April 25, 1943, in The Star: Two local municipal chief executives once worked for the same company, it was noted recently. Anniston Commission Chairman J. F. King – the “King” in King Motor Company – recalls Hobson City Mayor Howard Cunningham as a good employee of the business when he worked there. Mr. Cunningham became Hobson City’s mayor several weeks ago upon the death of the previous mayor. “Somehow I missed knowing about him becoming mayor of Hobson City, but I know he will do his best to serve his people,” Mr. King said of his counterpart. Also this date: A young man of the Anniston area has lost his life in an aerial training accident at Englewood, Fla. 2nd Lt. Rudolph E Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Bailey, who live on the Birmingham Highway was a graduate of Anniston High School. He attended the University of Alabama for one term, then entered the Army Air Corps. He received his wings in October 1942 and in December married a young woman from Tuscumbia. Additionally: The amphitheater at Fort McClellan is the setting this morning for two separate Easter Sunday services: a Protestant service at 6 a.m. and a Catholic service at 10:30 a.m.
April 25, 1993, in The Star: It was a strange mix for downtown Anniston yesterday. Lycra spandex outdistanced denim as the fashionable fabric of the day. More ponytails were spotted on men than women. And bicycles, not cars, were the vehicle of choice. But what else would one expect when dozens of the nation's top bicycle racers were invited to Anniston to take part in the inaugural Anniston Criterium, a series of races through downtown? To share in the festive atmosphere, bars opened their doors and music drifted out. Merchants set up shop on the sidewalks, and the Courthouse Cafe placed two tables outside their front windows to become an outdoor café. Organizers did provide some musical entertainment and some crafts booths, but the music was sporadic and the shopping selection was slim. Also this date: The city of Heflin has its first parks and recreation director. The City Council hired George Iliff, a former Weaver resident who has been a longtime participant and coach in Heflin’s baseball for youth activities.