Sept. 6, 1943, in The Star: This Labor Day was one of the quietest holidays that Anniston and this section of Alabama has seen in years. Peace officers reported only the normal number of calls during the weekend and only one accident of consequence was reported. In downtown Anniston things were exceptionally quiet, in part because thousands of children went back to school today and virtually all business houses were closed for the holiday. Also this date: Starting tomorrow new driver’s licenses will be issued at the Calhoun County probate office and 1944 license plates for automobiles will go on sale Oct. 1. The current driver’s licenses become delinquent Sept. 30 and all drivers have been urged to get their licenses by that time. Extra employees will be on hand to issue the licenses.

Sept. 6, 1993, in The Star: A former gang member named Frank Matthews yesterday led a Hug Day II “Stop the Killing” rally in Zinn Park. The event, sponsored by the local chapter of the SCLC, was designed to fight the spread of crime and gang violence in Anniston. “Too many kids are losing their lives over stinking, dirty, rotten rags” Matthews said as he spat upon a blue bandanna, which is commonly used to signify gang membership.

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