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.…

John Long is an attorney and best-selling author on substance abuse. Arrested in 2000 for possession of crack cocaine, and threatened with losing his law license, Long went to treatment and joined a 12-step program. Now sober for 18 years and still practicing law, he has recently released hi…

Steve Yancey owns Home Advantage Living, an in-home assisted living service based in Anniston. Originally planning to work in real estate, he read an article about another company that provides this service and wanted to do the same. Yancey’s company currently employs 16 caregivers and plans…

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.