Former Chanticleer editor selected State Superintendent

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Eric Mackey graduated from JSU in 1992 with a Bachelor’s in general science education, and, on April 20, the Alabama State Board of Education selected him as the State Superintendent. Mackey beat out Jefferson County superintendent, Dr. Craig Pouncey, by one vote. The third finalist, Dr. Kathy Murphy, the superintendent of Hoover City Schools, did not receive any votes. Mackey began his … Continue reading Former Chanticleer editor selected State Superintendent

The green standard: Recycling at JSU below state goal

Dustin Fox, Special to the Chanticleer Recycling is one of the most popular ways for people to feel they are having a positive impact on the environment. Many cities offer curbside pickup of plastics, papers and other materials that can be processed and reused by recycling plants. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management set forth a goal for the state to recycle 25% of its waste. … Continue reading The green standard: Recycling at JSU below state goal

Doug Jones packs out Anniston meet and greet

JoAnna Mitchell, Staff Reporter “All across the state, excitement is building for this race. There is just an excitement brewing for change,” said Democrat Doug Jones, opening his speech to a cheering crowd at Classic Too on Noble Street in downtown Anniston this Tuesday, November 7. “It’s not about me. It’s not about Roy Moore,” said Jones, referring to his controversial Republican opponent. “It’s about you. … Continue reading Doug Jones packs out Anniston meet and greet

Gamecock baseball tops Alabama 2-1

Timothy Cash, Sports Editor Jacksonville State (5-2) needed extra innings, but the Gamecocks left Tuscaloosa with a 2-1 win over in-state rival Alabama (3-5). In the 10th inning, Taylor Hawthorne scored from third base on a wild pitch to give JSU a one-run lead over the Crimson Tide. Justin Hoyt ended the game for JSU, holding Alabama scoreless in the bottom of the inning to … Continue reading Gamecock baseball tops Alabama 2-1

Shake your Tail Feathers: Jacksonville square gets new addition

Business is booming on the Square as Candace Epperson opens, Tail Feathers, a charming new antique store. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 101 Clinton Street Southeast, Tail Feathers offers furniture, gifts and home décor for the entire family. With the most expensive item in the store being a $500 dark wood antique cabinet by local crafter Linda Hollingsworth, the … Continue reading Shake your Tail Feathers: Jacksonville square gets new addition

Republican tax hikes or the democratic lottery?

It’s like watching a mouse chase a cat. Alabama governor Robert Bentley, a Republican, has been stumping for weeks now making his case for higher taxes. It seems like some kind of nightmare from a House of Cards episode, but it is real and it is happening in the most conservative state in the union. Most politicos have watched this for weeks now wondering when … Continue reading Republican tax hikes or the democratic lottery?

Roy Moore’s stance in the courthouse door

Since last Monday, same-sex couples in Alabama have seen their hopes and dreams realized by being able to receive marriage licenses in their home state. However, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has taken his stance against the issue by theoretically standing in the courthouse door. As the state prepared over the weekend for a stay on a federal ruling against Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban to … Continue reading Roy Moore’s stance in the courthouse door

Marriage equality comes to Alabama for Valentine’s Day

This Monday, February 9, many same-sex couples were lined up outside probate offices all across Alabama, with the hopes of finally being able to be wed. In Calhoun County (and many other counties) however, those hopes were crushed—temporarily. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade overturned Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban on January 23, ruling it unconstitutional. Two days later, she placed a stay on the ban, giving … Continue reading Marriage equality comes to Alabama for Valentine’s Day

Jacksonville car wash provides surprise service

Tucked away in the bustling area between Loco Mex and Pizza Hut on Highway 21, there is a place that serves as a one stop self-serve wash, but it isn’t just an ordinary car wash. This facility allows people to also wash man’s best friend—their pets. It is easy to miss this concealed building that sits back from the highway. Though this seemingly random piece … Continue reading Jacksonville car wash provides surprise service

How charter schools are impacting college tuition

Coming off an overwhelming victory in the 2014 election, leaders in the Alabama legislature are feeling more confident than ever in their ability to push forward their education agenda. Topping that list is allowing charter schools in Alabama. Charter schools are publicly funded independent schools established by businesses or community groups under a charter with a local authority. Essentially, a private school funded by public … Continue reading How charter schools are impacting college tuition