Aug. 2, 1942, in the Star: The first black men of Anniston to serve in the Marine Corps are Andrew Herod Swanson and Cleveland Jennings. They were sworn in at the local recruiting office last week and are on inactive duty pending their call to New River, N.C., where they will receive their basic training. Also this date: Cecil Montgomery, a well-known young man of Anniston, yesterday assumed the duties of chief deputy sheriff under W. L. Borders. Mr. Montgomery has served three years in the Anniston police department, including duties as a motorcycle officer. Additionally: A strike by area bus drivers has affected the way Fort McClellan soldiers are typically able to travel easily to and from town, so the local USO chairman is urging local residents to give rides to any soldiers who need them.
Aug. 2, 1992, in The Star: The Rev. J.L. Stringer is trying for a comeback. The former Hobson City mayor wants his old job. But to get there, he has to face Mayor Willie Maude Snow in the Aug. 25 election and perhaps answer a lot of questions from voters about his past and why he is running. Stringer's past includes a conviction for failing to pay state taxes. “At the time, I was broke and I paid it when I could,'' he said, adding that he received probation and served no jail sentence. Stringer, 52, said his history should not be held against him. “When a man pays his dues, they should not keep a noose around his neck,” he said. In the 1970s, he served eight years as mayor and two years as city manager and currently is pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church. Also this date: The Roanoke City Council has voted to buy seven video cameras to install in its police department vehicles. The cost through a lease-purchase agreement will be $225.64 monthly per unit for two years. The cameras will film arrests, particularly drunken-driving incidents. Authorities believe such videos will strengthen police cases at the court level, and that the revenue from fines will help cover the expenses of the cameras.