Jan. 6, 1943, in The Star: Several businesses in Anniston and Oxford will serve as depositories for old magazines donated by civilians for distribution among soldiers. The magazines will be placed on troop trains leaving Fort McClellan. Any kind of magazine is suitable, and its date makes no difference. However, it has been observed that the picture magazines such as “Life” are the more popular. Also this date: The brand-new Calhoun County Commission had its first formal meeting yesterday and decided its regular meetings from here on out would take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 1:30 in the afternoon.

Jan. 6, 1993, in The Star: Two Ranburne High School students have made the National Merit Scholarship semifinalist list. Jason Shumake, son of Jack and Dixie Shumake, and Zach Butterworth, son of Willard and Joan Butterworth, scored high on tests given as juniors. Both are now seniors and they share many achievements and honors; for example, both have perfect grade point averages and have been named co-valedictorians in their class. Both are peer tutors and members of the concert band, but each has also accomplished much in his own right. Also this date: The first major public step in some months in Anniston school board’s search for a new superintendent was taken yesterday when the board was given a list of seven finalists for the job. The list includes two local educators — Johnston Elementary School Principal Dr. Richard Hooks and Anniston High School Assistant Principal Ruby Evans. Two of the out-of-towners being considered are Dr. Paul R. Goodwin, superintendent in Fairfield, and Dr. Edward L. Hall, assistant superintendent of Talladega County.