March 18, 1942, in The Star: The blackout drill held last night was successful both locally and statewide, bringing home to many the realization that their nation is at war and their home territory could be attacked by enemy forces. As for the “blacking out” itself, most people complied. One downtown store was flooded with lights but they were finally extinguished, and there was one instance where the resident of a private home just flat refused to cooperate. (County health officer Dr. J. M. Kimmey later remarked he didn’t understand how that person escaped some damaging experience from the hands of other residents.) The blackout started a little ahead of the schedule announced to leaders, but once the sirens started at 8:51 p.m., the town was dark within a few minutes. Police, auxiliary police and air raid wardens stopped vehicles in the city while highway patrolmen and other auxiliaries halted traffic coming into town. The main thing officials learned during the blackout is that all emergency personnel could in fact be assembled at duty stations, ready to act if an actual emergency occurred.
March 18, 1992, in The Star: The Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals competed against each other in one of their trademark slapstick, all-fun, crowd-participation games at Pete Mathews Coliseum last night in Jacksonville. A group of Anniston youth basketball players attended, including Evan Pinson, 8, Joey Riggins, 12, and Duane McClain, 11, who all won basketballs, while Kyle Braxton, 8, of Anniston enjoyed some court time during the game during a lighthearted shooting stunt.