Sept. 22, 1941, in The Star: Anniston’s newest and largest American flag, 9 by 12 feet and visible from almost any point in the city, now flies from a recently erected pole atop the City Hall building on the northwest corner of 12th and Gurnee. The banner is a gift of the local Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. Also this date: Treasurer J. R. Morgan of the United China Relief drive which was completed here last week reported today that only $750 of the $2,000 pledge has been turned in to him by local solicitors. It’s hoped that the money, including all fulfilled pledges, “will be able to do a tremendous good in war-ridden China,” said Dr. Melton Clark, chairman of the Anniston drive.
Sept. 22, 1991, in The Star: When an independent commission voted June 30 to yank Fort McClellan from a proposed closure list, there was much jubilation in the Anniston area. However, the commission’s decision did nothing to insulate Fort McClellan from the sting of long-term military cuts. With the entire U.S. military facing cuts of 20 to 30 percent in the next few years, signs of continuing shrinkage are already apparent. Also this date: Although the proposed property tax increase on an Anniston ballot this week would benefit a school system that is majority black, the only opposition — Ralph Bradford’s tiny “Operation Human Rights” — is black. A parent who occasionally addresses the school board on racial issues, Bradford warned school officials last spring he would oppose the tax because his concerns have, he said, been ignored. Among his demands: an elected school board to replace the current appointed one, more black teachers and administrators and a curriculum that includes African-American studies. On a recent WDNG radio call-in show, Bradford and Anniston Mayor Bill Robison engaged in a heated argument related to the pros and cons of the tax.