Joan Etnire, originally from England, is a retiree in Anniston. She came to America as a young war bride, with an infant in tow, on her way to live with her American soldier husband, Bob. She will turn 95 years old later this month, and has focused her life on taking care of others and volun…

Frances Howell owns 1st Class Parties and Events in Anniston. The facility hosts parties for children ages 1-12, and also has “open play time” twice a week. Howell enjoys hosting these events because she likes seeing the happiness on the faces of the children who attend.

Lonna Miller owns Buckner Event Plaza at McClellan. This Sunday, Miller is hosting “An Idol Evening: Gabby Barrett with Cade Foehner and friends,” a concert featuring "American Idol" contestants, at the Anniston Performing Arts Center, 1301 Woodstock Ave. Opening the show will be local actre…

Lindsey Hinkle is a singer-songwriter specializing in folk rock music. Her music is available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and Spotify. She’ll be playing at Shell’s Downtown, 105 N. Center Ave. in Piedmont, on Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

Jeanne Brock has spent her career working in the dog industry. Although she is retired from full-time employment, Brock still works part-time at Auburn University’s Canine Performance Sciences’ breeding program’s prison program and at VWK9.

Tyler Marbut is the owner of the restaurant Cecil’s Place in Jacksonville. Cecil’s Place specializes in hamburgers, chicken fingers and ice cream. The restaurant is located at 313 Pelham Road S. in Jacksonville and is open Monday-Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10:30…

Seth Johnson is the head of the art department at Jacksonville State University. The department’s Hammond Hall Art Gallery will be hosting a reception for three exhibit openings tonight from 5-7 p.m. The Hammond Hall and Round House galleries are also open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and F…

Allie Mitchell owns and coaches at Cheaha Cheer & Tumble in Anniston. Cheaha Cheer & Tumble is holding an interest meeting for a CheerAbilities team for athletes with special needs this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cheaha Cheer & Tumble, 1505 Sentinel Drive in Anniston.

Joanne Pope is the vice president of local arts organization Cheaha Creative Arts. This nonprofit provides education in the fine arts and performing arts to local children and adults. Although Pope does not consider herself an artist, she believes in the value of arts education and was instr…

James Roberts is the owner of the Ligero Leaf Cigar Bar in Anniston. In addition to cigars, the Ligero Leaf also offers a bar with wine, craft beer, bourbon or scotch. Roberts installed “smoke eaters” in the bar so patrons can enjoy their cigars without worrying about the smell staying on th…

Robert Powers is the president of the Anniston Runners Club. The club is hosting the 38th Annual Woodstock 5K, as well as the Kidstock 1K, on Aug. 4. The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m., and the 1K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of Anniston High School, 1301 Woodstock Ave.

River Kiener is the general manager at Java Jolt Coffee House in Jacksonville. Java Jolt will host its third “Behind the Bar” event on Saturday, focusing on espresso. If you are interested in attending the session, visit or call Java Jolt to add your name to the list in advance.

Carrie Adams owns Marie’s Pool Store in Anniston, a pool supply store that her mother started in Adams’ grandfather’s store. Marie’s Pool Store carries a wide range of chemicals, equipment and pool toys.

Ralpheal Graves is the head basketball coach at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School. He is also involved with the Anniston Basketball Club, east Alabama’s premier player development program. The club holds seasonal camps and clinics for players and coaches. Coach Graves’ Champion Coaching …

Lewis Downing is the proprietor of Downing & Sons, an iconic Anniston general store specializing in fabrics and garden and lawn supply. Downing & Sons is holding a contest on Facebook; everyone who “likes” and “shares” their post from June 15 will be entered into a drawing for a $300…

Meleah Oglesby has sold Mary Kay for nearly a decade. She has been in the Queen’s Court of Sales seven times in the last eight years. Last year, Oglesby finished sixth in the nation, and is currently fifth.

Tana Bryant is Anniston’s senior code enforcement officer. She has lived in Anniston for the past 15 years and worked for the City of Anniston for 12 years. She is also the treasurer of the Code Officials Association of Alabama, which presented her with the President’s Award in May.

Tank the gopher tortoise is a museum ambassador for the Anniston Museum of Natural History. She has been with the museum since the 1990s. As a museum ambassador, she helps present educational programs and helps teach the public about the importance of gopher tortoises to the Southeast.