Chris Patterson never expected to receive a reward for what he does for the citizens of his hometown. As manager of the water and wastewater plant, Patterson’s main responsibility is keeping the drinking water safe for everyone. He said it’s a responsibility he takes seriously.

On a recent Saturday morning, 20-25 members of the SouthEast Slayers downhill skateboarding team eagerly awaited their turn to skateboard down about 1,710 feet of Chimney Peak Road in Jacksonville.

The late Buford Green would be happy to know that an entertainment establishment he started in the Williams community outside of Jacksonville is still going strong. When Green and his wife, Jean, opened the Golden Saw Music Hall in 2003, it only had a few pickers and grinners.

Matt Snapp has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Jacksonville State University. He’s not saying he won’t ever use it, but he’s happy with what he’s doing now as manager at the AT&T store in Gadsden. In fact, he worked for AT&T while he attended JSU.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Jacksonville State men’s basketball team earned its first Ohio Valley Conference Championship title, and punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament, on Saturday with a 66-55 win over UT Martin at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.

Jacksonville High School held its annual Black History Month Celebration Friday. This year the program focused on the history and impact of African American music and dance throughout the years. It was entitled “Our Music: A Tapestry of The Way We Love, The Way We Live.”

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.