March 5, 1943, in The Star: A photo taken at Anniston High School shows and identifies students winning Who’s Who honors there recently. Harry Fleming was chosen the student body “king” while Helen Hammer was named “queen.” Other winners include Betty Carr as “most popular girl,” Floyd Clark as “most popular boy,” Tom Coleman as “most handsome sophomore,” Jimmy Stanley as “nicest boy,” Mary Frances Edwards as “friendliest girl,” Helen Wheeler as “girl with the most personality” and Ann Brummel as “sweetest girl.” Also this date: James Cagney and Greer Garson, established thespians but newcomers to the “Oscar” roster, early today received the Motion Picture Academy’s awards for best performances by an actor and an actress of 1942. Fifteen hundred guests at the Academy’s 15th annual dinner waited anxiously until well after midnight for announcement of those winners. The Best Picture of 1942 was Mrs. Miniver, the movie which also spawned the Oscar for Best Director (William Wyler), Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Wright), best screenplay and best cinematography in black-and-white. Miss Garson’s award was also for her work in Mrs. Miniver. Cagney’s award was for his role in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
March 5, 1993, in The Star: The Anniston Planning Commission might be ready to change the zoning on north Leighton Avenue, but not in the direction first proposed. Last month, the commission considered opening the doors of the three-block residential area between 19th and 22nd streets to professional offices. That proposal is still alive, but another one has surfaced that would “reclaim” the neighborhood for the elderly and for renters. Also this date: When former Auburn football coach Pat Dye visited Bookland in Quintard Mall yesterday to sign copies of his book, In The Arena, a respectful awe hung over those waiting in line for autographs. “I just think he’s one of the greatest individuals there ever was,” said K. E. Stewart of Oxford, an Auburn fan for 37 years.