Aug. 8, 1943, in The Star: The blacktopping of the Tenth Street Mountain road has begun and the project will be completed as soon as possible. It’s part of a road project package that will see the paving of the last section of the Eulaton Pike which enters Anniston Ordnance Depot near the old Burns Cross Roads. The Calhoun County Commission’s policy is to pave where the greatest amount of traffic flows, and these two projects certainly qualify. Also this date: Speaking of traffic, a full-page advertisement placed by Anniston’s 10 independent taxicab companies explains how a system of eight call boxes has been established around the city (and Oxford) so that any taxi driver who has taken a fare near one of these relatively distant points can call back to his headquarters – rather than expensively drive back – to learn where his next fare will be. The efficiency is important during these days of wartime scarcity and shortages. The main switchboard for the taxi call service is located inside the Alabama Hotel, 12th and Noble.

Aug. 8, 1993, in The Star: The dark clouds and steady rain early yesterday morning caused no pause in pre-race warmups and other activities carried on by runners in the 13th annual Woodstock 5K. As one of the younger runners observed around 7:30 a.m., “The rain can’t hurt us.” In fact, it might have helped Layne Anderson, 26, an Auburn University graduate student who came in first with a time of 15:43 for the 3.1-mile run. Nicely, the rain did let up just about the same moment the starting gun fired for the field of nearly 500 runners. Also this date: Anniston Plaza shopping center is starting to look a little empty and forlorn with the departure of yet another business, Slip Disc, a music-CD store owned by Carl Lackey. He moved out about a month ago to sell his product at a new location in Lenlock. Wal-Mart, of course, did the same around last October. Five businesses remain at the shopping center.

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