May 3, 1942, in The Star: Election day is usually a widely anticipated event throughout the county, but the one that occurs day after tomorrow has comparatively little interest — it’s the party primary for several county and state offices. The lieutenant governor’s race might be followed by some around here given the local connection of one of the candidates, Clarence Inzer of Gadsden. He owns property in Calhoun County and is married to the daughter of W. H. Weatherly, prominent Anniston banker and businessman. The county race is notable because of the change in the governing body being elected: No longer to be a five-man board of revenue, elected by district, it’ll be a three-man board, elected by all voters of the county. Also this date: Several children who live along Ohatchee’s Route 1 were injured two days ago when their school bus ran off Ingram Wells Road, not far off the Anniston-Ohatchee Road, and overturned. Twelve of the 20 youngsters on the bus required some type of hospital treatment. The bus was under the operation of an 18-year-old substitute driver; the bus itself was of the old wooden-body type and coincidentally was on its last-ever run, due to be replaced by a new bus.
May 3, 1992, in The Star: For the past several years, the Fort McClellan Police Explorers Post 1 has run both concession and souvenir stands at Talladega Superspeedway on race weekends. Last year, it raised $3,300 and was able to buy a 1987 Dodge Ram for its activities. The Explorers post is one of about 25 non-profit local groups that manage Southern Catering Service Inc.'s food stands. Of the 2,000 people who work Southern Catering's jobs during race weekend, 90 percent are there to raise money for their churches, ambulance squads or civic groups, says Steve Conway, operations manager for Southern Catering. Stands can raise anywhere from $500 to $5,000, depending on how many days they're open. For the Explorers club, the May and July race weekend booths are its biggest fund-raiser. The club keeps 8 percent of its souvenir sales and 10 percent of its food sales. “They (Southern Catering) are our pocket book,” said Judi Knoop, chief adviser to the Explorers club.