Events of local interest from 75 and 25 years ago.
John P. Wheeler was raised in Anniston, graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and then returned to his hometown, taking a job with his uncle at Anniston National Bank in 1953. Known also for his service to the community, Wheeler retired from his profession in 1995. He died Friday.
Eight teachers from across the country sat in the pews of Seventeenth Street Baptist Church on Friday and sang hymns with the Anniston civil rights leaders whose stories they visited to learn.
Standing in front of a crowded dining room at the Anniston Islamic Center, Imam Muhammad Haq welcomed guests and religious leaders of all faiths during a breaking of daily fast as the Muslim community celebrates the holy month of Ramadan.
More than 20 percent of the county’s workforce and around $968 million in spending in 2015 depended either directly or indirectly on the depot, the Center for Domestic Preparedness at McClellan and the Fort McClellan Army National Guard, the study shows.
Jean Ann Oglesby, market manager for the Downtown Market in Anniston thinks one reason people don’t take advantage of the market is because the foods they offer require preparation.
Officials with the McClellan Development Authority said Wednesday that work on a long-planned new road in the former fort could begin in December.
The MDA, which oversees development of McClellan, began in December 2012 cleaning the right-of-way for nearly two miles of the Iron Mountain Road extension, which would connect McClellan’s industrial park with Alabama 21 north of Lenlock.
It’s been more than 15 years since the federal government announced plans to build a new U.S. courthouse in Anniston, and the agency responsible is narrowing down where to do so.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Mike Rogers both agreed that the depot plays a key role in defense readiness, a concept that they said can only be achieved through more funding.
Anniston’s plan to revamp the city’s zoning ordinance took another step forward Monday with a public forum held during a City Council meeting on those proposed changes.
The Alabama Hospital Association has re-elected Joe Weaver, CEO of RMC Jacksonville, to serve on its board. Weaver was chosen at the association’s recent annual meeting.
Hosted by the Anniston Housing Authority at the South Highland Community Center in Anniston, the event provided a venue to help at-risk children in the community.