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…

Julie Mangham is a local jeweler specializing in metalsmithing. She began metalsmithing as a therapeutic hobby during one of her husband’s deployments. Mangham’s jewelry is heavily inspired by nature and is available online at Sweet Rock Metal Shop on Etsy.

Ted Embry is a volunteer chaplain at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center and serves as team lead for the Cheaha Crisis Management Team. The CCMT is a group of professionals who provide psychological first aid to first responders who have experienced critical incidents. 

Helen Pitts spent her marketing career working in cosmetics. After the death of her beloved dog, Daisy, she became involved in finding lost pets and reuniting them with their owners. While working to find a lost dog, she encountered “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” stars Rob McElhenney an…

Scott Howard is participating in Make-A-Wish Alabama’s Trailblaze Challenge fundraiser. Participants in the fundraiser train to complete a 26.3 mile hike in one day on the Pinhoti Trail. The first set of participants hiked on May 1, and the second group of participants will complete the hike…

Sonja George is the mental health services coordinator of Anniston City Schools. Originally working in adult mental health, George wanted to work with children because she sees the benefit of addressing mental health needs at an early age to deter the possibility of future life interruptions…

Charlotte Arnold is taking part in Make-A-Wish Alabama’s Trailblaze Challenge fundraiser. She has raised $2,080 of her $2,500 goal to help kids in our area on the wish list. Click here to learn more or contribute.

Sarrah Peters is the children’s librarian at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. She grew up in a family of readers but struggled learning how to read. Once Peters learned how, she read constantly — even getting in trouble for reading instead of doing homework and chores. Original…

Erin New, candidate for Eagle Scout, has volunteered at the Anniston Museum of Natural History for about three years. She has been involved in Scouting for about six years. New’s Eagle project is constructing a new enclosure for Marley, the museum’s Asian Water Monitor. 

Jason and Casi Brown own and operate North Alabama Storm Shelters out of Ohatchee. Jason Brown vividly remembers the Palm Sunday tornado that blew through his church service on its destructive path to Piedmont. The Browns were inspired to start the shelter installation business after becomin…

Kandi Williams is infection preventionist and nurse manager (Progressive Care Unit) at Regional Medical Center. She is also involved with the Vaccination Task Force as vaccine coordinator for RMC Anniston. Williams orders, ensures administration of and reporting for all of the vaccines that …

Corey Mize is a teacher at Jacksonville High School and the organizer of a new program there, “Top Notch Tuesday.” The program encourages everyone to dress up “just because” it is Tuesday. Participants in “Top Notch Tuesday” learn how to tie neckties and take pride in one’s appearance. The p…

Tamara Kidd owns TKakes, a small bakery specializing in pound cakes. When she isn’t baking, Kidd is a social worker, program supervisor for supportive housing and supervisor for a money management program for adults at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, where she has been employed…

Dorien Johniken is a junior at The Donoho School. His art, “The Ascension,” was recently selected as the cover art for “The Modern Green Book”, a database in the same vein as “The Green Book” of the early to mid-1900s. Digital copies of “The Modern Green Book” are available at moderngreenbook.net. 

Valerie and Anna Jones are a mother-daughter Girl Scout duo. They live in Oxford, where Anna is a sophomore at Oxford High School. To learn more about buying Girl Scout cookies this season, visit https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies/How-to-Buy.html or speak with a local Gi…

Bethany Prestridge is the founder of The Jaya House, a local business supporting the fight against human trafficking in India. Feeling unfulfilled by the products her business originally sold, Prestridge decided to shift the focus of The Jaya House from children’s apparel to bags. For more i…

Terri Burson is an artist who works with craft companies including Cricut and Scrapbook. Burson’s work was most recently highlighted in the fall 2020 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today and the 2020 winter issue of Creative Scrapbooker. Some of her hand drawn images were made into stamps an…

Dalton and Tiffany Jones own The Honey Shack, a local shop selling a variety of gifts, including honey from bees they keep. As small business owners, Dalton uses his background in technology and graphic design, and Tiffany uses her creativity and artistic eye. Currently, The Honey Shack inve…

Shane Spears is the systems librarian at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. He was an avid reader as a child and has grown to enjoy audiobooks as an adult. In his position as systems librarian, Spears is able to combine his love of technology with his love of libraries into a career.

Makahl Robinson, a marketing student at Gadsden State, is a TikTok star. The Anniston native has nearly 80,000 followers on the viral video app. Robinson’s content focuses mostly on cooking—one video of him making a Rotel dip has more than 7,000,000 views. If you would like to see Robinson’s…

Pam McKenzie has been working as a volunteer handling seating reservations for the annual Knox production of “The Nutcracker” for 24 years. This year, due to capacity restrictions in place because of COVID-19, there will be a performance this Saturday at 2 p.m. in addition to the traditional…

Gary “Pete” Cobb is the commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 98 in Anniston and senior vice commander of American Legion Post 57 in Jacksonville. He was drafted into the Army when he was 19 years old and graduated basic training the day he turned 20.