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…

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 …