July 1, 1943, in The Star: Cheaha Lodge, the recently completed resort center at Cheaha State Park, will open this coming Saturday for the season. The lodge, which will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Lamb, contains 14 rooms and a dining room. In addition, there are 11 cabins provided for campers near Pulpit Rock, a popular observation point. Also this date: Advocates of a state constitutional amendment to place education on a parity with officially designated “essential” functions of the state government — helpful when it comes to distribution of state funds — saw their hopes dashed for another two years today when the proposal failed to gain sufficient votes in the Alabama House. An overwhelming majority of representatives approved of the idea, 55-22, but the margin still wasn’t wide enough to send the measure to the people as an amendment, according to the rules.
July 1, 1993, in The Star: Kim Cunningham, a Piedmont police officer who has served as acting chief of the 12-person department before, has been appointed to that position again following the resignation this week of police Chief Bill Fann. Cunningham has said he doesn’t want the job full-time so Piedmont leaders have begun the search for a new chief. Also this date: Wayne Shepard, the new director of Oxford Emergency Medical Services Inc., has already made a difference there by overseeing the installation of a new computerized billing system that will shave weeks off the waiting time for the company’s reimbursement from Medicare.