Snow prep

A city sand-spreading team is shown working next to the Stewart Cleaners building on East 11th Street in Anniston on March 12, 1993, in anticipation of a noticeable amount of snow.

March 13, 1943, was a Saturday during a time when The Star didn’t publish on that day of the week.

March 13, 1993, in The Star: In the Saturday morning edition of the newspaper, prepared about 12 hours after the Friday afternoon edition, we learn that northeast Alabama residents are “hunkered down to wait out Friday night’s storm.” All roads were closed in Cherokee County, for example, in light of the National Weather Service at midday Friday changing its storm warning to include heavy snowfall and severe daytime cold. Shoppers at Lively’s Foodland in Piedmont were fighting over the buggies to ensure they could stock up on provisions. Also this date: Alongside dispiriting news yesterday that Fort McClellan is again on a Pentagon closure list came the cheering surprise that Anniston Army Depot could be in line for more than 700 new civilian jobs – apparently from expected cutbacks at Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania. Details and a timeline aren’t available right now, however. Meanwhile, some in the Anniston business community are starting to think that efforts need also to be directed toward preparing for the city’s economic life after the fort, given that this process is not going to go away. “I do think it would be prudent,” said Joel Carter, president of United Savings Bank. Additionally: After about a month of debate on the topic, the Anniston City Council voted yesterday to change 10th Street back to a two-way route from west of Noble Street out to Glen Addie Avenue. Signage and striping should make it all work within about 90 days.

Editor's note: Due to road closings during the Blizzard of '93, Saturday's paper wasn't actually delivered until Tuesday afternoon.

Dates in history:

1639 New College was renamed Harvard College for clergyman John Harvard.

1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure prohibiting Union military officers from returning fugitive slaves to their owners.

1901 The 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67.

1925 The Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)

1938 Famed attorney Clarence S. Darrow died in Chicago.

1969 The Apollo 9 astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.

1980 Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., found the company not guilty of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.