Jan. 4, 1943, in The Star: According to a general order, the Branch Immaterial Replacement Training Center at Fort McClellan today was officially redesignated as an Infantry Replacement Training Center. Now, essentially two types of training will take place here: basic training, to give young men the physical and mental preparation they need as soldiers, and infantry training, which will teach care and use of a 37-mm. anti-tank gun, an 81-mm mortar and a .30 cal. watercooled machine gun. Also this date: Funeral services will be held at Usrey’s chapel tomorrow afternoon for William David Staples Sr., 61, of 1112 Quintard Ave. He died yesterday at Garner Hospital. A graduate of the University of Chicago and a member of the American Veterinary Association and the Alabama Veterinary Association, Staples had been retired from active practice the past few years; a son, Wilfred W. Staples, is carrying on his work.

Jan. 4, 1993, in The Star: The new year got off to a good start for Calhoun County’s economy with the announcement this morning of a new apparel plant. B&A Manufacturing of Wadley announced it has moved into the old Sandra Sportswear plant in Weaver and is now hiring up to 50 workers, with many more anticipated later. It’s owned by two women who worked 12 years at Sandra Sportswear, which closed in August. Also this date: Speaking of clothing, Alabama’s national champion football team has sparked a land rush on Tide garments. At Hibbett Sporting Goods at Quintard Mall, the line for T-shirts and sweat shirts began before the store opened the morning after the victory. “We’ve sold out four times already,” Mike Monnet, the store’s manager, said today.