Wednesday wasn’t a happy day for members of one organization in Jacksonville. The Kiwanis Club, which was formed here 44 years ago, disbanded. Several members, including Dick Bell and Bob Ford, spoke of their feelings of having to make the decision.

Amy Angel has worked in real estate for over 20 years. She now has her own mega team office at 11 Public Square in Jacksonville. The Amy Angel Team, which includes four women, is associated with Keller Williams Realty Group.

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.

Last week Marcus Reid, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, spoke to an acquaintance about his memories of working in the shoe repair shop of his grandfather, the late Eugene Reid Sr., when he was a child. The shop was located on the Square. Reid’s father, the late Eugene Reid Jr., also worked there, as did Marcus’ three brothers. The four brothers didn’t take it seriously at the time, but their father and grandfather did. That little shop, with its distinctive smell, supported two families for many years.

Sherry Blanton’s goal this year is the same as it’s always been. She’s asking everyone to show appreciation for their city by participating in Take Pride Day in Jacksonville Saturday, April 22. This will be the seventh year Blanton has planned the day to spruce up the city. The day begins with registration at City Hall at 8 a.m.

Jeh Jeh Pruitt, WBRC Fox 6 sports anchor and reporter, will be master of ceremonies at the 17th Black History Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Community Center. Pruitt attended Jacksonville State University, where he was on the staff of The Chanticleer.

Jamie “Red” Etheredge wasn’t born in Jacksonville. He’s only lived here for nine years, but in those nine years has become one of the city‘s most biggest supporters. At Thursday’s Exchange Club meeting, Etheredge received an honor that permanently connects him to Jacksonville. He was named Jacksonville’s Citizen of the Year by The Jacksonville News.

The students at Kitty Stone Elementary School lined the hallways for four-year-old Thompson Wagoner. Their show of support, called a Spirit Walk, was designed as a send-off for Thompson and his family as they headed to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Thompson was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma as a six-month-old baby, and the recent surgery was to remove his left eye due to pain.

Taylor Ford was young when the Blizzard of ’93 hit the area. He was a student at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. He remembers being at his home with his parents and sister and having plenty to eat. He heard about others though, who didn’t fare as well. Stores were closed and those who didn’t have the ever-popular snow items of milk and bread or other items, did without.

Stephanie Young of Piedmont said her mother, Alma, liked to swim. In her honor, and to help build funds for Venecia’s Foundation, Stephanie went into the 56 degree water at the 4th Piedmont Polar Plunge Saturday holding her mother’s ashes.

The Jacksonville City Council added an unexpected $42,000 to the cost of its new public safety complex Monday to relocate dispatch equipment.

Without the extra construction and equipment, radio dispatch signals from the approximately $12 million complex will be unable to reach the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency in Jacksonville as previously thought, city officials say.

The Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama inducted long-time Piedmont resident Millard V. Young Jr., into the Alabama Petroleum and Convenience Marketing Hall of Fame in Montgomery on Dec. 7. Young was honored for his lifetime of outstanding service to the association, his community and the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries in Alabama.

Bob McLeod could not have predicted how God would work when, in 1998, he founded Our Father’s Arms (OFA), a charitable organization in Jacksonville that helps individuals and families in crisis. Its latest charity is a free medical clinic that is treating about 11 patients each Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

After studying auto mechanics at Ayers State for two years, Andy Beavers decided to change courses. He enrolled at Jacksonville State University because of something he’d wanted to since he was a child. He’d always wanted to go into law enforcement, so he thought he’d earn a degree in that field.

The mother of Ashville native and Jacksonville St. University head football coach John Grass was found dead Tuesday morning in a body of water just three-quarters of a mile from her home.

If John Pearce didn’t have a love and an appreciation of dogs when he was a child, it came to him when he turned 18 and joined the Air Force after graduating from Tahlequah High School in Oklahoma. He was “sort of” told that he’d be training dogs, but the young airman was looking for a future in the military so a lot of it was volunteerism on his part.

Standing in a pulpit for the past 45 years preaching to hundreds of congregants, Jerry Starling still hasn’t overcome his shyness. It’s probably helped, but he still deals with it, just as he did when he was a young man growing up in Dothan.

The Jacksonville Board of Education updated its student meal plan and conflict of interest policies Monday to meet the latest federal guidelines.

School system officials said the policies have been in place for years, but just needed some rewording and a few clarifications to correspond with recent federal education changes.

The Country Music Christmas parade Thursday night was led by a country music singer, Riley Green. Green, along with friends and family decked out in camo, waved to the crowd from a boat, posing as duck hunters. Pelham Road, from Winn-Dixie to the Jacksonville State University campus, was fil…