Nov. 7, 1944, in The Star: The urgent needs of the public schools of Alabama were stressed by Houston Cole, president of Jacksonville State Teachers College, in his address to members of the Civitan Club at their meeting yesterday. Dr. Cole recommended that county school superintendents be elected by school boards, not by direct vote of the people; 46 counties select a superintendent by the latter method, he said. Dr. Cole also said teachers should not be required to pay substitutes out of their own salaries when sick, and that an annual state appropriation of $400,000 should take care of that expense.

Also this date: Radio coverage of the national elections taking place today will commence at 7 p.m. on the Blue Network, carried over local station WHMA, and will continue through the night. A special effort will be made to present the returns in a pattern identifiable by the listener, instead of merely announcing piecemeal and unrelated results of balloting across the country.

Nov. 7, 1994, in The Star: To combat the loneliness that new friends can’t cure, churches, parents and even universities send “care” packages to college students, who eagerly await them at their campus address. “It’s kind of touch of home out of the blue,” said Noah Rucker, director of Jacksonville State University’s Marriott Food Service, which twice a year offers package which parents can then send to their child for $15.50. Last night, the high school youth group of Anniston’s First Presbyterian Church packed about 20 boxes to send to church “kids” who are now away working on their college degrees. “We did it to let them know we missed them and still loved them and hadn’t forgotten them,” said Gayle McClellan, leader of the Presbyterian youth group.

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