Jan. 31, 1943, in The Star: Citizens of Anniston will unite this afternoon to observe the first anniversary of the founding of the Negro USO Club in Anniston and to celebrate the formal opening of the new building on West 15th Street. Director Ralph Metcalfe, who assumed leadership of the club when it was first organized last February, has invited all to attend the event. Distinguished members of the community of both races will contribute to the program, as will military officials from Fort McClellan. Also this date: The keynote address of the 33rd annual meeting of the Anniston Chamber of Commerce, held two nights ago, was delivered by University of Alabama President Raymond Paty. He spoke on the topic, “Colleges and the War.” Dr. Paty was presented to the guests by Anniston Star publisher Col. H. M. Ayers. (While in town, Dr. Paty also addressed the organizational meeting of the Calhoun County chapter of the Alumni Association of the University of Alabama, R. Earle Jones of Anniston, president.)

Jan. 31, 1993, in The Star: As the incoming chairwoman of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and the first woman to occupy that post, Cynthia Austin Wingo will be the most prominent woman in Anniston’s business community. She said she hopes her new position, which she assumed Jan. 23, “makes it easier for women who want to work hard.” Her “day job” is manager of South Central Bell’s corporate and external affairs for Calhoun and surrounding counties.