Jan. 18, 1943, in The Star: Legal brakes have brought the federal government's Quintard widening project to a screeching halt as six property owners between 18th and 22nd streets have obtained a temporary restraining order on the work to force a court to consider the question of proper compensation for the loss of “several large and beautiful shade trees” along that 32-foot-wide portion of the boulevard. The property owners are also not happy that Quintard will become a through-traffic street instead of ending at 22nd. One of the property owners is Anniston High School Principal P. G. Myer, who lives at 2009 Quintard. The Quintard widening project, combined with construction of an all-new divided highway up to Summerall Gate, is needed to give the Army quicker access to Fort McClellan. Also this date: Inaugurated into service today as Alabama’s new governor, Chauncey Sparks declared that he wished “rather to be helpful than honored.” On the question of race relations, he conceded that mistakes have been made in how some citizens have been treated, but he also indicated that people elsewhere who would cast blame are guilty of problems of their own. Sparks added, “The Negro and the white can live in peace in Alabama if they recognize and lay down as fundamentals two principles which are inviolable. First, complete racial segregation; second, independent racial development.” Incidentally, Judge Sparks is Alabama’s first bachelor governor in 70 years, and as such a niece will serve as the state’s first lady.
Jan. 18, 1993, in The Star: Charlie G. Williams, 64, who was a school principal in Piedmont for a short time in 1991, and prior to that the elected superintendent of South Carolina’s public schools from 1979-91, is now Alabama’s new assistant school superintendent. Williams’ son is an Anniston physician.