Jan. 19, 1944, in The Star: Postwar business recovery was the topic of the hour presented by two speakers at the Anniston Rotary Club meeting yesterday. Paul Logue of Monsanto Chemical Company talked about how important it will be to find jobs for all the fighting men who come back home and to help those who left college for the war complete their educations. Fred Tyler, an outstanding local textile industrialist, took note of how much it will cost to put these soldiers back to work as well as to replace worn-out machinery in industrial shops where some might find employment. Also this date: Calhoun County Library reports that boys of this region are immersing themselves in knowledge about model airplanes, as suggested by the consistent demand for books and pamphlets on the subject. Girls are reading a great deal about potential service as WACs (Army) and WAVEs (Navy) or SPARs (Coast Guard).
Jan. 19, 1994, in The Star: In last night’s work session the Anniston City Council agreed to a plan to remove brick-and-concrete planters in the center of four blocks of Noble Street. Three planters on each side of the blocks will be removed, leaving planters at the intersections. The blocks between 10th and 14th streets will thus see many more parking spaces open up – probably 10 per block. Main Street Director Scott Barksdale, who supports the planters’ removal, said their demolition will take about two weeks. Although the four ward council members liked the idea, Mayor David Dethrage offered a different suggestion: Leave the planters, which he said have not drawn a lot of complaints, but narrow Noble Street to two lanes of traffic with a center turning lane, at least on a trial basis.