Aug. 25, 1943, in The Star: In Oxford social news, compiled by Mrs. Foster Mellon, Mrs. Hugh Ford (Aidalu Butenschon) has returned to her home in Nashville, Tenn., after visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Butenschon Sr. … Sgt. Russell Donaldson will arrive soon from Camp Abbott in Oregon for a visit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Donaldson. Also this date: The USO Radio Guild is an up-and-coming organization of local young people and servicemen that has the goal of becoming an important part of the social and cultural life of the community. Right now the Guild is undertaking to produce a number of half-hour radio plays, the first of which will be aired tomorrow night at 9:15 by WHMA from the USO building at Twelfth and Gurnee.

Aug. 25, 1993, in The Star: The Anniston City Council last night approved a half-cent increase in the city’s sales tax. The $1.5 million it’s expected to bring in annually will be set aside to use in the public schools, freeing the council to spend the $1.2 million it gave the schools this year on other needs. “Funding public education is a necessity,” Mayor David Dethrage told one of the tax’s opponents during the public hearing. Also this date: Yesterday was Thelma Bigger Day in Anniston, which honored the activist’s years of service to area children. Mrs. Bigger founded a child abuse counseling group, worked at the Department of Human Resources, and led efforts to create Coosa Valley Detention Center. Mrs. Bigger was honored at a reception held at Interfaith Ministries’ office. Her plans include moving to Augusta, Ga.

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