Feb. 7, 1943, in The Star: Conditions created by overcrowded housing conditions in Anniston continued to draw the municipal government’s attention last week. The problem lies not just with garbage pickup, dealt with previously, but land usage and building code violations. Trailers are being parked and tents are being erected in places where they shouldn’t be, based on city regulations, and extension cords or wires are routing electricity to places where it cannot safely go. Structural improvements are being undertaken without approval from the city building inspector and there are also problems with sanitation at the mushroom trailer camps. Anniston has several approved trailer camps, but it has others which are not. Also this date: A tornado that struck the region just south of Oxford on Friday afternoon, Feb. 5, caused much damage to Southern Mills, according to company manager Otto Latsch. For example, roofs of warehouses containing raw cotton and finished products of the mill were badly damaged and parts were blown away. Streams of water from the broken sprinkler system ruined more cotton. Additionally: Friends of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Martin, 2113 Quintard Ave., will be concerned to learn that a motor vehicle accident in North Africa has seriously injured their son, Lt. Charles “Chuck” Martin. He has been in a plaster cast for some time in a North African hospital.
Feb. 7, 1993, in The Star: For the last four months of 1992, the small manufacturing plant in Weaver known as Sandra Sportswear Inc. was deserted and silent. But now it is a hub of activity, with a new name, new owners and a growing roster of workers. The discarded scraps of fluorescent fabric that litter the plant's concrete floor are the best evidence that the plant — now transformed into B&A Manufacturing — is a promising business. And that is good news for the new owners, Shelbie Ann Brown, 45, who serves as president, and Barbara Ann Broome, 41, who is vice president. Also this date: Although his team, Oxford, didn’t win the Class 5A wrestling championship last night in Oxford, Yellow Jacket wrestler Stacy Killian pinned all three of his state tourney opponents to finish his season 37-0. The tournament’s coaches and officials voted him Most Valuable Wrestler at the event. This was Killian’s third consecutive state title; the first two he won in the 130 weight class, while this one was 135.