Oct. 7, 1942, in The Star: One of the first accomplishments of the new team on the Anniston City Commission was to add slots for five new law enforcement officers. Acting on recommendation of Chief Lawrence Peek, the commission made salary provisions for two detectives (to be paid $150 each, per month), a captain ($175 per month), a lieutenant ($165 per month) and a sergeant ($150 per month). Also on this date: One hundred twenty Oxford voters went to the polls yesterday and by a 12-vote margin approved the showing of commercial motion pictures on Sundays. A committee of citizens had been asking that the amusement be banned. The turnout was regarded as heavy, given that the poll list has 275-300 names and a number of young men on that list are away in military service.
Oct. 7, 1992, in The Star: Robert F. Mosby, the man who earned the nickname ''Coach'' on the west side of Anniston’s railroad tracks -- he had 175 football victories and eight state championships under his belt as head coach of black Cobb High School -- never got a chance to hold that title on the east side. When segregation ended in the early 1970s, so did Mosby's career as a varsity coach. While the players he had led to so many victories went on to
Anniston High School, he stayed at Cobb, coaching the junior high team. He would eventually become assistant principal at both Cobb and the Anniston Middle School — a position of importance in the school system, but not the one Mosby wanted. Despite his disappointment, and despite having a success record to back his feeling that he was the victim of discrimination, he went quietly.''I wanted it to be a smooth transition,'' he says now, in recent retirement. ''It was pretty rough as it was. I felt the best thing to do was accept it, because it would cause disruption and I wanted to see it develop as smoothly as possible.'' Also this date: Speaking to a Jacksonville State University audience last night, the attorney who won the 1973 Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion expects the Supreme Court to continue to chip away at that decision, making the upcoming presidential election key to the future of women’s right to terminate a pregnancy. “I just don’t see Clarence Thomas voting to apply civil rights,” said Texas attorney Sarah Weddington.