May 14, 1943, in The Star: The Alabama Senate today approved a bill that authorizes jail for persons who are suspected by county health officers of having a venereal disease and who refuse to be examined and treated. A person who allows examination will not go to jail, explained Perry County Sen. Dr. T. J. Jones, who introduced the measure. It passed 28 to 0, but not before the Senate heard objections from Sen. Elvin McCary of Anniston that the bill was, in the words of another senator who also objected, “dangerous” because it gave health officers “too great a power.” Sen. McCary asked that the bill be amended to limit the time a person might be kept in jail to 12 hours, but his motion was not approved.
May 14, 1993, in The Star: Although the number of gang-related crimes, including two recent homicides, has increased, authorities say, soberingly, that gangs in Anniston are actually considered to be in their infancy because they lack the organization and hard-core violence of the bigger city groups. Gang activity here has been rising steadily since the first groups arrived about four years ago. In 1989, when OTB, or Out The Bricks, started in Anniston, the city recorded two gang-related incidents, says Anniston police Capt. John Dryden. That year, police arrested 17 gang members, he said. But in 1991, the number of incidents climbed to 23, then to 36 last year. But the community is fighting back. Several hundred parents gathered at Saks High School last night to learn about gangs and how to stunt their rapid growth in Anniston. Also this date: Anniston has had seven homicides since January — far more than in any recent year. Over the past three years, robberies in Anniston have increased by 13 percent and assaults have jumped 27 percent. Additionally: Mike Royer and Pam Huff will be the news anchors at both 5 and 10 p.m. on WVTM-TV in Birmingham, according to a statement yesterday from the station. The change is an effort to boost ratings, said the station’s news director.