Shannon Waters is the group sales and events coordinator at Cheaha State Park. She enjoyed visiting the park for years before submitting her resume “on a whim.” As the group sales and events coordinator, Waters oversees several popular park rental locations and helps renters find the best ve…

Whitney Watson is a family nurse practitioner who served as an ICU nurse for the majority of the pandemic. She currently works in occupational health and wellness in the Tyler Center, and in December, she will be working in the emergency room at RMC and Stringfellow hospitals. When she is no…

Dr. Gregory Chapman is a cardiologist working at UAB, and he recently released his book, “A Strong & Steady Pulse: Stories From A Cardiologist.” He wrote the book to help patients and caregivers be more aware about cardiovascular issues. 

Alexandria Williams is the director of the Hokes Bluff library. This Saturday at 10 a.m., the Hokes Bluff library will host a talk and book signing by Dr. Greg Chapman, a cardiologist originally from Hokes Bluff. The talk is free and books will be available for sale. The library is located a…

Chip Giddens is a Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County board member. The retired U.S. Army colonel first became involved with Habitat for Humanity through his current employer. Lobsterfest, the annual fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County, returns to Grace Episcopal Church …

Ryleigh Pollard is Little Miss Alabama United States and is competing this week in Las Vegas for the title of Little Miss United States. The White Plains Elementary School student enjoys math and reading and is involved in several extracurricular activities. Follow her journey through Facebo…

Tim Lockette always wanted to be a writer. Formerly a reporter for The Anniston Star, he currently teaches at Jacksonville State University and just celebrated the release of his second book, “Tell It True.”

Morgan Turner is an associate attorney at Boardman, Carr, Petelos, Watkins, & Ogle, PC in the Birmingham area where she maintains a general civil practice. Turner also founded the Run for Recovery 5K, a fundraising event to encourage conversations about substance abuse and mental illness…

Lauren Robinson is the director of the Sav-A-Life center in Jacksonville. Sav-A-Life offers such services as free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, parenting classes and abortion-recovery small groups. Anyone interested in learning more about Sav-A-Life or becoming a volunteer at either Calhou…

Krystal Daniel owns Big Mike’z, a mobile kitchen specializing in chicken wings, hamburgers, funnel cakes and more. The food truck is located at 1813 Noble St. To learn more about Big Mike’z, like and follow their Facebook page. 

Charles Barclay, aka DJ Chazz, will serve as the MC for the Anniston Heritage Festival. The festival will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28th, in Zinn Park. The festival is free and open to the public, and activities will be provided for children and adults. The festival will feature live…

Destini Elston is a summer intern at the Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention. As an intern at ASAP, Elston has done public speaking engagements, taught lessons at the local Boys and Girls Clubs and utilized her creative background to design comics, flyers and the agency’s billboard on Gree…

This past school year, Benjamin Kocian was honored as an “Alexander Shunnarah Teacher of the Month” by Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, P.C. He was nominated by a former student who was impacted by his lessons and class discussions. More than 1,200 teachers across the state of Alabama we…

Kanada Simmons Jr. and his brother, Kanadre, work at their father’s business, CEI Services, a facility maintenance company. Due to their involvement in the business, the brothers recently were invited to join the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce as junior members. Kanada recently spoke abo…

Eden and Zion Smith are local cosmetic entrepreneurs. The newly-selected Junior Members of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce started their business, EZ Cosmetics, with the encouragement of their parents. The Smiths are proud of their products -- made with all-natural ingredients -- and …

Steven Miles is the owner of the new small business Pinhoti Printing in Heflin, as well as a record aficionado whose personal collection is close to 2,000 albums. On July 17, you may find him at a record store near you celebrating this year’s second Record Store Day. Record stores in the are…

Ken Knapp is known around the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County as the “Lego Man.” Originally becoming involved with Lego builds because of his son, Knapp’s interest in Lego increased in the last year as he needed a hobby to replace traveling. Due to a friendship between his wife, Ca…

Aubrey Fullbright owns a local bookstore and metaphysical shop, Romarin et Corbeaux, with her husband, Leland. The couple saw a demand in the area for this kind of store due to their experience of visiting multiple shops hours away to find certain items they wanted. Romarin et Corbeaux is lo…

Gail White is organizing the seventh annual Fort McClellan military police reunion. This year, the reunion will take place July 29-31 and feature entertainment from musician Tim McDonald, as well as several other activities, including the unveiling of a plaque honoring the military police an…

Hayden Parris is a local, young fifth generation farmer focusing on raising chickens and selling eggs. Although Parris doesn’t bring her goods to town by wagon like her great-great-grandfather did, she does continue her family’s long-standing tradition of selling goods at farmers markets — i…