Aug. 16, 1943, in The Star: Placards carrying the message “Work or fight” above the signatures of Gov. Chauncey Sparks and Calhoun County Sheriff W. L. Borders are being placed at various points in Anniston and the county to emphasize that the state law against vagrancy will be enforced rigidly. Up until now the vagrancy law has been enforced only against men and women of bad character and reputation. Now the order is applicable to all those who are capable of working, but who are not doing so due to reasons within their control. Also this date: The annual institutes for Calhoun County’s schoolteachers were held today — one for black teachers, one for white — in preparation for classroom work commencing tomorrow. Of course, most of the hours at that time will be spent registering the pupils, issuing book lists and assigning them to classes. By the end of the week, though, the new scholastic year will be in full swing.

Aug. 16, 1993, in The Star: Youngsters return to classes in Cleburne County schools on Aug. 25 and some of them will be riding new buses to get there. The school system bought four buses to put the system back on a replacement rotation system. Even so, says Superintendent Robert Morton, the fleet will still include some 1974-model buses. Also this year, a health occupations class will be offered to students preferring a more vocation-oriented path.

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