Aug. 24, 1943, in The Star: Every local draft board in Alabama definitely will call up some pre-Pearl Harbor fathers for military service during October, according to the state’s Selective Service director. Those to be drafted, said Lt. Col. James T. Johnson, will be taken from men in non-deferable occupations and non-essential activities. Those in such occupations or activities might gain deferment “for a while, at least,” by registering with the U.S. Employment Service for war-connected work, he said. They’d have 30 days to transfer themselves from non-essential to essential work. Also this date: Take care of your car’s tires because there are really not enough tires to go around for civilian use, according to E. D. Banks, administrator for the Calhoun County War Price and Rationing Board. Motorists and truck operators are being cautioned to have tires recapped as soon as they need that work, Banks said. Owners should not wait and let their tires get so worn out that new ones would be the only option under ordinary circumstances. These days, that option isn’t open.
Aug. 24, 1993, in The Star: Anniston resident Stephen Pitts recently earned his Eagle Scout award from Boy Scouts of America. The Troop 2 member completed his service project by raising money for the Salvation Army Women’s Shelter. Stephen is the son of Dan and Cathy Pitts of Anniston. A student at Anniston High last year, he will be a junior at Donoho this year. Also this date: Yesterday afternoon was filled with the sounds of football on a practice field at Jacksonville State University as the team held its first scrimmage of the season. Afterward, coach Bill Burgess pronounced himself pleased. “Overall it was a good solid scrimmage,” he said, noting that Sean Richardson, a senior from Auburn, sparkled with 12 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns. “Sean did a heck of a job running the ball,” Burgess said.