The 2021 Alabama Cycling Classic Announced

criterium anniston alabama

The Alabama Cycling Classic returns on July 3-4th for a race weekend combining the longstanding and historic Sunny King Criterium paired with the Piedmont Criterium for two full days of criterium racing.  The Sunny King Criterium offers twenty categorized sanctioned racing events for Amateur Male/Female, Junior, Master’s Elite and Domestic Professional racers as well as […]

2021 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Schedule Announced

Cheaha Challenge 2021

The schedule of events for the upcoming Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo has been announced. The event will take place on Saturday, May 15th, and Sunday, May 16th. The NABA offers a wonderful event highlighting the beauty of Calhoun County. The Cheaha Challenge Century & ULTRA rides are the premier events for the NABA. This event offers […]

Big Time Entertainment Coming Soon to Oxford, Alabama

Big Time Entertainment construction site

The rumble of a bowling ball rolling down the hardwood lane of an alley is a distinctive sound.  The satisfying crash of pins flying against each other and tumbling down has excited bowlers for decades and keeps those that love the sport coming back again and again looking for that perfect score.  With the closure […]

Making Anniston a ‘cyclist’s dream destination’

Chief Ladiga Trail

The Chief Ladiga Trail has been an ongoing project for the City of Anniston, Alabama and the residents of Calhoun County for many years.  As the state’s first rails to trails venture, the Chief Ladiga Trail presently extends from the Michael Tucker Park area of North Anniston and traverses the towns of Weaver, Jacksonville, and […]

Oxford Festival of Lights 2020

Oxford Festival of Lights Entrance

The Oxford Festival of Lights will be hosted in 2020 at Choccolocco Park, located at 954 Leon Smith Parkway in Oxford, Alabama.  The expansive grounds of Choccolocco Park provide a perfect venue for the festival, and its proximity to shopping, dining, and lodging facilities make the Festival of Lights a favorite destination for the citizens […]

My Sweet Escape

My sweet escape painting

By Kelsey Butler  Paint Parties and Art by Tiffany Beal Local artist Tiffany Beal found her “sweet escape” in art and has turned her passion into her business.  Beal has been hosting paint parties in and around Piedmont, where she lives, for five years. She travels to homes for private parties and holds classes for […]

McClellan Bike Trails Phase II

chief ladiga trail

by Stephen Hartsfield Following the closure of Ft. McClellan in 1999, there have been many discussions on how to utilize the sprawling facility located in the Lenlock area.  Initially, community leaders from Anniston and Calhoun County established the Fort McClellan Joint Powers Authority and were tasked with the redevelopment and reuse planning of the former […]

Calhoun County Architecture

Calhoun County Courthouse

by Stephen Hartsfield When most people think of art, architecture is usually not the first discipline that comes to mind.  It is more common to ponder the works of Picasso or Rembrandt, Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci.  The landscapes of Bob Ross or the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock are more likely to be discussed […]

AnniCon 2020

AnniCon 2020

AnniCon 2020 returns to the Anniston City Meeting Center, ​1615 Noble St., on March 1. The Asian cultures convention kicks off at 10:00 am and will run until 10:00 pm.  AnniCon is a free one-day celebration of Asian cultures including art, music, costuming, manga, anime, gaming, food, history, and special guests. All ages are welcome […]

Black Heritage Festival 2019: A 40 Year Poetic Journey

40th Black Heritage Festival

The 40th annual Black Heritage Festival is February 15 at Longleaf Botanical Gardens in Anniston.  Ms. Georgia Calhoun began the Black Heritage Festival four decades ago. Her vision was to enhance the poetry experience for children in our community and to encourage support for local museums. Each year, students step on stage to compete in […]