Sherry Blanton is making plans for the 8th Annual Take Pride Day in Jacksonville, and she wants everyone to participate. She said she believes that city pride should start in one’s own neighborhood.

A memory table was set up Sunday at the 18th Annual Black History Program at the Community Center in memory of Father James Macey, who pastored St. Charles Catholic Church. Father Jim Handerhan from St. Charles was among the 200 who gathered to honor Macey and celebrate Black History. He read a scripture from the New Testament.

The 18th Black History Program will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Community Center. There won’t be a featured speaker this year. Instead, said coordinator Sandra Sudduth, the afternoon will focus on the youth and the community.

Jacksonville police officer, Becky Bishop, has a special weapon against illnesses, such as flu or colds. She builds her immune system with medicinal herbs. Recently, she taught her first class under the guidance of expert herbalist Darryl Patton.

Oxford resident Ralph Brannen was an unmotivated student at Anniston High School during the 1940s. His grades disappointed his mother and probably his father, too, when he asked them to allow him to drop out during his 11th grade and enter the Army.

Exchange Club members listened Thursday as Mayor Johnny Smith summarized last year’s achievements and presented the 2018 budget. Prior to his speech, members learned that the magazine, Exchange Today, will feature an article about the success of the Jacksonville club, the largest in Alabama. Board members basked in the news afterward as they posed for photos for the publication. The entire group also gathered for a photo to submit for publication.

When Rufus Carr turned 90, he told a group of friends, including a Jacksonville News reporter, that he and his long-time friend Homer Barnwell, then 87, “was old beach buddies. Me and Homer, we hit Normandy Beach together in World War II.”

Jacksonville’s mayor Johnny Smith was honored at the City Council meeting Monday night when John Alred of The Jacksonville News presented him the Citizen of the Year Award.

The Coosa Valley Chapter and the Jacksonville State University Archaeology Club annual meeting kicks off a weekend of events of local and state interest. Archaeologists from throughout the state will attend, and several leading experts will speak about the earliest inhabitants of the area.

Ride director of the popular Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo & ULTRA shared with Exchange Club members her excitement over the 2018 event set for May 20. The annual event and other biking events in Calhoun County are estimated to have had a $2 million impact last year. Seventy-seven percent of the more than 800 registrants came from outside the county. Those figures are expected to climb this year.

City leaders approved stipends for police officers to replace some of their gear as well as traffic safety upgrades for firefighter vehicles on Monday.

“Have decided to give my household goods away,” Inez Bush of Alexandria recently posted on Facebook.

As a young boy, White Plains native Matthew “Matt” White liked going to Wagon Wheel in White Plains. He ate there often with his late grandparents, J.B. and Martha Taylor. He still remembers how much the family greeted and fellowshipped with neighbors as they sat and enjoyed their meals.

Sometimes effort is enough, such as the times when one works hard but does not reap the reward. During those times, the effort itself can bring a smile to the lips and contentment to the heart.

The Jacksonville Arts Council has selected its top two winners in the Merchant Christmas Window Display contest. Cherie Maroney at Accent Floral Designs came in at 1st place, and Tracey Morris at Smile Fuels came in at 2nd place.

The 5th Piedmont Polar Plunge will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Piedmont Aquatic Center. The plunge benefits Venecia’s Foundation, which provides comfort bags and gas cards for those taking treatment for cancer.

City leaders agreed Monday to enter a cross-jurisdictional lawsuit against nationwide opioid distributors to possibly recoup money spent because of area drug abuse.

David Glass said that it’s this time of year that he truly appreciates living in Jacksonville and being part of a community with an organization like Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center (JCOC).

Jacksonville’s Lilly Ledbetter worked for years at Jacksonville State University and H&R Block before changing jobs to earn more for her growing children

She took a job at Goodyear Tire in Gadsden as a supervisor in the production department and later became an area manager, also in production.

City leaders Monday postponed joining a cross-jurisdictional lawsuit against some nationwide drug distributors to learn more about the litigation and its possible effects.

April 27, 2011 changed the landscape in Webster’s Chapel community. A tornado left the community without a fire station, community center and many homes. A. P. Hollingsworth’s store, which had served the area for many years, was also destroyed. Webster’s Chapel’s residents are hoping that the annual Red Neck Christmas Parade, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, will help rebuild the community center, which will carry Hollingsworth’s name.

Jacksonville native, Penny Welch, recently painted dainty scenes on frosted, clear Christmas balls and posted photos of them on Facebook. There were scenes of snowmen, birds, villages, moose, family pets, and Christmas trees.

“Teach us how,” several friends posted. So, she invited them over for a paint party at her home.