October 10, 1943, in The Star: A black sailor from Jacksonville, Sam Stinsom, has been awarded The Purple Heart and as such is one of the few Alabamians to whom the Purple Heart has been awarded. Stinsom earned the award for heroic service during the fighting in the Solomons in October, 1942. He was wounded in his face and had to be treated and allowed to heal in Los Angeles for several months. He’s a nephew of Cora Glover of Jacksonville. Also this date: There’s been talk between the Calhoun County Board of Education and Anniston Warehouse Company — the entity which operates Anniston Ordnance Depot — about establishing a school at the depot and operating it as a unit of the Calhoun County system. Currently it’s thought that such a school would enroll 215 to 260 pupils from families to be housed in DeSoto Homes, which are now being built at the depot. Additionally: In an expansion of its detective division, Anniston Police Department has promoted Ed Taylor, Dan Jones and Cecil Montgomery to that branch of the operation. They join T. A. Cannon, who’s now captain, and Clarence Pate. However, renovation of the City Hall building needs to be completed before the police department and its new detectives can operate at full effectiveness.
October 10, 1993, in The Star: Heflin is asking the State Department of Transportation to restore the traffic light it removed from the Burns-Ross streets intersection downtown during a recent improvement program. Several accidents have occurred there since the light came down, say Heflin officials, and they want it returned. The state, however, said the light wasn’t needed after a traffic survey that county the volume of vehicles using the intersection on Ross Street, the town’s main artery.