Aug. 6, 1942, in The Star: Efforts are under way in earnest in Anniston and Oxford to collect scrap materials from all sorts of places for the war effort. Boy Scouts in both cities are leading the way; in Oxford they’re going house to house for scrap metals and rubber, a campaign being overseen by C. W. Hastings, Frank Butenschon Jr. and Clayton Walker. A collection bin for the scrap has been placed at the Standard Filling Station at Choccolocco and Main streets. Prevailing prices will be paid for scrap in situations where residents want to sell it; otherwise the scrap will be donated and its proceeds will go to the Calhoun County Defense Council. Anniston Boy Scouts are focusing their work on Pelham Range, where it’s figured the several hundred families who moved from that region about 18 months ago left behind plenty of scrap-worthy machinery parts and the like.
Aug. 6, 1992, in The Star: Worried by the prospect of 50 states making 50 sets of laws regarding abortion, Democratic Sen. Richard Shelby says he favors codifying the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision as national law. Considering himself “not pro-abortion, but pro-choice,” Shelby said, “I ultimately believe abortion is a woman’s decision and that I should not make the decision for a woman I would never know, for a woman I have never met or for a woman in whose shoes I have never walked.” A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allows states a larger role in regulating the medical procedure. Also this date: Bushes and trees cover the site now, but if state Sen. Doug Ghee, D-Anniston, has his way a refurbished Civil War-era Janney Furnace will eventually bring tourist dollars to Calhoun County. The furnace is on 100 acres owned by former Ohatchee Mayor Roscoe Winn.