4th of July Celebrations in Calhoun County

Following the dwindling positive cases of COVID-19, Calhoun County is hosting celebratory Independence Day events packed with food, fireworks, and fun. While still encouraging and abiding by regulations and guidelines, the county is instilling a sense of normalcy by providing these events, friendly and accessible for all ages.  Oxford’s Freedom Festival The city of Oxford […]

Sunny King Criterium and Noble Street Festival kicks off July 3rd

Mom, professional cyclist, 9 time master champion title holder, team leader/mentor: Debbie Milne has been professionally racing for over 20 years. She began racing mountain bikes while in college in 1988, and went to strictly road racing in 2000.  But when her daughter, Cate, began racing with Supra in 2018, she would soon add “Mother/Daughter […]

Artist Spotlight: Stadium Drive

Remember the days when bands were formed in a  garage with your friends? Well, It’s 2021, and in the era of technology; the days of the garage band are far and few between. One group of musically talented  friends from Calhoun County have something to say about that.  Meet Stadium Drive: An “up and coming” […]

Artist Spotlight: Wilson Brothers Band

Wilson Bros Band

Meet Kyle and Chad Wilson; the brothers with the buttery voices and smooth country backwoods sound.  From the hometown of Alabama’s own Alexander City, these small town boys didn’t stay small town for long as their music and voices project a big personality.  https://youtu.be/Mh7MdzLAa3s The brothers come from a long lineage of southern musicians.  “I […]

The Highfalutin Hitchhikers

Highfalutin Hitchhikers logo

Brad Burke and Mark Hanson make up the country music duo, The Highfalutin Hitchhikers. “What we’re all about is more of a classic country sound,” Hanson explains. “We’re kind of for that crowd that’s looking for what they call ‘real country’.” Burke and Hanson were introduced by a mutual friend and have been playing together […]

EX’S and OH’S

Ex's and Oh's

by Kelsey Butler Local cover band Ex’s and Oh’s is best described as a family that rocks. “These guys are like my brothers,” explains lead vocalist Christina Mangham. “We’re like family.”  Ric Turner, backup vocals and guitar; Christina Mangham, vocals; Maxx FX Vanover, lead guitar; Andy Decker, bass; and Jamin Hoover, drums make up the […]

Wes Walters Music – Husband, Father, Preacher, Musician

Wes Walters Music

by Kelsey Butler Wes Walters has performed in choirs, operas, and touring rock bands. He’s produced two albums in his career and traveled the country to find his home.  Walters and his wife live in Southside with their two children. He performs two or three times a month, calling music his “third job”.  Walters and […]

‘The Devil All The Time’ filmed in Anniston

The Devil All The Time Movie

by Stephen Hartsfield North Alabama is a region of the United States not normally associated with the mainstream film industry.  The rural countryside and small towns seem to be lost in time when compared to other locations in the nation.  With few large cities, large expanses of woodlands, and backroads that can seem like pathways […]

StoneRollers – Living the dream on the weekend

stonerollers music band

by Kelsey Butler Local band StoneRollers bings a fresh soulful southern rock sound to the Anniston music scene. Nick Preston, vocals, bass, and keys; John Flannagan, vocals and lead guitar; Justin Ridley, drums; and Jagadeesh Owens, vocals and keys make up the four-piece band.  StoneRollers committed to creating music in 2014. The band’s members grew […]