Oh, rats

Recall earlier this year Anniston officials in 1943 concluded they needed to take decisive action against rats infesting all areas of the city. They brought in expert rat-killers and found out to their dismay that three species of the pest make their home here.

April 11, 1943, in The Star: Commencement exercises for Calhoun County Training School will get under way Thursday, April 15, when an operetta entitled “A Rose Dream” will be presented to inaugurate a series of seven programs marking this year’s graduation. The Rev. A. W. Rice, pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church of Anniston, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon and the graduation ceremony itself will take place for 12th-grade students Friday, April 23, under the direction of Principal C. E. Hanna. Also this date: Climaxing an afternoon of relatively high temperatures, a windstorm, accompanied by lightning, rain and hail, descended upon Anniston about 5:30 yesterday afternoon. The high velocity wind cleared most of the dead limbs from Anniston’s trees. Street Department workers were called back in to clear the streets of debris.

April 11, 1993, in The Star: An article on men and women who have turned to full-time pastoral work later in life spotlights the stories of Margaret Northen, Jim Knight and Jack Causey. Northen, formerly a legal assistant, is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. Knight, formerly program director at WDNG radio in Anniston, is pastor of Greenbrier Road Baptist Church. Causey was once a vice president at a bank but now is pastor of Alexandria United Methodist Church.

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