Dec. 1, 1941, in The Star: In today’s weekly roundup of Anniston-area Boy Scout troop reports, we learn this from Troop 8: “We met Monday night at the Parker Memorial Baptist Church. The meeting was opened by George Nichopoulos leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. We made rope, discussed a hike Saturday, and paid dues. Then we played a few games of ‘Snatch the Bacon’ and ‘Strongback.’ Mr. Jewell, our scoutmaster, appointed T. W. Collier as Junior assistant scoutmaster and Alfred Killebrew as Senior Patrol Leader.” The report was filed by Gerald Woodruff, scribe. Also this date: J. Fred Martin, who introduces himself as a member of the Calhoun County Board of Education and a member of the educational committee of the American Legion, writes in a letter to the editor about what he sees as the value of patriotism and participation in government. An excerpt: “If there has ever been a time for individualism, which is another name for selfishness, that time has long since passed. The people of all the nation must work together as a unit, each man, woman and child is a small part of our Government and each one of us needs to carry our part of the burden. And if any one does not appreciate the blessings we have here enough that he or she will be willing to do just that, I think he should be given to Hitler as a present from us. A few days under his rule would make a true believer in Democracy out of him.”
Dec. 1, 1991, in The Star: A petition aimed at dissuading Jacksonville State University officials from awarding an honorary doctoral degree to Gov. Guy Hunt started in Anniston and has circulated as far away as Scottsboro. But JSU vice president Jack Hopper said the school will award Hunt the degree if he speaks as planned at JSU’s Dec. 20 commencement. “We don’t feel it is appropriate at all” to bestow the degree upon the high school educated governor, said Don Frazier of Oxford, a JSU alumnus who has helped start the petition. “The education system of the State of Alabama is a mess.” Frazier added that he blamed both the governor and the Legislature for the school systems’ problems.