May 14, 1944, in The Star: Anniston’s first day care center for children of working mothers will open June 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 10th and Quintard, the Anniston Board of Education announced yesterday. Thirty white children between the ages of 2 and 6 will be accommodated. A head teacher and two assistants will be in charge of the program, which tentatively has been scheduled to open at 7 a.m. and extend until 9 p.m. This center and two others that are planned are made possible by funds supplied by the federal government and matched locally. Charges for meals and other incidentals have caused officials to set a price of the service at $2.50 per week. Also this date: Due to the many requests received, the Ritz Theater is happy to present again a screening of the movie Best Foot Forward, featuring Tommy Dix, Lucille Ball and the movie of Harry James and his orchestra. Dix, who has attracted widespread attention during his stay at Fort McClellan, also received much acclaim after singing at the local USO and at the Fort McClellan amphitheater. Dix, who sang a sweet tenor in grammar school days and whose voice changed at 11 to a deep baritone, sings his famous “Buckle Down Winsocki” tune in the movie. Best Foot Forward will be the Ritz’s Bargain Day attraction tomorrow and the next day.
May 14, 1994, in The Star: Calhoun County’s first “Dusk ’Til Dawn Relay for Life” started last night at 7 p.m. at Oxford High School’s Lamar Field. “It’s really a good time, and we just slide a fundraiser in with it,” said Bobby Foster, event chairman and one of the many Kitchin’s employees participating. As a means of raising money to aid in the fight against cancer, Relay for Life started nationally in the late 1980s and has been in Alabama for about four years. Several schools and businesses were represented at the event in Oxford. Also this date: In his column today, George Smith offers his first impressions of Eli Henderson as a political candidate. Running for his first political office, the county commission seat for District 3, Henderson is an ex-Marine retired from AAD and has a swimming pool in his back yard that’s stocked with fish. George tells us that’s so Henderson can play host to a special group of kids from Wellborn and let them enjoy the thrill of catching their own fish.