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Spirit on Mountain Street successful, wet

Brooklynn Wilkes, A&E Correspondent

Despite a heavy downpour, Jacksonville kept its spirits high for Spirit on Mountain Street. With the new school year beginning, we have already stumbled upon a few F’s: Friends, fun, and food! Thankfully, these F’s were in abundance during the festivals 14th annual celebration. 

If you weren’t busy listening to music at the Jamfest stage, you could easily have found yourself lost within all the vendors serving up food, drinks, and good conversation. In Jacksonville, it’s easy to make friends and get to know the faces behind business we frequent every day. 

You got to know everyone especially well when taking cover from the downpour that tried to bring down the spirits on mountain street. We lost a sizable group due to the threat of lightning and impending threat of more rain. Those who stayed were clearly determined to feast on more than just food, but their eyes on Scotty McCreery. 

To pass time before McCreery, you could find kids begging parents for “Five More Minutes” of playtime at the “kidzone”. Not to mention, the people who were “In Between” their second or third round of food from vendors like Taco Bell, Jacks, Papa Johns, and Bojangles. It is also important to note the more local food options like Effina’s, Coop de Ville, Cooter Browns, and LocoMex. 

Considering the loss of people to the rain, the ones who stayed kept their smiles wide and their energies high. The vendors started breaking down their booths and anticipation for Scotty was heavy in the air, with more rain unfortunately. 

The concert went on a little later than expected in order to allow the rain to clear out. Once it did, mountain street was filled with laughter, singing, and music once again, thanks to a little help from Mr. McCreery. Rain or no rain, this year’s Spirit on Mountain Street was one that will not be forgotten too easily. 

Photo courtesy of Spirit on Mountain Street

Storytime success at Children’s Corner


Cocky and the JSU cheerleaders show off their Fear the Beak signs with the help of the children who attended the library’s inaugural storytime in the Children’s Corner (photo by the Jacksonville State University Houston Cole Library/Facebook).

Brannon Cahela, Staff Writer


Tuesday, January 23 marked the first ever Children’s Corner story time on the fifth floor of the Houston Cole Library.

A group of children and parents listened, laughed and clapped along as JSU’s cheerleaders read them titles selected by fifth floor librarian Mrs. Laurie Heathcock.

Houston Cole’s Children’s Corner was opened in October 2017. Formerly inhabited by old reference books and shelves, Heathcock decided the space would better be used as a fun area where children could come to read and relax.

The first guest readers at Houston Cole Library’s Children’s Corner were the JSU cheerleaders and Cocky. There were many laughs and smiles by all in attendance as the cheerleaders got to take time to meet with the children before story time began.

“It’s an honor to be asked to read to these children,” said cheer captain Carlee Waits. “It’s amazing to be seen as a mentor and a role model to these kids. As a cheerleader, complete strangers know who I am, and it’s great to represent the university in a positive way.”

Head cheerleading coach R.J. Conroy was also there to show his support for the new children’s reading program at Houston Cole.

“This is a great way to show these kids the importance of reading, which is something we’ve kind of gotten away from,” Conroy said. “This is just a great way to share with the community something new going on at JSU”

Stephen and Jennifer Craig, JSU alumni, brought their daughter Ella to the event after reading about it in The Anniston Star.

“I think it’s great that athletes are giving back to the community in a way that makes these kids so happy,” said Jennifer.

It not only brings joy to the children to have such strong role models read to them.

“It just really put smiles on all of our faces the way these kids look up to us,” said cheerleader Dayleigh Dorsett..

The first installment of story time at Houston Cole Children’s corner was certainly a success, but Laurie Heathcock has big plans for the space’s future.

“We would love partner up with local public libraries to provide them with more space to do their summer reading programs,” Heathcock said. “It would be amazing if we could bring in children’s authors and illustrators to meet and interact with the kids.”

If you are interested in being a reader at Children’s Corner, please contact Laurie Heathcock through her e-mail at lheathcock@jsu.edu or give her a call at (256) 782-5245.

Heathcock said she would love to see fraternities and sororities volunteer to read, so if your Greek organization needs community service projects, contact her immediately.

While Children’s Corner is a celebration of childhood literature, it also a colorful refuge from the grey dullness of the rest of the library. If you’re sick of staring at your anatomy textbook, head over to Children’s Corner and enjoy the colorful murals and beanbag chairs.