Maci Barnwell is this year’s valedictorian at Jacksonville Christian Academy. She has earned multiple academic awards, as well as the award for Best Offensive Volleyball Player. Barnwell received a four-year, merit-based scholarship to Jacksonville State University, where she plans to study …

Jeromy and Sheay Hodge are the parents of White Plains High School senior Jacob Hodge. As schools shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Hodges tried to find a way to celebrate their son’s upcoming graduation. They found a Facebook group that allowed users to “adopt” a…

Chris Proper is an equipment operator for the City of Jacksonville. He also works as a member of Alabama Snake Removers, a statewide group whose members safely remove venomous and nonvenomous snakes from properties and release them into nature. 

Nanette Mudiam is the executive director of St. Michael’s Clinic, run by the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels. The clinic is adapting to serving more low-income, uninsured clients by phone as they provide healthcare during the pandemic. St. Michael’s Clinic is located at 1005 W…

Josh Jackson is a registered respiratory therapist who will be marking 15 years in the profession this July. As a respiratory therapist, he works as part of a team at Regional Medical Center to care for patients with respiratory diseases. As a husband and father of three who works in healthc…

Allison Newton is helping spearhead a collaborative effort by JSU and the community to create and distribute masks to those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brenda Smith is overcoming illiteracy. Ashamed for years by her struggle, she worked up the courage to share her secret with a close friend. Smith’s friend helped her find resources, which led her to an adult literacy program. 

Phil Sanguinetti has been a fixture in Anniston for the last several decades. Originally from Norfolk, Va., he came to Anniston for a chemical engineering job. While here, he met Elise Ayers and married her. This marriage led to his next career, newspaperman. Last weekend, Sanguinetti celebr…

Rachel KyeJung Park is an assistant professor of piano at Jacksonville State University and will be performing at Carnegie Hall on March 30. The community is invited to attend a free performance of her full setlist for her Carnegie Hall recital on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall …

Wayne Sisk is president of the Kiwanis Club of Anniston. The annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser is March 7 from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Tickets can be purchased from any Anniston Kiwanian, through annistonkiwanis.com or at the door. Tickets are $5 in advanc…

Meagan Kirby is a calligrapher in Oxford. She planned to work in psychology before realizing that creative work is what “set her soul on fire.” Kirby will be teaching calligraphy classes in the area, and her first is Feb. 28 at the Peerless Saloon & Grille in downtown Anniston. Kirby als…

Angie McVeigh is the public affairs coordinator for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her day-to-day duties, she is working with Calhoun County’s Complete Count Committee to promote the upcoming census. 

Georgia Calhoun, 89, is the organizer of the Black Heritage Festival in Anniston. The free festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday at Longleaf Botanical Gardens, 920 Museum Drive, Anniston. There will also be a free concert in Calhoun’s honor on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Annis…

Aaron Jamison owns Valkyries Austere Medical Solutions, a medical response training facility on the grounds of the former Fort McClellan. He and his team of specialists train public safety officers and other groups to provide wilderness medicine and tactical medicine, as well as community re…

Landon Brooks is an actor from the Anniston area who has already worked with Tyler Perry, Queen Latifah and more in his short career. His real-life experience in the medical field informs several of his on-screen portrayals — most recently as a doctor in the new movie “Bad Boys For Life” sta…

Jennifer South owns Dugger Mountain Fudge and Coffee Company in Piedmont. The shop, which shares a location with Chief Ladiga Trading Post, just celebrated its first anniversary. In addition to fudge, the shop sells coffee, ice cream and smoothies. Dugger Mountain Fudge and Coffee Company, 6…

Lucy Vandervoort Morris is a physician at C.A.R.E.S. Direct Primary Care, the newest member of the RMC Foundation Board and a group facilitator for a mental health support group. For more info on her direct primary care practice, visit www.caresdirect.com or call the office at 256-963-9441. …

Flint Conner owns Happy Hour Comedy Club and Restaurant, 1021 U.S. Highway 431 N. in Saks. On Friday and Saturday, the club will feature comedians Rocky, Jay Montcomedy and Austen Hickerson. The cover charge is $10. For more information, visit Happy Hour Comedy Club on Facebook.

Wilson Webb is a local attorney currently working for Legal Counsel for the Elderly, covering 10 counties in Alabama, including Calhoun County. If you or someone you know needs free assistance from Legal Counsel for the Elderly, call 256-237-6741 and ask for “legal.”

Mike Allison is retiring as Weaver High School principal this month after seven-and-a-half years in the position. He originally worked in law enforcement and special education prior to becoming a principal. Allison plans to work in special education once again following his move to Florida. 

Anne Jackson has served as a volunteer with Interfaith Ministries’ Christmas Clearing House outreach program for more than 40 years. The program helps qualified families in need by providing gift certificates that can be used to provide clothing, food and toys.

Hayden Moore is a young man with a new lease on life. He graduated from Calhoun County’s drug court last Tuesday. Moore had been to rehab twice but credits drug court with helping him improve himself. He liked the way drugs made him feel at the time, he said, but he realized it was only a te…

Betsy Davis is in her 12th year of volunteering with the Knox Concert Series’ annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” holiday ballet. She has stayed active as co-chair for so long because she things this event is important for the children who attend. The show begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the …