Dec. 22, 1943, in The Star: The  exteriors of two public buildings will be refinished in the same manner as Anniston City Hall was recently, with a white stucco coating. The Department of Public Welfare building and the city’s garage and blacksmith shop buildings will get the treatment. Also this date: A Rome, Ga., roadbuilding company has been given the job of constructing a route from Fort McClellan into Talladega National Forest. The new road will start at the end of Bain Gap Road, where the latter touches the fort’s eastern border, and proceed eastward until it reaches the forest boundary. 

Dec. 22, 1993, in The Star: Those who deal in firearms around here say the passage of the Brady Bill, a federal-gun control law that will require a five-day waiting period and background check between purchase and delivery of a gun, has already created a pop in sales. The law doesn’t take effect until March; the state of Alabama already requires a background check and a three-day waiting period. Also this date: It was too cold to take patients’ temperatures inside the AIDS clinic in Hobson City yesterday. That’s because the building’s ancient heating system finally gave out the day before. Hobson City, which owns the building, says it doesn’t have the money to buy a new system, expected to cost around $25,000.

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