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Phillip Tutor: 2020 HINDSIGHT -- Other top stories share the stage in local scene

New Federal Courthouse in Anniston

The U.S. General Services Administration says our new federal courthouse on Gurnee Avenue is going to look something like this. Its ongoing construction is a tangible sign of progress and promise in an otherwise grim year. 

In any other year — say, last year or the year before — a game-changing municipal election and a controversial attempt to excise Anniston’s wealthier suburbs would dominate any listing of Calhoun County’s news stories of the year. 

Problem is, 2020 isn’t any other year. 

Phillip Tutor — — is a Star columnist. Follow him at