Nov. 8, 1943, in The Star: Because conservation of energy in the civilian sector is of crucial importance now, the Retail Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce today announced that all citizens are being discouraged from using electricity for Christmas decorations this season. No downtown Christmas lights will be put up in Anniston and residents are encouraged to not use decorative lights in their homes. Besides, the article notes, there’s a shortage of both bulbs for Christmas lighting purposes and necessary wiring for the decorations. Also this date: The new heating system is just about ready for use at Anniston city jail, meaning the facility (now freshly repainted, too) will be able to reclaim its prisoners in a day or two. The county jail has lately been the substitute lockup for these inmates — at a cost to the city of 90 cents per person each day.

Nov. 8, 1993, in The Star: Twenty-four area high school students gathered yesterday for their first session of Youth Leadership Calhoun County. The orientation began a series of programs which brings students together with area leaders in education, business and government. Participating students include Tylene Brown and Scott Chenard, Anniston High School; Dia Bentley and Brian NeSmith of Oxford High School; Jessica Glover and Tanner Latham, Piedmont High School; and Carrie Haynes and Jeremy Turner of Wellborn High School, among others.

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