Jan. 14, 1943, in The Star: The Colored USO Club is now getting arranged in its own new quarters in west Anniston, the modern building having been erected by the Federal Security Agency on property bought by the City of Anniston and donated to the federal government. The club was founded on Jan. 31 of last year under the direction of Ralph Metcalf, the former sprinter.

Jan. 14, 1993, in The Star: Folks who have never tasted grits and who have to put chains on their tires in winter are tuning their radios to the likes of Pam Tillis, Alan Jackson and Clint Black as country music soars in popularity. For example, four years ago, when Slip Disc record store opened in Saks, country sales accounted for about 3 percent of the business. Today, sales are more than 30 percent country. “And the whole typecast of what a country music fan is has gone out the window,” said store owner Carl Lackey. “It’s not uncommon for a kid to walk in here, buy a metal record, a pop rock record and a country record.” Incidentally, Slip Disc now has two locations: in Anniston at Anniston Plaza and now in Oxford at 610 Quintard Drive, in the old Pic ‘n Pay shoe store.