At least 1,200 people held advance tickets Saturday for the festival, which transformed Zinn Park – a city block of greenery in downtown Anniston – into a true concert venue, complete with multiple stages, yellow-shirted security staff and revelers walking carefully through the crowd with filled-to-the-top beer cups.

The slogan “Open Space. Perfect Pace.” combined with a new logo, will “connect the dots” between the landscape of the region and the activities and amenities in and around Heflin, said Tripp Muldrow of the South Carolina firm Arnett Muldrow. In a 30-minute presentation he explained the factors that went into the choice of Heflin’s new public image.

According to a Friday report from the Alabama Department of Labor, the county’s jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in March from 5.5 percent the same month last year. The report states the county had 189 more employed people in March than it did a year ago, but also 270 fewer people in the total workforce.

About a year has passed since RMC took over operations of its longtime Anniston rival. Since then, RMC has upgraded and renovated parts of Stringfellow, but has also added a more personal management style that some employees there appreciate.

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