April 14, 1943, in The Star: The Anniston City Commission yesterday afternoon granted an Anniston businessman permission to tie onto the city sewer system with a line that would support 39 new homes. E. Y Dishman, local lumber and materials dealer, said the new sewer line would be built at no cost to the city and would serve an area lying north of Tenth Street, south of the Municipal Golf Course and west of the eastern border of the city limits. Dishman said he couldn’t guarantee when the homes would be built, but that assurance on the sewer system connection would be good to have now. Also this date: Capt. Morris Pelham, who lost his life in an active-duty plane crash at Fort Benning last year, will be memorialized with an inscription on the back of the Quintard Parkway monument which already honors his 19th century kinsman, John “The Gallant” Pelham.
April 14, 1993, in The Star: Bill Chitwood has spent 81 years living on DeArmanville Drive. From his white frame house not far from the railroad crossing, he’s heard the sounds of shattering glass and wrenching metal as cars and trucks met trains and lost the fight. Yesterday was a day he never thought he'd live to see. That's when he looked out his door and saw a Norfolk Southern railroad crew taking the first steps to installing safety equipment at the crossing. The crossing has been the site of four fatal train-vehicle collisions since 1990 and dozens more in Chitwood's lifetime. “It thrills my heart to see that they've started it,” said Chitwood, DeArmanville's “honorary” mayor who has spearheaded several petitions and campaigns through the years to get the crossing improved. Also this date: After calmly voting 3-2 last night against a proposal to rezone a 9.3-acre parcel on Greenbrier to allow the development of a 40-unit complex of patio homes, the Anniston City Council went into a closed-door executive session in which tempers erupted – apparently in reaction to how the vote went versus how it had been expected to go. The council’s rejection of the rezoning proposal came in the face of strong opposition from residents living in the Golden Acres, Forestbrook, Winterpark and Canterbury subdivisions nearby. The developer of the proposed 40-unit project, Brian Williams, wanted the area rezoned from single-family residential to PR-1, which allows for more housing units per acre. The Anniston Planning Commission was OK with the rezoning, but the residents at the council meeting were not.