City leaders gave Piedmont’s firefighters more spending money Tuesday.

Piedmont was the surprise team of the Calhoun County baseball tournament. Seeded No. 6, the Bulldogs defeated No. 11 Jacksonville Christian, No. 3 White Plains and No. 2 Jacksonville before falling to No. 1 Oxford in the tournament’s championship game.

Faye Williams Byford likes all kinds of crafts. Crocheting happens to be her current favorite. She also likes to cook. Coming from a long line of women who could turn out a lot of good food, Faye said that enjoyment and talent rubbed off on her. And she’s happy about it.

We are on the cusp of one of the best political years in modern political history in the Heart of Dixie. Prior to the 1970’s our constitution disallowed succession of office for our state constitutional offices. In other words, you could not run for two consecutive four year terms. That is why George Wallace ran his wife in his place in 1966. George and Lurleen campaigned side-by-side. George would wink at the crowds still drawn to courthouse squares by a country band and say, “I’m going to be her number one advisor.” By the way, she won in a landslide. She beat eight male opponents without a runoff, including two former governors, an agriculture commissioner, the sitting state attorney general and two powerful state senators.

Jacksonville State University celebrated Arbor Day 2017 at Meehan Hall.