Jacksonville leaders approved two audits Monday that showed the city and its water works and sewer board had boosts in revenue year-over-year and no financial discrepancies.

In the opening game of the Class 3A, Area 10 boys basketball tournament, Pleasant Valley led eventual tournament champion Piedmont until the final shot of the game. The Bulldogs won 42-41 when a Piedmont player rebounded his own missed 3-point attempt and passed to an open teammate at the basket for the winning layup just before the final buzzer.

Carmen Diaz is a native of Puerto Rico, and she was three years old when her father joined the U.S. military in 1972. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. The family, which included a brother and a sister, traveled the world wherever her father was stationed. The U.S. Army brought the family to Fort McClellan in 1985. 

This third year of the quadrennium Regular Session of the legislature has recently gotten a lot more complex. These next four months will be trying times for the Alabama legislature. They will not only have to deal with a beleaguered General Fund Budget that has to feed a money-eating monster named Medicaid, they have an overcrowding problem in the state prisons to deal with as well as major public school systems being taken over by the state because of mismanagement and underfunding.

The city of Jacksonville held its 17th Annual Black History program at the community center Sunday. Keynote speaker was Marcus Reid, master of ceremonies was Jeh Jeh Pruitt.