Friday, January 13, 2017

History Preserved

January 12, President Obama proclaimed two sites in Anniston, the former Greyhound Station and the site of the Freedom Riders' bus burning in 1961, National Monuments through the Antiquities Act of 1906.The same day, the National Park Service also awarded a $496,375 grant to restore the former bus station.
As a city, a county and community, we are extremely excited about this opportunity. These significant Civil Rights Movement sites are a part of history, the 1961 Freedom Rides, which compelled the federal government to enforce the desegregation of interstate public transportation and facilities.These historical markers and sites are already currently visited by hundreds of tourists and locals each year; however, this federal assistance will help us amplify our current impact. Visiting these historic locations of the freedom riders allows us to form connections to the stories of the Civil Rights Movement, the courage to stand for the full freedoms of many.
The buildings and the property around our historic sites have not changed drastically; therefore, visitors can still vividly imagine the attack on the Freedom Riders who arrived on that day in 1961. Now, outdoor murals and historic markers tell of the events, and our region has a powerful story to share with the world. As stated on the National Park Service website, their mission is to preserve and protect “powerful places” – including the physical memory of our nation's civil rights history. We look forward to the many visitors coming to witness history, preserved for future generations to come.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Alabama Weather

Welcome to Alabama, where it is 19 degrees on Saturday and 70 the next week. Our seasons are often mild, which makes mountain biking accessible year round, with or without a fat tire and kayaking can generally happen March to late October.

December, January and February are normally ranging from temperatures in the 30s to 50s. In March, temperatures begin to climb to the 40s and 60s. While January is normally the coolest, February and March are normally the months with the highest precipitation. Alabama has had a white Christmas, but the Blizzard of '92 occurred during March. Weather has a mind of its own.

 Spring! Spring! Spring grows from pleasant 40s and 60s to lower and upper 80s, perfect for paddling the creek or opting outside. However, spring is also known for scattered showers and occasional thunderstorms. The tension of temperatures cause unstable weather conditions, but those showers create cooler temps and rushing flowing streams, perfect for floating with the family.

July, August and September can be scorchers, with July typically being the warmest. July and August average 70s to 90s, and September begins to cool to the 60s and 80s. The brutally hot days make for a good time to explore the museums, but the beautiful days make for a good time to go boating at Neely Henry. August and September are normally two of the driest months.

October temperatures begin to fade from 70s to November 60s. The night chill around 40 makes for a ideal bonfire temperatures, perfect for roasted marshmallows and campfire stories. October is another dry month, but a November generally makes up for the back to school droughts. The leaves sense the impending winter and change to red and orange hues around the first of November each year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Keep Your Resolution and Stay Fit in Calhoun County

Whether you are training to hike the 335 mile long recreation trail of the Pinhoti or want to hike to a breathtaking view, Calhoun County has numerous trails, of vaious distances for you to get exercise, while enjoying the natural surroundings.

From Ladiga to Iron Legs, Coldwater and Cheaha, whether you're a roadie or a mountain biker, Calhoun County has trails for all skill levels and distances.

From Choccolocco Park to Terrapin Creek, Calhoun County has several options for you to paddle in and around our region.

From Cane Creek to Cider Ridge and our RTJ Silver Lakes, there are several beautiful and mentally challenging golf courses.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Need Last Minute Gifts?

Christmas is almost here! Have you checked your list twice? In case you overlooked something or are having a hard time thinking of the perfect gift, here's a list for you.

Give the Gift of Alabama State Parks
Gift cards can be purcahsed at all state parks and be used to pay for Food, Golf, Lodging, Camping and Gift Shops!

Pedal! Pedal! Pedal! 
Wig's Wheels will rent bikes, sell bikes, and provide great bike accessories for you as you explore Ladiga, Coldwater and much more!

Tee Off
From Cane Creek to Cider Ridge or a Trail Card from Robert Trent Jones' Golf Trail at Silver Lakes, buy the golfer in your life a gift card for the pro-shop or green fees.

Explore History
For the hsitory buff or for the family, give the gift of Museum Membership.

Artistic Side
The Oxford Performing Arts Center, Knox Concert Series, CharACTers, and JSU have great seasons ahead. Check their calendars and buy tickets for family and friends, while supporting local arts.

Speedy Gonzales
For the race fan, check out the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame and Talladega Superspeedway!

For the Wine-O
From sweet wines to the Norton, White Oak features Southern Oak Wine Tastings and gifts.

For a list of more, including shops and restaurants, great for gifts, browse

Friday, December 16, 2016

Holidays for the Whole Family

 "It's the Holiday Season... and Santa Claus is coming to town..."
What should you do to liven up the Christmas Break and explore our cities?

Go for a Hike
Alabama is blessed to have a mild winter, so getting outside is a great option. From the family friendly trails at Cheaha State Park, Coldwater Mountain, Henry Farm and the Museum, to the paved rail trail of Ladiga and the gem of the Pinhoti, there are options for day or weekend adventures!

Check Your Aim
Don't "shoot your eye out, kid," but test your skills with training and electronic competitions at the indoor Civilian Marksmanship Program Air Rifle Range.

A Day at the Museum Complex
Explore the wilds of Africa as if you were on safari and trace history from Hitler to Ancient Greece. The Anniston Museum of Natural History offers hands on activies for the kids to experience nature, and the Berman Museum of World History offer a facinating collection of weapons and artifacts  to see history face to face.

Lights, Camera, Action
Holiday classics may run on the TV at home, but there is nothing like experiencing them on the big screen, surrounded by other festive families, popcorn and concessions. The entire week of Christmas, Oxford Performing Arts Center is hosting a Christmas Film Festival for FREE!

Looking to explore more? Check out for a complete list of restaurants, hotels, and attractions.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday in Lights

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Here's some adventures to add to your lists over the holidays!

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian, Calhoun County is home to many beautiful mountainsides, including Dugger Mountain, especially over the holidays. This light display allows visitors to drive or walk around the property and purchase hot cocoa or coffee for the occassion. Sundays through Thursdays, they're open from dark until 9 P.M., and on the weekends, they're open from dark until 10 P.M. 

238 The Wagon Road, Piedmont, (256)282-1593

Angel Drive, Jacksonville 
Many houses in this neighborhood decorate for the holidays, but one house, just off Hwy 204, includes light shows, singing trees, vintage decorations and inflatables. From Thanksgiving night through Christmas, lights will gleam, and donations for local animal shelters will be accepted. 

Indian Oaks, Anniston
From Pawnee Drive to Pueblo Pass, houses are decked along a trail of lights!

Noble Street, Anniston
During the holidays, the old architecture paints a vintage-like scene as lights shine atop the buildings, streetlamps sparkle with lights and garland, and creative holiday displays glitter. 

Quintard Avenue, Anniston
On the Sixth to 18th Street blocks, the median glistens and twinkle with brightly decked holiday lights. 

Forest Lane, Anniston
Consider it a mini-tree decoration contest, as each house decks the halls and from yard with a shimmering miniature tree, and lit up arch of trees towering over the road. 

Greenbrier Dear Road, Anniston
From Holly Hill Lane to Edgefield Farms and Greenbier Chase, neighborhoods along Greenbrier Dear Road decorations range from Christmas Extravaganza to Classic Christmas, with lights and holiday scenes. 

Friendship Santa, Oxford 
From November 26 to December 23, Santa and his helpers will be serving cookies and hot cocoa as festive music plays and holiday photos with Santa are captured. You can't miss the 17 foot tall Rudolph and the forest of lights, from 5:30-8:30 each evening. 

5921 McIntosh Road, Oxford (256)835-0111

Brookside Lane, Oxford 
Tune into 89.5 FM and enjoy the light show dancing to the beat! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I'll be Home for Christmas

Regardless of where you are from, Calhoun County has invigorating outdoors, amazing cultural sights, spellbinding events, mouth-watering food and Southern hospitality that makes any visitor feel at home, especially this holiday season!

Jacksonville Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 P.M. 
Pelham Street (Hwy 21) 

The Best Christmas Musical Ever
Friday, December 2, & Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 P.M. 
Mason Hall at Jacksonville State University

Anniston Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3, 11 :00 A.M. 
Noble Street

The Nutcracker Ballet
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 P.M. 
Anniston Performing Arts Center
Oxford Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 8, 6:00 P.M. 
Main Street

A Tuna Christmas
December 8, 9 & 10 at 7:30 P.M. and December 11, at 2:30 P.M. 
Buckner Event Plaza, Anniston

Candy Cane 5K Fun Run
Saturday, December  10, at 8:00 A.M. 
Anniston quatics and Fitness Center, McClellan

Homes for the Holidays
December 10, 10 A.M.-4:00 P.M. 
Anniston Museum of Natural History

Christmas on Ivory
December 10 at 7:00 P.M. & December 11 at 2:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center

Comfort & Joy with Jim Brickman
December 15, 7:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center

Christmas with the Voices of the South
December 16, 7:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center

Elf (movie) 
December 19, 7:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center

Christmas Vacation (movie)
December 20, 7:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center

It's a Wonderful Life (movie)
December 22, 7:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (movie)
December 23, 7:00 P.M. 
Oxford Performing Arts Center