The gamecock logo is smushed over to one side, barely recognizable, more Rorschach test than fighting bird. The red color isn’t JSU red. It’s more like Alabama crimson or the shade of coagulated blood. Read the full story
Sean Snyder looked tired, and who could blame him? He'd just returned from a world away, fighting wildfires in Australia. He surprised his children while they were out for pizza in Oxford on Wednesday night. Read the full story
The easy part is over, four hours of speechifying and listening and making no decisions, no communitywide statements or resolutions, no expected plans for a deannexation referendum. Read the full story
The White House is considering issuing a Trump-themed executive order — “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” — that attacks architectural diversity, says columnist Phillip Tutor.
Sean Snyder looked tired, and who could blame him? He'd just returned from a world away, fighting wildfires in Australia. He surprised his children while they were out for pizza in Oxford on Wednesday night.
The easy part is over, four hours of speechifying and listening and making no decisions, no communitywide statements or resolutions, no expected plans for a deannexation referendum.
At least one speaker Tuesday night talked about racism, the effects of segregation and mistrust still embedded in Anniston’s DNA, how those civic sins damage the relationship between residents and public schools. The honesty was devastating.
If the deannexation of Anniston's Ward 4 comes down to a referendum, Phillip Tutor writes, residents of the ward will almost certainly approve the move.
Columnist Phillip Tutor is hooked on "60 Days In," a reality show currently set in the Etowah County Jail, but Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Wade isn't a fan.
It’s the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition, and the Prohibition-themed difference between Anniston and every other Calhoun County city is this: Anniston is wedded to booze.
It’s an east Alabama success story, a still-evolving tale of what can happen, not what’s impossible, in small cities with limited budgets and political hindrances.
Council unrest is Anniston’s norovirus, a constant affliction. It spreads and sickens. Small-town politics are notoriously mean, but they’re different here, and they have been for a generation, at least.
2020’s arrival also ushered in this argument: Never before has our slice of east Alabama experienced two decades as equally tumultuous and expansive as the last 20 years.
Downtown Anniston isn’t dead, far from it. Shh, haters. But c’mon. It’s not downtown Gadsden, which it should resemble, and it’s never going to be downtown Homewood or Birmingham’s Five Points South. Those latter two comparisons are patently unfair.
When you write to someone who’s been in prison for nearly a year and has two-and-a-half years to go, what do you say? Nothing sounds right. Everything seems trite, stupid, unfeeling, condescending, awful.
In the span of a few December days, two-fifths of the Anniston City Council has either faced jail time or at least pondered the possibility. So much for happy holidays.
No African American has ever been elected to the Calhoun County Board of Education. What that says about diversity in Alabama is astonishing, says Phillip Tutor.
Prosecutor Scott Lloyd wanted Ben Little to serve 90 days in the slammer for two misdemeanor ethics convictions. Lloyd said in court Thursday that Little, Anniston’s Ward 3 councilman, has shown “no remorse” for his crime. Well, duh.
A few days ago, Charles E. Smith presented Councilman Ben Little a jail inmate Halloween costume during a typically combative Anniston City Council meeting. It wasn’t in jest, either. “I wanted it to be theatrical,” Smith said.
“Jack, you are worst (sic) than a joke.” Ben Little, Anniston’s enigma, wrote that sentence Wednesday in an email to Anniston Mayor Jack Draper. It was 8:11 a.m. So much for early morning niceties.
Five of Calhoun County’s 11 public high schools are playing in this year’s semifinals. All five are playing here in the county — Anniston at Jacksonville, Wellborn at Piedmont and Oxford at home against Pinson Valley, the lone interloper.
On Fridays, Principal Jeanna Chandler’s staff at Wellborn Elementary School hauls out the Rubbermaid totes. Usually there are two, one reserved for car-riding students, another for those who take the bus.
If you want a fair-minded view of the fastest-growing population in Alabama, don’t look to Russellville or Albertville or Fort Payne. Look at Oxford.
Anniston’s poverty rate is 29.5 percent; 5.57 percent of Annistonians — 1,213 people — live in public housing. Spin that any way you wish and it’s still awful, a clear indication of Anniston’s health a decade removed from the Great Recession and 20 years after the closure of Fort McClellan.
Montgomery's new mayor regularly makes comments that any Anniston mayoral candidate could borrow for their campaign, comments that sound as if Montgomery’s mayor was discussing the Model City, not Alabama’s capital city.