Sept. 22, 1942, in The Star: Garner Hospital is operating at capacity every day, meaning it cannot assure reserved rooms or even hospitalization to all, the Hospital Board announced today. If a major catastrophe or epidemic occurred, the Anniston hospital would be unable to absorb the demand. Meantime, the board and the City Commission are hopeful of getting final approval soon for a federal grant to build a new hospital; the application has been pending for 15 months. Also this date: No doubt proud to have Hollywood stars and a paying public visit — for the Salute to Heroes War Bond Rally tomorrow night — Jefferson Davis Hotel owner Stanton Ingram and his staff are pleased to let the public know about all the amenities of their enlarged establishment. It has 75 new rooms, which all boast tub-shower combinations, ceiling fans and circulating ice water, as well as air conditioned rooms expertly decorated.
Sept. 22, 1992, in The Star: In an attempt to discover why Hobson City’s sewer payments to Anniston increase in rainy months, the smaller town has hired a Montgomery engineering firm to evaluate its 30-year-old lines. To detect where leaks are evidently coming from, the firm will pump white smoke into the lines. Also this date: Sports writer and columnist Geoff Calkins notes that he turned 31 recently — on a football weekend, to boot. So in a light column he devotes to topics such as “best cheerleaders” and “best team colors,” Calkins says the best food prices are at Cherokee County High School by far, where one can get a Coke for 75 cents and a hot dog or nachos for a dollar.