Moore has lived in Alexandria all of her life — 100 years! She was married to her husband, Hasken, for 48 years. Although Moore never moved from her town, she has enjoyed some travel. An LSU fan, she enjoyed being in Omaha for LSU’s bottom-of-the-ninth win against Miami i…

Zandra Sills has been operating Zandra’s Boutique, a women’s clothing store, for 33 years now. In that time she has seen fashions change, and change again, and change again. The store is currently located at 916 S. Leighton Ave. in Anniston.

Dawn Trainer volunteers with the Jacksonville Arts Council to provide events and artistic outlets for Jacksonville and the surrounding communities. On April 27, the JAC will hold “Fair on the Square” on the Square in Jacksonville. The council is accepting interested vendors through April 16.

Eli Wright, originally from Havana, Cuba, is a photographer living in Riverside. Although he works in customer service during the week, he makes time for his passion through his business, Cubster Cosplay Photography. This past weekend, he was at the local AnniCon convention celebrating Asian…

Greg Cheatham plays bass guitar and provides vocals for local groove-based rock band 3XL. The band’s next show is Saturday at 9 p.m. at Chestnut Station in Gadsden. You can see 3XL in the Anniston area in April.

Angie Bentley owns Glamour Studio, a hair and nail salon in Anniston. A hairdresser with more than 30 years of experience, she loves the relationships she forms with the people she works with and her clients — some of whom started coming to her as children and continue to get their hair styl…

Brett Barnes of Anniston owns Barnes & Co. with his wife, Kristin. Barnes & Co. sells furniture and household goods crafted from wood and metal by Brett. Pieces range from $15 to more than $2,000, and can be seen in the online Etsy store (BarnesandCo). You can also contact Brett and …

David Winkles is the leader of Southern City Lights, an award-winning wedding band from Heflin. The last two years in a row, Southern City Lights won The Knot’s “Best Of” and Wedding Wire’s “Couple’s Choice Awards.” You can find the band on Facebook or their website, southerncitylightsband.com.

Joe Donahue of Jacksonville is pursuing a project he hopes could boost the local economy. He has written a script for a television pilot of a show called “The Chameleon Stone Chronicles.”

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.