It’s surreal today to look at that newspaper page, given everything that’s happened and everyone who’s died. It’s a glimpse of Alabama before the pandemic.
Choccolocco Park is younger than a first-grader yet already its catalog of hosted events reads like a Chamber of Commerce wish list: sporting events, college tournaments and holiday celebrations. And that’s not all of it.
Some of the labor who helped build Anniston in its early decades should have been worried only about their next spelling test or what their home chores were. But in a time when industrial child labor was allowed or ignored, that was not to be.
By 2000, the city’s population dipped another 5.5 percent, and it didn’t get better in 2010 (a 14.5 percent loss) or 2020 (a 7.5 percent loss). Sounds like Anniston, but it isn't.
This unholy tilt is embedded within what James Cobb, the superb Deep South chronicler at the University of Georgia, calls the Southern strategy of labor relations.
No one wants their school to close. Everyone would rather the other school shut down. Surveying the community to determine parents’ preferences will assuredly show that.
In 1987, not long before Christmas, a gathering of Anniston’s Black ministers held a clandestine meeting to discuss a radical proposal: renaming 15th Street after the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Best I can tell, there hasn’t been a publicized Ku Klux Klan parade on Noble Street since 1965. After a Sunday afternoon rally at the Anniston City Auditorium, about 500 Klansmen and their hangers-on marched down 10th Street, turned north, paraded four blocks to 14th Street and reconvened wh…
Dennis Bonner died a month ago, taken from his family on a January Monday at UAB Hospital by this pandemic’s unrelenting disease. He was just 63. COVID-19 has killed roughly 8,000 Alabamians and 450,000 Americans.
They’re permanent members of a transformational club: African-Americans who integrated the very universities that symbolized the privileged within our once-segregated society.
My favorite Hank Aaron story, though, retells the afternoon of Feb. 24, 1975, when he spent an afternoon in and around Hobson City less than a year after hitting his record-breaking 715th home run.
Alabama pairs them each year on the third Monday in January because of bureaucratic ease. They don’t even share the same birthday. King was born on Jan. 15, Lee on Jan. 19.
At 4:38 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Trina Scarlett became the first baby born in 2021 at RMC. Her tardiness protected her from being born in a year the world wants to forget.
Joe Distelheim was The Star’s executive editor back in the ’90s, a superb journalist who injected modernity into a small-town newspaper. He died Wednesday at age 78.
If the debate over the county’s story of the year were a boxing match, the referee would stop it. But there were other matters to catch our attention in 2020 -- some somber, some optimistic. Take a look.
Prudent precautions against corona virus have forced the closure of schools, hustled students into online classes, stressed teachers, hamstrung businesses and altered our ways of life.
Anniston’s reconfigured City Council — supposedly prone more to maturity than hubris — has authorized up to $1 million in tax incentives in a tantalizing quest to grab economic-development gold.