Dec. 8, 1943, in The Star: Anniston housewives this week will be enlisted in the home front war against black markets and in support of price ceilings and other regulations designed to control the cost of living. They will have the opportunity to make written pledges to abide by rules and regulations of the Office of priced Administration, the agency charged with preserving the home front. The entire pledge program is founded on the basis of patriotism. Signers indicated that they pledge not only to abide by rules and regulations, but to divulge to ration authorities any violations of ration rules known to them. Also this date: Anniston’s Christmas parade will be held this Friday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Despite the shortage of candy this year, local wholesaler John Chastain has been able to secure a limited amount of wrapped candy to help old Santa celebrate his visit.

Dec. 8, 1993, in The Star: The City of Anniston needs more space for City Hall and associated offices, so a deal is shaping up in the world of high-end real estate. One benefit so far is that the City Council is going along with it. Here’s what it would entail: The city would pay about a million dollars for the privately owned building at 12th and Noble now occupied by the Department of Human Resources, where needed renovations would cost at least that much again. The DHR would move all its offices into the Williamson Commerce Center on a 15-year lease. Moving into the then-former City Hall on Gurnee Avenue would be the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and as a new city auditorium, the city might buy the old Winn-Dixie building in Noble Street’s 1600 block. That part has yet to be negotiated, however. Also this date: Chalk Line Manufacturing Inc., one of Calhoun County’s largest employers, yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has been struggling financially for a couple of years, but it hopes to continue operating while it seeks a buyer, according to U.S. Bankruptcy official Kenneth A. Comfort. A 1989 leveraged buyout that left the company roughly $56.2 million in debt is said to be the source of most the current financial difficulty. Chalk Line is a privately held company that’s not required to reveal anything of significance about its operations or financial health.

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